Athlete’s Food

Posted December 30, 2009 in Eats

When I was little, my mom always packed my lunch. But occasionally when the cafeteria served chalupas or pizza, I’d ask for a dollar instead. And I remember visiting my elementary school years later and buying a hot pack, not for the food, but because when you visit your old school cafeteria you buy the lunch. It’s like when you go to Dodger stadium you buy the Dodger Dog—it’s like a ritual and you can’t get it anywhere else. Luckily if you’re a Chargers or Padres fan, Oggi’s pizza is available outside of the stadiums. 


As the official pizza of the Chargers, Padres, Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes and Del Mar race tracks, Oggi’s may be one of those ritual foods, but if you’re not in the mood to have a slice at the stadiums, you don’t have to wait until the next game to chow down. Oggi’s, for Inland Empire sports fans, is conveniently located in Corona (this is the one we tried out) as well as Temecula and Apple Valley. 


Its discrete Corona franchise is quiet on a Friday night with only an older group celebrating a birthday, but that may be because the only big game on was a basketball game. While it seems like a place your parents might invade to get away, with screens in every direction and plenty of seating room, Oggi’s could be one of those places where you can easily bring your large group of raging pigskin fans and get away with screaming at the TVs. 


At first, the menus are a bit intimidating with a large variety to choose from: salads, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and—of course—pizzas. And if you’re looking for a good cool beverage, Oggi’s also brews a long list of beers ranging from the light (Light Lager, Sunset Amber Ale and Torrey Pine’s IPA) to the dark (Black Magic Stout), making it even harder to choose. But at least there’s something for everyone.


If you’re looking for something with a lot of flavor, the Vodka Penne Di Parma is a good choice. Packed with sautéed chicken bits, red bell peppers, green onions and portobello mushrooms in a creamy sauce, the dish offers a lot for your taste buds and goes well with a Light Lager. But if a darker beer and lighter meal is what you’re looking for, the Turkey Ranch Wrap, a sun-dried tomato basil wrap filled with turkey, provolone, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce and just the right amount of ranch, is a good way to go without having to pick from the salad menu. And of course, there’s always the pizza. 


You can always make your own or order a pepperoni or Hawaiian pizza. But, if you’re having trouble picking toppings, Oggi’s pizzas are named after various sports and sport terms, so if you feel like seeing a field goal, get the Field Goal; if you feel like seeing a slam dunk, get a Slam Dunk. If by chance you’re more of a winter sports person, the Alpine Skier is a great light pizza to go with any beer. Topped with chicken, Roma tomatoes and olives over a pesto sauce with a fluffy crust, the pie isn’t an overload at all, but has just the right amount of flavor. 


And even if your sport is more of the couch potato-type deal, Oggi’s offers take-out with the convenience of ordering straight from their website complete with menus. So, why wait until the next big game?


Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co., 2363 California Ave. Ste. 105, Corona, (951) 817-0748, AE, D, M, V.



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