1977, Brogino's has been praised multiple times in the Daily Breeze,
Los Angeles Times, The Beach Reporter and the Easy Reader among others.
RAVE! Reviews By M.L. Grill
Brogino's: Sensational Cuisine in a cozy Setting
old 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 of plants, photos, and the cozy feel of an Italian cafe?,
Brogino's is the sort of restaurant that's hard to find these days.
owner Tony 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.
are perfectly nuanced so each is discernable and yet the nuances create
dishes that are perfectly punctuated but not overwhelmed by their
of Brogino's chalkboard specials the evening we dined Chicken Sardinia
and Osso Bocco, were amazing displays of culinary finesse and the kind
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 thick 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
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 reasonable prices.
please to see Luna Di Luna chardonnay/pinot grigio blend still on the
list. It's a charming, refreshing wine that we first discovered at
Brogino's some years ago.
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 sauce.
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
Ever the gracious host, Tony prepared two
appetizers for 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 side.
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 cabernet fan, but I've been treated to some
expensive good ones and the cabernet holds its own. I'd even add this
cabernet to my wine cellar at home (reds never take up much space in my
collection) given its drinkability 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 but winners.
The red wines went perfectly with our cuisine, particularly the
is available, including Moretti, Peroni, Corona, Sierra Nevada
Heineken, Miller Lite, Budweiser or Bud Lite and Coors Light.
Tony also features
Starbucks espresso, cappuccino, and cafe? latte. We finished up with
cappuccinos and mine was the best one I can remember having in a long
dinner menu is extensive, and offers Complete Dinners or A La Cart.
Prices range from $12.95 to around $20, some less, some more. Pastas are
priced from $11.95 to $15.95 and are available in about 19 different
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 an last entrée 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 selection.
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 Redondo Beach.
This dessert assortment
was an exciting way to conclude a special evening with my friends and
the wonderful Tony and his staff. Kris, our server, has been with
Brogino's forever and knows the menu inside and out.
is quick, efficient, and pleasant. I even ventured into the kitchen to
applaud the chefs. The recipes may be Tony's but these guys carry out
his instructions to perfection.
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.
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.
M.L Grill is a member of the California Writers Association