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Brogino's last night

coffeebeast | May 27, 200411:34 AM

Had dinner at Brogino's Italian on Artesia Blvd in North Redondo Beach last night.

I ordered their "Something Different" dinner, which comes with soup and salad. The soup was a peppery minestrone. The entree was shrimp and scallops in Alfredo sauce over linguini. The dinnerware they chose didn't do much to hold in the heat, so the sauce got pretty thick as it cooled. I've had more tender scallops elsewhere, but these weren't bad either, and overall I was happy.

My husband ordered the Chicken Napoleon dinner. It was chicken covered in ham, covered in sauteed mushrooms, covered in cheese, with a side of pasta and red sauce. He really enjoyed it.

The portions are large, so we have plenty leftover for lunch today.

They have Gelati Celesti dessert truffles, so I had the key lime and my husband had one with dark chocolate and raspberry. I was surprised at home much I liked the key lime, since I usually go for chocolate desserts.

Their service was great. The place is small, so there was only one waitress, but she was on top of things, and brought us each dish at the right time. She apparently forgot about us as she was taking care of a couple other folks right after we were seated and lost track of how long we had been there. It really wasn't that long at all, but she treated us each to a second glass of wine on the house.

I think my favorite part is the atmosphere - it's decorated like the livingroom of a sweet Italian lady I knew. Lots of plants, dark walls, covered with baskets and photos, and small Christmas lights. Nothing like Buca De Beppo, though, this is much softer. They also have a full bar.

The bill came to $70 before tip for the two of us - which included the dinners, desserts, and a glass of wine each.

Overall I would classify it as Italian comfort food. We prefer it over Cucina Calabrese which is down the street.

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