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RevrendAndy Jan 18, 2008 09:47 AM

A welcome new (chow) worthy Italian restaurant has opened in Bonita Springs. It serves good pizza and other Italian dishes at great prices.

AA Two Brothers Pizzeria is owned by 2 brothers from New York whose philosophy is to cook everything from scratch with fresh herbs and other ingredients. The restaurant is small and very casual and you will likely be greeted by 1 or both of the brothers during the course of your meal.

Garlic knots were brought to our table and I warn you, they are addictive. The knots alone were delicious but they were served with a house made tapenade, which was a great paring. We started with a traditional cold antipasto plate($9.95), including in-house roasted peppers, light years better than the jarred peppers that most restaurants serve. Mussels marinara($9.95) were pristine, served in a wonderful marinara sauce that would be equally delightful on pasta. As a side we had some homemade meatballs, also with marinara sauce. They were some of the best meatballs I’ve had in my life. Caesar salad was the only weak item of the night, with too much olive oil in the dressing.

Pizza is New York style-thin with a crispy crust. Ingredients included pepperoni, mushrooms, and green peppers. All were fresh. There are many others to choose from. In the future, I would be interested in trying their white pizza.

A complimentary tasting of their bread pudding was sent to the table for dessert. It's a denser style than typical bread pudding, but very good.

There’s a small deli counter serving prepared foods. They have a variety of stuffed breads. I have tried the pepperoni and provolone and highly recommend it.

There’s a dearth of moderately priced restaurants in the area and this fills a wonderful niche. I’m looking forward to returning and trying other dishes. Stay tuned!

http://www.aatwobrotherspizzeria.com/

AA Two Brothers Pizzeria & Italian Cuisine
26251 S. Tamiami Trail (Bay Crossings Shopping Center
)239-405-7292

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  1. chrisgriffith RE: RevrendAndy Jan 19, 2008 11:10 AM

    I just love Two Brothers. Sal and Bob are great!

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      Val RE: RevrendAndy Jan 19, 2008 01:08 PM

      Thank you for this post...NY style thin crust is EXACTLY my style (being originally from 'Jersey)...must investigate!

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        RevrendAndy RE: RevrendAndy Jan 20, 2008 03:54 AM

        Val you should also check out Za Za Serious Pizza next to the Publix in Pelican Landing. It's very respectable thin crust New York style pizza.

        Za Za Serious Pizza
        Williams Plaza, 22088 S. Tamiami Trail
        495-9400

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          RevrendAndy RE: RevrendAndy Jan 20, 2008 09:15 AM

          Sorry but Za Za is in Williams Plaza near the Albertsons, a few miles north of Pelican Landing.

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          RevrendAndy RE: RevrendAndy Feb 7, 2008 03:58 PM

          MsRev just left town and I thought this would be a good night to return and try a pasta. I ordered linguini with red clam sauce and it turned out to be the best I've ever had. Coming from Chicago, with a large Italian population, there are terrific mom and pop Italian joints. Generally, the clams in those dishes are a bit rubbery(it is the midwest after all), and the red sauce thick with a texture of tomato paste. What set this dish apart was the sauce was more souplike, with an intense flavor of the sea and the taste of the tomato more of an accent. Besides the generous portion of whole, littleneck clams, were pieces of chopped clams mixed into the broth. The clams were tender as could be. As the chef stated, they want the taste of this dish coming from the juices of the clams, not the extraneous ingredients. This is the Italian philosophy of cooking(and I don't mean Italian American). The dish was $17.99 and served with a side salad, and those addictive garlic knots. I love this place!

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            RevrendAndy RE: RevrendAndy May 9, 2009 01:28 PM

            A few weeks ago I had been very concerned to see that AA 2 brothers had closed. The website was down. Alas, another wonderful family restaurant falling victory to the "great recession."

            My spirits brightened considerably to hear they didn't close-they just moved to a larger, nicer facility with a liquor license. They took over the restaurant formerly known as Baci in the same shopping center as EVOO Market, next to Imperial Golf Club North Naples.

