Imagine a gooey, cheesey, spinach-laden dip served with crispy flatbred; a simple, lightly dressed salad; and pasta topped with fresh tomatoes, tangy olives and feta cheese. Dinner at Burgundy's Italian Grille is filling and oh-so-flavorful.
Located in a not-so-beautiful part of town, along a strip of road lined by car dealerships, warehouses and a factory of sorts, Burgundy's can't claim the best curb appeal. Between the location and the slightly Olive Garden-y exterior, we were skeptical. But once inside, everything changed. The decor was warm and inviting, with tromp l’oeil paintings of architectural details (including smooth plaster with brick peeking through and large stone medallions). There was ample seating in the two dining rooms and a long, polished wood bar.
The menu featured basics—thin-crust pizzas, spaghetti, eggplant parmesan, lasagna—but also steaks, a nice selection of fish dishes and even a meat loaf. After bread and butter (tasty but nothing special), entrees came with a salad. It was a basic salad, predressed, served family style but loaded with veggies and not sodden with dressing. The Mediterranean pasta special featured tomatoes, spinach, artichokes, kalamata olives and a huge pile of feta, dressed with olive oil and a bit of lemon, over capellini. The cheese and olives added a nice tang to complement the acidic tomatoes, and it was a bright, flavorful meal.
Service was friendly enough and prompt, and we could see that in better weather (we had rain) an outdoor patio would be an inviting place to dine. Sure, the view of a factory isn’t the best, but the bright containers full of blooms, the charming dining sets and the big umbrellas—along with good food and good company—would completely make up for it.