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Brando's Citi Cucina

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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ANTIPASTA‎
pasta e fagioli
rustic Italian soup - pasta - organic cannellini beans
zucchini fritte
fresh sliced panko crusted zucchini - garlic aioli dipping sauce
tuscan wings
free‎ range jumbo chicken wings in extra virgin olive oil, lemon & fresh herbs, topped w/ caramelized onions
spedini
layered mozzarella w/ rustic Italian bread - lightly fried - lemon anchovy - caper white wine sauce
beggars purses
crisp won-ton purses stuffed w/ sweet Italian sausage - ricotta roasted peppers - garlic aioli - balsamic reduction
crispy calamari
lightly fried served w/ serrano peppers - savory marinara
zuppa di clams
little‎ neck clams - shaved fennel, red or white wine garlic basil broth
mozzarella caprese
imported bufala mozzarella - baby tomatoes - roasted peppers - fresh basil
meatball insalata
two fried meatballs, one in sunday gravy & the other w/ extra virgin olive oil & roasted garlic, served w/ old school salad in a red wine vinaigrette
polenta & mushrooms
creamy polenta w/ butter & parmigiano-reggiano w/ mushrooms sautéed in marsala wine & shallots finished w/ truffle oil
WOOD OVEN PIZZETTA‎
served until 7pm
classic neapolitan
fresh mozzarella, plum tomato & parmigiano-reggiano finished w/ extra virgin olive oil & basil
palermo
slow cooked plum tomato w/ roasted garlic & onions, topped w/ fresh bufala mozzarella & parmigiano-reggiano finished w/ extra virgin olive oil & basil
white truffle
fresh mozzarella - truffle - exotic mushrooms - ricotta - pesto drizzle
prima tartufi
fresh‎ mozzarella white pie w/ roasted garlic - grape tomatoes - extra virgin olive oil, topped w/ arugula tossed in truffle oil - finished w/ prosciutto & parmigiano-reggiano
calabria
fresh mozzarella w/ roasted garlic, caramelized red onion & long hot peppers finished w/ extra virgin olive oil & parmigiano-reggiano
INSALATA‎
house salad
mixed baby greens - cucumber - tomato - onion - white balsamic
beet salad
organic golden beets - whipped ricotta cheese - pistachio
caesar
classic caesar - hearts of romaine - parmesan crisp - focaccia croutons
insalata calabrese
baby arugula w/ shaved fennel & red onion, tossed in a citrus vinaigrette & topped w/ parmigiano-reggiano & blood orange slices
brando’s wedge
crisp iceberg lettuce wedge - maytag chunky blue cheese dressing applewood smoked bacon
carpaccio
prime filet mignon, baby arugula - tossed in black truffle oil & topped w/ shaved parmigiano-reggiano
antipasto all´Italiana
Italian cured meats & cheeses - onions
PASTAS‎
rigatoni vodka
crispy pancetta sautéed w/ shallots in a tomato cream sauce
fusilli alla primavera
fusilli pasta - medley of organic roasted vegetables - roasted garlic - sicilian extra virgin olive oil
paccheri meatball
our classic meatballs & pasta "old school" topped w/ ricotta
gnocchi - “three way”
homemade ricotta basil gnocchi - savory marinara sauce - basil pesto creamy alfredo sauce
orecchiette
broccoli rabe & sausage
linguini vongole
vongole finished w/ white wine - garlic - roasted garlic extra virgin sicilian olive oil
rigatoni bolognese
our famous classic bolognese - homemade ricotta
bucatini tomato & basil
fresh tomatoes slow cooked - infused w/ garlic & basil oil - finished w/ parmigiano-reggiano
pasta al forno
fusilli pasta - pancetta & shallots in a brandy cream sauce - topped w/ radicchio - baby shrimp finished w/ mozzarella & basil - served in a foil pouch
linguini sinatra
shrimp - scallops - clams - gaeta olives - capers - light marinara
CARNE‎
chicken francaise
free range chicken breast francaise style - white asparagus - capers - white wine lemon sauce - crispy risotto ball
chicken capriccio
free range chicken breast sautéed in marsala wine - mushrooms - asparagus tips - crispy risotto ball
chicken savoy
bell & evans chicken on the bone - balsamic reduction - parmesan garlic crust - crispy risotto ball
chicken scarpariello
bell & evans chicken on the bone sautéed w/ sausage, potato, bell & serrano peppers - lemon - herbs - garlic
PESCE‎
spicy garlic shrimp
jumbo shrimp sautéed in a spicy garlic sauce - risotto
peasant shrimp
jumbo shrimp sautéed in garlic & sicilian olive oil hot & sweet peppers - cannellini beans - white wine sauce - risotto ball
chilean sea bass
eggplant caponata - shoestring sweet potatoes
tuna
wild mushroom farrotto - sherry vinaigrette
scallops
zucchini “3way” risotto - pistachio brown butter
brodetto
lobster - scallops - fish of the day - jumbo shrimp - mussels - clams in a traditional Mediterranean tomato broth
branzino
roasted whole Mediterranean sea bass - beluga black lentils - white wine - capers - lemon
angry lobster – “arrabbiata”
fresh maine lobster in the shell - cut in pieces - sautéed in sicilian olive oil - basil - hot pepper - garlic - white wine
CONTORNI‎
Italian long hot peppers w/ garlic
crispy risotto cakes
potato tart
asparagus sautéed w/ garlic & oil
broccoli rabe sautéed w/ garlic & oil
mashed potatoes
truffle risotto
lobster mac & cheese
DESSERTS‎
brookie’s milk & cookies
triple chocolate chip - white chocolate macadamia & peanut butter cookies served in a martini shaker of ice cream & milk
wild berry zabaglione
fresh wild berries atop traditional Italian crème
tiramisu
traditional recipe handed down for generations
cannoli
large cannoli stuffed w/ traditional cream & fresh whipped cream topped w/ mixed berries
pistachio caramel ice cream cake
our famous homemade pistachio ice cream cake w/ a drizzle of carmel sauce
chocolate mousse
belgian‎ chocolate whipped to perfection
a la mode $+5
brownie
double chocolate brownie plated atop caramel & chocolate sauce
fried tortoni
vanilla ice cream rolled in toasted amaretto cookies & fried served over a honey amaretto reduction
zeppoles
our‎ take on the classic except much lighter. four in powdered sugar & four in brown sugar & cinnamon served w/ ice cream
sorbetto sampler
brando's seasonal selection of 3 Italian sorbetto flavors
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there for dinner tonight on the recommendation of nj.com that this is the best restaurant in Asbury Park. I'd probably rank it as one of the best Italian restaurants in Asbury Park. Ordered the Pappardelle and the Sunday Gravy. The pappardelle unfortunately was not...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank pestman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great meal! Veal chop to die for. Hanger steak and pasta dish out of this world! Only topper of the great food was Chris our bartender. Due to not having reservations, family of four ate at the bar. Although Chris was busy, he...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank J0eM357
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Listen, this is real deal upscale Italian cuisine. The ambiance is typical rustic bar/ restaurant, yes it's loud and bustling so deal with it (well worth it). Everything is professional here from service to food. The menu is spectacular, diverse and thoughtfully planned. I would...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank chris p
Reviewed 30 December 2018

