Brando's Citi Cucina

An Asbury Park, NJ Restaurant Review

Brando's  Restaurant



Brando's Citi Cucina
162 Main Street
Asbury Park




Restaurant Highlights

Fare: Italian

Price: Expensive

Food Quality:



Overall Rating:

Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

thumbs up Food is well prepared using quality ingredients from local farm to table and imported sources.

thumbs up Overall ambiance, food, and service make for a memorable dining experience.

thumbs downValet parking is available, on street parking is difficult to find.

Value: Very Good

Noise Level: Moderate -High

Dress: Casual

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy excellent food prepared with quality ingredients with upscale, trendy ambiance

Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer simpler food, heavy sauces, and less ambiance.

Recommended dishes: When available, Rigatoni Bolognese; Bell & Evans Chicken Savoy; 10 oz Filet Mignon; and Branzino.

Liquor: Extensive wine list, specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.


Restaurant Review



Brando's has developed a following as one of the better restaurants in Asbury Park


The restaurant is operated by Owner Steven Botta and Executive Chef, John Panebianco . Steven Botta, grew up in Brooklyn and learned many of the recipes from his mother.


The "soulful" Italian menu is prepared using high quality fresh Ingredients. The sourcing of ingredients includes; locally sourced, fresh seasonal ingredients and seasonal organic produce from other sources. Other ingredients such as fresh organic Bufala Mozzarella is imported from Italy weekly. Seafood is delivered daily, many from overseas locations using only line caught fish. Their meats are also of the highest quality using humanely raised milk fed veal, poultry is sourced from Bell & Evans


Gluten free and whole wheat pasta is also available.


Brando's has an attractive, elegant decor with a hint of old world class yet maintaining an overall chic, trendy ambiance. The interior has a new copper bar top with a brick wall adorned with artwork, and tables set with white linens.


During the warmer months there is outside sidewalk dining available.


Brando's also provides valet parking


(updated: February, 2015)


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