Sunday, September 14, 2008
Okay, so how to explain to loved ones that you've eaten at the same place three nights in a row?
Well...how about warm, familial service, a check that doesn't hurt and food that is simply out of this world?
While others may slobber mindlessly over an over-hyped, snot-nosed, mortgage-the-house Mozza, why not just slide into a welcoming table at Brunello Trattoria?
You can do so without waiting a month for a reservation and paying a king's ransom for a pizza. Run by the ultimate foodie family, the Morra's, Brunello is one of the few LA Italian spots that's entirely a family affair. Sister is in the kitchen, Uncle mans the register, Brother crafts the bread and pizza, Nephew waits tables. To top it off, the Food Channel, not ESPN, broadcasts from the LCDs at the bar.
I am so addicted to this place and hope that one day soon you will be too. First, there are specials on the menu and off the menu. Knowing what to ask for is part of the fun. The special I had (two nights in a row, since I kept obsessing about it the next day) was a flat, thin fettucine with veal and fresh porcini in a chianti-beef broth reduction. This one dish will transform your understanding of pasta. Call ahead and ask for it! Be careful, it will so dominate your consciousness for days after that your life will no longer be your own.
My friend had Chicken Piccata, a standard Italian lexicon dish, but this one was so well crafted it was like discovering the flavors for the first time. It was delightful. There is subtlety to the cooking that is hard to find. Plus, the potatoes it comes with take to the sauce like ducks to water. Your dog parts will want to roll around in it.
On night number two, Visiting Mother tucked into Spaghetti with Capers and Artichokes--a celebration of summer flavors.
Night number three, Trusty Dining Companion had a magnificent Linguine with Shrimp and Mushrooms, which I generously finished. We shared a Pizza Quattro Stagione which was so fantastically delicious it lasted about 2.5 milliseconds on the table. ("Pizza of the Four Seasons" NOT "Pizza of the Four Stations" ...Crucifixion of Jesus is three doors down, dude.)
There's a room in the back that will host a nice party of 16. The atmosphere is warm and friendly.
Bring your Loved Ones.
6001 Washington Blvd,
Culver City, CA 90232