unobtrusive bread service, nice pinot grigio, unobtrusive water, great food, tasty sauces, elegant target, gem west hollywood
Foodies and Italian-craving families head to this trattoria for comfort-style grub in the heart of Culver City..
This is the kind of place where chefs whip up steaming pans of spaghetti marinara and fettucine bolognese in a stainless-steel open kitchen and the owner makes the rounds to greet guests as they sip red wine at white-clothed tables. The soft Italian music floating in the background sets a relaxing tone and the button-down patrons at the marble-topped wine bar add a little zest to the scene. A huge colorful painting of a man preparing dinner for his family covers a beige wall, sitting high above tables of four. Dishes include a range of Italian classics like linguine del pescatore entrees while sweet finishers include torta del nonna.
An excellent new restaurant!. My husband and I decided to try Brunello Trattoria, hoping it would erase the bad memory of dining at Ugo the night before. We were not disappointed! We walked into a warm, inviting restaurant and took a seat near the window. We nibbled on the yummy freshly baked bread while perusing the menu. We both ordered what turned out to be impressive glasses of wine. My husband's Pinot Grigio was so good -- nice and rich, almost like the body of a chardonnay, and I had an equally wonderful Sangiovese, with nice "legs" and full of cherries and spice. We shared the caprese salad. The buffalo mozzarella was so fresh, it almost tasted like a burrata. I had the spaghetti bolognese, which had a great overall flavor with small chunks of grounded meat. It was so delicious, I had to control myself and not overeat. My husband was really bummed I wouldn't let him have the leftovers. He had the linguini with clams and mussels in a red tomato sauce that was out of this world. Both pasta dishes were cooked perfectly al dente, and the sauces were awesome. I ordered the espresso creme brulee for dessert. It blew me away! It was perfect -- not overly sugared, with the espresso soaked through the custard. My husband -- who doesn't eat desserts -- ate a third of it! It was so freakin' good. We found out the owner was Italian, and his wife was the chef. No doubt they know what they're doing. All of the food was excellent and reasonably priced. My husband and I will definitely return soon!
Nice atmosphere, great food, great service, GREAT prices!.
I performed down the street at the Jazz Bakery and took a party of 10 in here last weekend. What a nice surprise. The service, prices, and pleasing bread were the first things that landed as positive. There are very few things over $15 on the menu - don't let those prices fool you. We all had pastas, and being Italian, I can say that they were cooked perfectly al dente and sauces were tasty but not overly oily or buttered. Just really good stuff all around.
Service was accomodating and gracious - we were not treated any differently because we all wanted tap and no one ordered drinks. Water and bread service was fast, efficient and unobtrusive. At these prices and considering the decor (it's nicer that it could be), the only Italian restaurant in Los Angeles I could possibly compare it to would be Vivoli in West Hollywood, which is a hidden gem in a strip mall.
Culver City is lucky to have Brunello, which I believe is a sister restaurant to a very high-end Italian spot in Beverly Hills. Highly recommended.
Low key, pleasant surprise. When this new spot quietly opened a few months ago, I drove by many times before finally stopping in for dinner. Nice surprise! Bigger than it looks from the outside, and excellent quality food, pasta, pizza and superb home made bread. The decor was also right on target, elegant, tasteful and in line with a quiet, enjoyable evening of Italian fare served up in a very personal way by the owners and their servers. Prices are on the higher side - but warranted given food quality, service, decor and overall ambience. We've been back twice with consistent good quality.
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