From the beginning of our dinner to the end it was perfect!! We were greeted by a very friendly hostess which I feel always starts the tone of the night. Once our server Bobby came over I knew we were in good hands. Talk about...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jibbsyjo
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

This restaurant was beyond incredible. We were looking for a dinner spot in Asbury Park ahead of a concert and this was so much more than we expected. This rivals any great Italian restaurant in NYC. Everything we are was beyond amazing and the ambience...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank whitneym976
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Atmosphere is great, as is service. Nice selection of appetizers and daily specials. Very good bread, chopped olives, and olive oil brought to table. Food consistently good. Meatball appy very good, as is wedge salad with chunks of pancetta. Sinatra dish a hit, as well...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank loulombo
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Had a great dinner with friends here the other night. Here’s the breakdown: Getting there- it’s super easy since there is no need to go deep into Asbury. It’s right off Main Street. Turn down Cookman Ave an pull in behind the building for valet...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank gcartnick
Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

For our Anniversary my husband n I Celebrated the night with six of our friends at Brando’s. We were greeted by their manager Sue who was friendly,gracious n professional. Our server Don was attentive n experienced. Now for the food.....every meal far exceeded our expectations....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Flo R
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

We had the best time having appetizers, drinks and desserts at the bar! It was our very first time in Asbury Park and we came here on a recommendation. We were very pleased! We knew this place was special when the bread came with a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MaryEllen55
Reviewed 13 November 2018

My wife and I stopped in Sunday evening on a whim and were overwhelmed with what we found. This restaurant that we never heard of was amazing! The service was excellent, the specials all sounded so good that I didn't even finish reading the menu....More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Expensive. I recently had a pork chop special. Very, very delicious, but it was a large chop with no sides, not even past, for $44! That was very offputting, especially after tourist season.
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Website for restaurant has wine list.
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