school, traditional Italian fare is the hallmark
of Brogino's in Redondo Beach where basic
ingredients are combined for fascinating,
In existence for a little more than 25 years,
Brogino's is the sort of eatery where you feel
instantly comfortable. With a painted ceiling of
sky blue and white fluffy clouds and lots o
plants, photos, and the cozy feel of an Italian
caf», Brogino's is the sort of restaurant that's
hard to find these days.
Under owner Toy Afsar's stewardship, Brogino's
has a masterful handle on its cuisine, which
ranges from pizza to sandwiches to seafood to
chicken to pasta to steak to veal to lamb.
What I find most pleasurable about Brogino's is
how each dish is lovingly crafted, resulting in
splendid food that is unrivaled.
Flavors are perfectly nuance so each is
discernable and yet the nuances create dishes
that are perfectly punctuated but not overwhelmed
by their ingredients.
Two of Brogino's chalkboard specials the evening
we dined Chicken Sardinia and Osso Bocco, were
amazing displays of culinary finesse and the kink
of finesse you wouldn't ordinarily expect to find
in an Italian restaurant where sauces tend to
cover pasta and other selections. At Brogino's,
the food goes way beyond red and white sauce to
present exquisitely think chicken breast meat, as
in the case of Chicken Sardinia, rolled with
artichokes, eggplant and other ingredients and
topped with an exemplary creamy white sauce or a
version of Osso Bocco that reveals tender Veal
that falls off the bone bathed in a brandy
peppercorn pink sauce that includes garbanzo
beans and delightful soft chunks of potato.
It is evident, too, that Brogino's cuisine
reflects the best and freshest ingredients. How
else could such splendid dishes be created!
We began our evening with a
margarita rocks with salt and a glass of
chardonnay for my partner. Brogino's has a full
bar as well as an excellent wine list with way
I was please to see Luna Di Luna chardonnay/pinot
grigio blend still on the list. It's a charming,
refreshing wine that we first discovered ant
Brogino's some years ago.
Always in search of new delights and dishes to
add to the menu, Tony informed us that he has
added fresh-baked-in-house flatbread to his
awesome garlic bread. This flatbread excels and
is unlike any other I've had. It's thin and sort
of doughy in texture (reminds me in form of pita
bread) and is superb by itself or dipped into any
Part of what also raises Brogino's above the pack
is its Complete Dinners. They boast a tremendous
amount of food that includes a tureen of soup, a
bowl of salad, and plenty of garlic bread. And
yes, what arrives on your table is a large tureen
and a large bowl each of which easily dwarfs the
tabletop space. The soup is nice and
"light" tasting and consists of a
vegetable based broth that has simmered for eight
hours with a nice blend of fresh celery, cabbage,
carrots, onion, tomatoes and pasta. And the salad
is anything but ordinary, as well, with kidney
and garbanzo beans, all of which is tossed with
lettuce in Brogino's homemade tomato basil
Ever the gracious host, Tony prepared two
appetizers four our party of three so that we
could sample a variety of cuisine. The Fried
Calamari delivered tender calamari fried to a
dark crisp with a bowl of marinara sauce on the
Brogino's sauces are lavish and bursting with
flavor, and the marinara is no exception. We also
were treated to an absolutely refreshing platter
of sliced ripe tomatoes adorned with a thin slice
of Parmesan cheese and basil leaves, with the
entire creation doused nicely with balsamic
vinegar. This dish, too, was divine.
|As we progressed
through our rapturous meal, Tony introduced us to
two of his red wines, available by the glass or
bottle. Talk about exceptional. The Domaine
Laurier Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Reserve had an
enormous bouquet that set the stage for its
sublime content. I'm not a huge cab fan, but I've
been treated to some expensive good ones and the
cab holds its own. I'd even add this cab to my
wine cellar at home (reds never take up much
space in my collection) given its drink ability and lush resonance.
We also sampled a Forestville Vineyards Sonoma
reserve Merlot from the Alexander Valley and once
again complimented Tony on his ability to select
reasonably priced wines that taste like nothing
The red wines went perfectly with our cuisine,
particularly the last entr»e we devoured.
Another blackboard special was a marinated and
aged steak, which was absolutely superb.
Flavorful, tender, and juicy, Tony marinates his
steak for a few days to achieve expert results.
Any steak lover will adore this incredible
For dessert, we split spumoni, tiramisu,
cheesecake and gelato truffle. Brogino's desserts
are handmade, some picked from select vendors,
one of whom is right here in the south bay, in
This dessert assortment was an exciting way to
conclude a special evening with my friends and
the wonderful Tony and his staff. Kris, our
serve, has been with Brogino's forever and knows
the menu inside and out.
She is quick, efficient, and pleasant. I even
ventured into the kitchen to applaud the chefs.
The recipes may by Tony's but these guys carry
out his instructions to perfection.
Brogino's wine list includes white zinfandels,
cabernet sauvignons, merlots, chiantis,
sangiovese, red zinfandel, chardonnays, sauvignon
blanc, pinot grigios, sparkling wines, Chablis,
burgundy, and a chenin blanc/viognier pairing.
Bottle prices range from $17.95 - $39.95 with
most coming in around $20.
|Beer is available,
including Moretti, Peroni, Corona, Sierra Nevada
Heineken, miller Lite, Budweiser or bud Lite and
Tony also features Starbucks espresso,
cappuccino, and caf» latte. We finished up with
cappuccinos and mine was the best one I can
remember having in a long time.
Brogino's dinner menu is extensive, and offers
Complete Dinners or A la cart. Prices range from
$13.95 to around $20, some less, some more.
Pastas are priced from $11.95 to $15.95 and are
available in about 19 different sauce choices.
Gourmet pizzas come in small and large and range
from $11.95 to $16.95. Individual eight-inch
dinner pizzas served with soup or salad are just
$12.95 per order.
Sandwiches served with salad are just $8.95.
Brogino's also offers and added feature worth
taking advantage of-an extensive take Out Menu
with really nice pricing. Pizzas range from $8.95
to $16.95 on this menu, and entrees, which
include fresh salad and garlic bread, range from
$9.95-$15.95 for some magnificent combinations.
Sandwiches on this menu are just $5.95 and $7.95
and Pasta with sauce starts at just $6.95 for one
and just $11.95 for two.
Be sure to pick up Brogino's Take Out Menu.
Brogino's, open daily at 4 pm is located at 2423
Artesia Blvd. (between Inglewood Avenue, and
Aviation Boulevard), Redondo Beach. Parking is
available in a lot next to the restaurant. Call
310-370-4827 or 310-370-4828 to reach Brogino's.
And don't forget; Brogino's offers catering.
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