6001 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: (310) 280-9147
Phone: (310) 280-3869
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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07/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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!
01/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
Last night was their "Complimentary Grand Opening" night. It was buffet style. We enjoyed the bow tie pesto, the Chicken Cacciatore and the rolls were hot and especially good for sopping up sauces. The Cesar dressing was too salty, but the Balsamic dressing was excellent and the pizza was "EHH!"
Considering all they had to do was serve drinks, the service was lousy. The staff serving at the Buffet were friendly, but if there were waitors or waintresses, none came to our table. We had already started eating and had been sitting approx. 10 minutes when I had to ask a bus person to get us some water because nobody had asked us if we wanted something to drink. The woman at the bar came over and I complained about the fact that nobody had asked us for our drink order, her rude toned response was "Well, what do want to drink?" Most restaurants would have apologized for the oversight and asked for our order. Additionally, no body came by during our meal to ask how everythng was, or if we would like to order a dessert. However, once they served our drink orders they were fast to bring the bill. We were supposed to pay for our drinks and gratuity. So much for the gratuity, nobody ever identified themselves as a server. Other than the buffet servers, the only pleasant staff, at least on our side of the restaurant, were bus persons. I like a restaurant with the whole package, good food and service.
12/31/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.