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JM ate the ravioli quattro formaggi and a lemonade.
Nichole ate the gnocchi and a Pepsi.
The bill was $24, or $12/person, plus tip.
JM gave Biaggi's an A-; Nichole gave Biaggi's a B+ (see our grading rubric).
This small-ish chain was better than we expected from yet another excursion into one of the many "lifestyle centers" popping up all over Madison.
We walked in and felt oddly at home - the windows were bedecked with the same brand and style of blinds we just had put up (oh, what a long, hard slog that was) in a different finish. The dining room was large and open, with most tables seating four or more. This made for a jovial atmosphere. Lots of office park people were out for Friday lunch, but our jeans were not unwelcome.
The food was very tasty, but the portion size seemed inconsistent. Nichole was stuffed full of gnocchi after half a plate, but JM was still peckish after his five large ravioli were long gone. The service was superb, and included the mixing of "Biaggi butter" (olive oil, ground parmesan, pepper) at the table.
One little flaw - that we might have dealt with more harshly, we suppose - is that JM discovered a little creepy-crawly meandering across the basil leaf on top of his ravioli. We took this to be affirmation that it was indeed fresh, and since JM wasn't going to nosh the basil sprig anyway, he overlooked it. Then again, the creepy-crawly could have been from the third or fourth generation of Biaggi's Walk-in Cooler residents...but no matter. It wasn't the worst kind, after all.