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“Plenty of food”

Al Brigantino Chiavaroli
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $69
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed November 12, 2017

We are staying nearby this restaurant and decided to give it a try after reading reviews on TA. The food was plentiful! The food was delicious! The prices were very reasonable. Because it was our first visit we were unsure of the portion sizes so we both ordered a first and second course. I ordered risotto with a variety of fish and my wife had spaghetti with clams. Both were excellent and very good portions. Our second course was fried squid & langostino's and grilled bream respectively. Again, generous portions and very appealing. Our server was friendly and helpful. A return visit before we depart is in order.

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Thank D G
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Reviewed May 26, 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit and it was very good. The service was 2nd to none. The menu which is strictly fish, is extensive. The beer and wine list is very good. I would say though it was not expensive it is more for the special occasion. We would go back though.

Thank Albert E
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Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

This place deserves the number 1 position i Francavilla and surroundings. If I ever come back to the town I will go straight back to enjoy another superb dinner. What impressed me a lot was the logistic of the ristorante. Kitchen is behind a wall with windows so you are connected to the process. On the other side of the wall facing the table are all the rest you need i.e dishes, cuttlery, wines. Everything well organized. A very friendly servant can work smoothly taking care his client in most professional way. This could be a master layout for all other resturants! And of course, the food was fantastic. Great antipasto.

Thank Håkan B
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

Bright restaurant (you can see your food) specializing in seafood. Waiter spoke English and had an English Menu (although the menu translation was a bit iffy). Set us back 53 Euro for an appetizer of a Seafood Salad (turned out to be a fish, octopus, squid plate, no vegetables to be seen). In itself, the plate was a bit small for the price. I had what was described as the bass, which was a rather small portion, filled up on the potatoes which were interestingly prepares, somewhat like large potato chips. My wife’s fish was topped with mushrooms and was a good bit larger, but do not recall the name. Would definitely have been the better choice.

Thank Papito1
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

This is my single favourite restaurant in the world. It isn’t Michelin starred because they don’t serve overly-fussy food. It doesn’t have a morgue-like atmosphere. The dishes aren’t put together using flown-in ingredients, nor do they have ridiculous names and explanations on the menu. No, this is “simply” a superb, family-run, fresh-as-a-daisy seafood restaurant, situated next door to some of the cleanest cold waters in Europe, and boasting an array of traditionally based (but often with a contemporary twist) Italian favourites.

Seafood restaurants are so often hampered by both the variability of their main ingredients, and the limited number of ways they can be prepared. Brigandino gets around this by situating itself in one of the cleanest sea areas in Europe, and by offering both the traditional and the more contemporary. Chef-Owner Sergio has the lightest of touches – an essential skill when dealing with seafood; he knows his ingredients inside out and back to front, and he applies traditional skills (some of his recipes are variations on dishes his grandmother taught him) to traditional ingredients, but also manages to develop their tastes in new ways, or by doing traditional dishes just that bit better than anywhere else.

The atmosphere is friendly and informal; a “family Italian” style that contrasts cheerfully with so many upmarket places. The food isn’t cheap (and why would it be, given the ingredients) but it’s great value for money – you won’t eat this well for less anywhere else. The service is similarly warm and friendly – it’s like being part of a generous, caring family, who want you to eat and drink nothing but the very best. Finally, the wine list, and the staff’s knowledge of their local wines, means that the overall experience is something to be savoured and enjoyed.

I’ve been back to Francavilla-al-Mare the last 2 years, and a large part of that place’s charm is encapsulated by this restaurant. I urge you to at least try it – you may find yourself becoming as hooked as I am.

Dishes to try:
1. The “antipasto Sergio” – a giant melange of up to 9 various seafood starters that’s a meal in itself. Includes a dish of baked mussels with tomato (when in season) that was Sergio’s grandmother’s, and it’s as good today as it was then.
2. Spaghetti alle vongole – the traditional spaghetti and baby clams dish, but you’ll notice how the very freshest clams, the best cooked (properly al dente) pasta, and a subtle way with seasoning, make this dish stand out.
3. The Arrosto Misto Adriatic: a “mixed grill” of ultra-fresh local seafood, which instead of being fried or baked is grilled with a delicious, flavoured crumb topping which both protects the delicate fish and shellfish, as well as adding a delicious crunchy topping.
4. Lobster: not cheap, but when split and grilled with the crumb topping as per the Arrosto Misto it becomes one of the truly great ways to enjoy lobster. I confess I generally find lobster overrated, but here it manages to be special enough to be worth its price. And its price at the Brigandino is still much less than you’d pay in other restaurants.

If you’re in the area I urge you to give it a go. I very much doubt you’ll be disappointed, and will most likely spend almost every evening there, as I do!

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