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Jun 23, 2013 09:59 PM

Great Pizza and Italian food now in Brentwood!

So, i was driving up Brentwood Place a few weeks ago and saw that Piccolo Ritrovo, that great new restaurant on Sunset in the Palisades has expanded into the old San Gennaro space next to the Brentwood School...not a minute too soon..San Gennaro was tired in the 90s...the pizza oven just went on today with the help of Peppe Miele, VPN America president and his staff, Mario Vollera and Jose Barrios...theyve trained the pizzaioli and tonite i had a perfect pie...Pizza Burrata...simple perfection...Caputo flour, San Marzano tomatoes DiStefano burrata... reminded me very much of the legendary Antica in MDR...naturally, since they trained the pizzaiolo who made my pie...and theres more great news to come from Miele and the staff from VPN...halleleujah! Hey Westsidegal...have you been yet?

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  1. didn't even know about the place.
    THANK YOU for the heads up!

    is the tomato sauce thick like the ones used at stella rosa and milo and olive?
    looking at the picture you posted, it seems like it.

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    1. re: westsidegal

      westsidegal, i wouldnt say the sauce is thick...just like Antica its just canned San Marzanos...i had a pie great burrata pie in the Palisades my first time, the 2nd pie wasnt quite right at the Palisades branch but last nite on Barrington...perfetto...very nice pastas too!

    2. Good news. The only redeeming feature of San Gennaro was that they were pet friendly. Wonder if this is still the case.

      1. Thanks for the info. Now I just need to make sure I don't go on a weekday night when the traffic north on Barrington is completely terrifying....

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        1. re: ilysla

          by 7pm the traffic's usually in that area 4 weeknights and i know what ya mean...theres free valet parking, i believe...the other branch of Piccolo Ritrovo is on Sunset in the Palisades with no traffic issues...

          1. re: lapizzamaven

            Well, there's always the weekend, too. ;)

            What a treat to have another good pizza place on the westside, and I can pick this one up on the way back home! =) Is the pizza a "personal" size (meaning easily finished by one person)?

            1. re: ilysla

              Ilysla, THe pies are around 14"...this pizza lovin' CH considers that a "personal pizza."also, its traditional Neapolitan and that dont travel really want to eat it right away... in Uriah Heep's and IMHO...

            2. re: lapizzamaven

              Now that school is out for the summer, the traffic has definitely thinned out on Barrington.

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            1. Tried this place tonight. It was absolutely fantastic. We had the papardelle w/ shrimp and clams and the burrata pizza (I had forgottten that that's what lapizzamaven had ordered).

              The papardelle is home made and was wonderful (nicely al dente). No real sauce to speak of, but the juices from the clam and shrimp provided a small amount of broth (which was delicious). Clams were nicely done; shrimp was a bit overcooked but well-seasoned.

              The burrata was SO good. Tomato sauce wasn't overpowering, and the burrata was rich and almost sweet.

              Pinot grigio (carletto?) was really tasty. W/ the coupon (free entree w/ the order of one entree + 2 drinks), it was actually on the cheap side ($48 for 2 entrees, soda, 2 glasses of wine). Will definitely be back, even w/o the coupon.

              Not much business at all tonight at 8PM. =( Hope business picks up b/c the food is great.

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              1. re: ilysla

                Sounds great, we really like the one in the Palisades. Where did you get the coupon?

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  Came in the weekly mail several wks ago. 3 coupons on the sheet, only 1 for dine-in (order 2 beverages, 2 entrees, get the cheaper entree for free).

                  The waiter took all 3 coupons! Rrr....

                  1. re: ilysla

                    Ill have to keep a look out, maybe they just did it for the new location. Anyway, enjoy it, looks like the 'hood finally got a decent pizza place with much more.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Thanks for that. Yes, I see it is specifically for the Brentwood location. I have gotten others for the Palisades location.