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Brando's Citi Cucina


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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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
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
served until 7pm
classic neapolitan
fresh mozzarella, plum tomato & parmigiano-reggiano finished w/ extra virgin olive oil & basil
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
fresh mozzarella w/ roasted garlic, caramelized red onion & long hot peppers finished w/ extra virgin olive oil & parmigiano-reggiano
house salad
mixed baby greens - cucumber - tomato - onion - white balsamic
beet salad
organic golden beets - whipped ricotta cheese - pistachio
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
prime filet mignon, baby arugula - tossed in black truffle oil & topped w/ shaved parmigiano-reggiano
antipasto all´Italiana
Italian cured meats & cheeses - onions
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
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
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
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
wild mushroom farrotto - sherry vinaigrette
zucchini “3way” risotto - pistachio brown butter
lobster - scallops - fish of the day - jumbo shrimp - mussels - clams in a traditional Mediterranean tomato broth
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
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
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
traditional recipe handed down for generations
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
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
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
Dinner, After-hours
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place was packed and yet the service was prompt and friendly. Our waiter was terrific and the food is good -- pricey, so limited to special occasions for some of us. Early Sunday dinner, so lots of families at surrounding tables. Warm and inviting.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 734joan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was amazing!! I had the stuffed veal chop, all I can say is WOW!! The best I ever had! The staff was very friendly, smiling faces from the minute you walked in..Theresa was our server, she was the best! she made our night even...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Robinostek R
Reviewed 4 February 2019

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
1  Thank pestman
Reviewed 29 January 2019 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
1  Thank J0eM357
Reviewed 24 January 2019 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
1  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
1  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
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Response from Tony M | Reviewed this property |
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15 September 2018|
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Response from Sfrenchhabermann | Reviewed this property |
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.
19 August 2018|
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Website for restaurant has wine list.
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