            The restaurant is more comfortable than their previous home, and allows them to have outdoor seating and entertainment. With their new liquor license they created a delicious new martini menu. The 4 of us who dined last night each tried a different creative concoction and all were delectable. The wine list is nicely expanded. The food is as delicious as ever. They couldn't fit their previous pizza ovens thru the door and are currently waiting on smaller ovens to be installed. Pizza will be arriving shortly.

            Bob and Sal are stil roaming the dining room making everyone feel a part of the family. I hope everyone will support them in their new digs during which I imagine will be a long, hot, difficult summer for South Florida.

            http://www.aa2brothersbonita.com/

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              An Insatiable Appetite RE: RevrendAndy May 16, 2009 12:11 PM

              Possible site for a chowdown?

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              RevrendAndy RE: RevrendAndy May 16, 2009 03:36 PM

              I would love to have a chowdown here but I'm heading out west for the summer and won't return till mid-October.

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                An Insatiable Appetite RE: RevrendAndy Jul 19, 2009 06:36 PM

                Rev,

                I couldn't wait to try it in October wit you, so I went with friends this month, and love it!
                Review with photos below:

                http://aninsatiableappetite.blogspot....

                It's a welcoming place with very good food, and live entertainment, 7 nites a week. I enjoyed one couple of entertainers , and I'd go back with you and Mrs Rev! As you know, I don't go back too often to even places I love, there as so many to try in SW Fla..

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                  RevrendAndy RE: An Insatiable Appetite Jul 20, 2009 09:42 AM

                  Ivan,

                  I'm so happy to hear how much you enjoyed dinner at 2 Brothers. It's nice to know they are surviving summer and will be there when I return. Next time you dine there, be sure to try their linguini with clam sauce-red or white.

                  Before I left Bob had a radio spot on the local FGCU radio station at 12 noon on Saturday. It's a good plug for the restaurant and he's very entertaining. I'm not sure if he still is paying for it but check it out.

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                    coolc RE: RevrendAndy Aug 6, 2009 01:15 PM

                    RevrendAndy,
                    I would love to go to the new AA Two Brothers restaurant but I don't know where it is & the website you linked isn't working. =(
                    Do you have a phone number? How did you find out that the pizza ovens wouldn't fit?? What happened to them?
                    Thanks!

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                      Val RE: coolc Aug 6, 2009 03:50 PM

                      Coolc, check out this information which will help you--it's in the Imperial Golf Course plaza:

                      http://aninsatiableappetite.blogspot....

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                        RevrendAndy RE: Val Aug 10, 2009 10:28 AM

                        Thanks Val for doing my job. Hope you enjoy your meal coolc. Please report back. Tell them I said hello.

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                          An Insatiable Appetite RE: RevrendAndy Aug 11, 2009 10:16 AM

                          RevrendAndy,

                          I went back for a second visit Saturday nite, and it just gets better at Two Brothers. I looked for Coolc-musta come on a different night! Val, thank you for assisting Coolc!

                          Yes, I had another great dinner at Two Brothers (lots of tasty leftovers) and tried new specials- the 18 oz bone in ribeye is tender, and the pasta carbonara is tops. My favorite dessert is now the limoncello parfait or sobet. Two women singers got people up and dancing!
                          Our server Suzanne is tops- she is a friendly, seasoned pro who jumps in and knows the menu inside and out.. she makes great wine pairings, too.

                          Za Za Serious Pizza closed months ago.

                          Two Brothers, A Table Apart, Inca's Kitchen are on my list for Chowdowns, when you, Nosh, Alkapal and other regulars return for seasonal visits.

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                RevrendAndy RE: RevrendAndy Nov 3, 2009 07:16 AM

                Just got back for the season and returned here-one of my local favorites. The cooking and prices are as good as ever. Garlic knots, calamari, linguini with red clam sauce, and eggplant rollatini were delicious. Bob and Sal say all the hot new restaurants at Mercado have really been hurting them, cutting a swath of destruction to restaurants all the way to downtown Naples. Hopefully, people will get over the newness and come back to their friendly neighborhood restaurants. More than ever, if you are a fan, give them your support.

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