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Boston Restaurant Blog -- April, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A First Look at Brunello Bistro in Somerville

A few weeks back on the Boston Restaurant Talk blog, I wrote about a Somerville dining spot that was more or less morphing into a new restaurant, concentrating more on dinners than baked goods and cafe-style food. Well, I had never made it to the old Bread and Company in the Winter Hill section of the city, but a few of us did check out the new Brunello Bistro a few days back, and we were very impressed in our relatively brief amount of time spent there.

Brunello Bistro is an upscale spot that features Italian and New American dishes, as well as what seems to be a hint of Brazilian cuisine mixed in. This isn't a surprise, as the old Bread and Company was affiliated with a Brazilian bakery by the same name in Everett (and Brunello indeed remains connected with it). The space is attractive, with dim lighting, comfortable seating, a fireplace, an outdoor patio, and a small bar in the middle. The fact that Brunello is housed in what used to be a Bickford's makes it all the more impressive as to what they have done with the space.

We went to Brunello late in the evening (and mainly for drinks), but we did try some food while we were there. The Caesar salad was just about perfect, with fresh ingredients used throughout. The freshly-made ravioli was tasty enough, though they seemed just a bit undercooked, while the sauce was slightly chunky and had a rich, slightly acidic flavor. By far the best dish we tried was the crab cake plate, which came to us with four small-sized cakes that had no real filler to speak of, and they had the mild and slightly sweet flavor that you would expect from fresh crabmeat. Some of the other items on the menu sounded rather tempting, including the risotto, gnocchi, and Chilean sea bass, but as I said, we weren't really there for a full meal.

The Winter Hill section of the city that runs along Broadway between Magoun Square and East Somerville isn't exactly known as a place for dining out, but Brunello might change that. I'll certainly be looking forward to heading back there at some point in time to try a few of the other dishes there.

For those who want the address for Brunello Bistro, here it is: Brunello Bistro, 349 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145. The phone number is (617) 623-9455.

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sml said:
Just had lunch there and everything was fresh and cooked to perfection. Great atmosphere and gem of a restaurant in a vast wasteland... Broadway-Winter Hill).
Posted on 4/3/10
LBM said:
Have always been pleased with the service and especially the food. Have tried many various dinners and have been impressed with the presentation, and the freshness of all meals.
Posted on 3/2/11

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