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How Is Brunello Trattoria in Culver City?

curiousgeo Mar 10, 2011 10:07 AM

Someone mentioned Brunello Trattoria as a possible place for dinner on our upcoming LA visit. We're staying in Century City so it's a quick 10 minute drive down. Sounds promising, a nice reasonably priced restaurant with good food. Their menu looks like everyone in the family can find something appealing. Wondering if anyone has some insight or comments for us. Thanks for your help.

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  1. Chandavkl Mar 10, 2011 10:33 AM

    Nice little restaurant, exceptional bruschetta and good food. However, I consider it more of a neighborhood place rather than a destination restaurant, and depending on the time and day it could take a lot longer than 10 minutes to get there, so I'm not convinced it's where you want to go.

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      curiousgeo Mar 10, 2011 11:14 AM

      Thanks for your reply. We're not necessarily looking for a destination restaurant, just someplace to have a very good meal with family, so a neighborhood restaurant is fine. Not locked into it at all, just hoping for some feedback whether people enjoy eating here. Appreciate your post.

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        Servorg Mar 10, 2011 11:23 AM

        We enjoy it. Solid food, not at all pretentious and you can park on the street. It shouldn't be a bad drive cutting across on Century Park East and then taking Motor. Just a bit slow with the stop signs through Cheviot Hills...

        Brunello Trattoria
        6001 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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          bad nono Mar 10, 2011 12:47 PM

          I like it very much. The food is very good, with an addictive homemade bread and their pizzas are excellent.
          And the best thing about it aside from the food is that it's not one of these crazy loud restaurant, so you can enjoy a conversation with your meal.

          Just beware that it is located at the heart of Culver City's gallery row, so if by any chance you happen to go there on a Saturday night when all galleries have an opening, the street parking situation might get a bit difficult.

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            bulavinaka Mar 10, 2011 05:45 PM

            +2 on everything master Hounds Servorg and bad nono said... The pizzas are much better than we expected. They take a great amount of pride in their food. Speaking of pizza and integrity, we once ordered a pizza, the neglected to include one ingredient, and baked us another pie on the house. I should have kowtowed to the brothers...

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          curiousgeo Mar 10, 2011 06:25 PM

          Fantastic everyone, thank you for your comments!

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            NAspy Mar 10, 2011 08:34 PM

            We live around the corner from El Brunello and we love it, and I don't want to discourage business. Their bread and pastas are particularly good. But it is more of a neighborhood place, because unless there are gallery openings, there is very little else around. As visitors from out of town, you might prefer one of the equally good neighborhood places in Beverly Hills which are closer, and you can have a great time walking around afterward. Il Pastaio, Amici, to name two. And of course Il Fornaio.

            Il Pastaio Restaurant
            400 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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              Servorg Mar 11, 2011 03:55 AM

              I have to say that I don't like il Fornaio even half as much as I like Brunello's.

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                bad nono Mar 11, 2011 09:20 AM

                I'm with you here. Il Fornaio is just a soulless chain with not very good food.
                If I were to get Italian in BH, I'd go to Da Pasquale, it's the same feel as Brunello. But a little bit louder, maybe.

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                  Discokill Mar 11, 2011 05:25 PM

                  I'm seconding both comments above. Il Fornario is not one I would recommend but Brunello is primarily only a place i like because it's a few blocks away. If I knew Century City better I'd have to think there is a better suggestion but West LA, Beverly Hills, Bev Center/Grove are all closer.

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                    Bruin2 Mar 12, 2011 03:22 PM

                    I like Brunello and have known the owners for many years. But disagree about Il Fornaio, which we think is also good. Are we astounded by the greatness of the food? No. But nor are we at Brunello. We go to the Il Fornaio in Beverly Hills, and have never been disappointed. I think if it were not a chain, people would speak more highly of it.

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                      Servorg Mar 12, 2011 03:27 PM

                      I have never been to the BH location, but in a half dozen visits to the Santa Monica location I've never come away with a feeling of "I need to get back here again, soon." The one thing I had there that I really enjoyed was the zabaglione (sp?). That was delicious. But all the starters and main courses I have had have been pretty meh. Maybe the BH location has a more talented kitchen crew and (obviously) head chef?

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                        bad nono Mar 12, 2011 08:55 PM

                        I'm with Servorg here (again). Only been to the Pasadena location 3 or 4 times and I thought it was overpriced, not particularly good, and the service was sloppy.

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              rnp0123 Mar 11, 2011 07:41 PM

              Went there for the first time last night. Reasonable prices, good wine by the glass. Everything tasted very fresh, from soup to salad to pastas. Excellent service. We will be back soon.

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                Jase Mar 12, 2011 06:17 AM

                Add me to the chorus of Yes's as long as you have your expectations set properly. It's not a destination place by any means. But I also think it's an above average neighborhood place. Very good food at reasonable prices. Friendly staff with a very mellow vibe. It's good for a relaxed dinner.

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                  rnp0123 Mar 12, 2011 08:27 AM

                  Just the type of place that we need to support and keep in business.

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                  pbswordgirl Mar 12, 2011 03:31 PM

                  i really like brunello! very nice people, great service and delicious food. the thursday night cannelloni is fabulous & they have excellent specials. the clincher for me: italian cheesecake.

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                    curiousgeo Mar 12, 2011 06:30 PM

                    We'll be going next Sunday night, hopefully traffic and parking will be easy in the early evening. I'll be sure to post when we get back home. Appreciate everyone's comments.

                    By the way, I also like Il Fornaio having eaten in Seattle and Carmel. Not fabulous, but good for what it is. If Il Fornaio opened in Hawaii they would do great business given the quality of Italian food where I live. So we're looking forward to trying Brunello!

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