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“Wanted to like it”

Bruno's Taste of Italy
Ranked #58 of 349 Restaurants in Billings
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
1 review
“Wanted to like it”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

I wanted to like this place. Locally owned Italian... What better? But the food is obviously frozen reheated, room temperature meatballs, gnocchi so drowned in sauce it should be listed as a soup, rubbery mussels in soggy breading... The service was friendly but the recipes need a revamp. Very disappointed.

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Great Falls, MT
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Authentic, Awesome and Absolutely an ITALIAN gem in Billings, MT !!!”
Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

There is a reason BRUNO'S ... A Taste of Italy...was voted the # 1 ITALIAN Restaurant in Billings, MT... Superb service, delicious cuisine, authentic atmosphere makes this must stop...The proprietors - Sammartinos - are experienced, accommodating and simply "thee" BEST.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
323 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Family owned gem close to I-90 exit 446”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Really specializes in pasta dishes. Loved the decor and atmosphere and the excellent service. Had a terrific ravioli.

Visited September 2012
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Allen, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Friendly Staff, Average Food”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

I had just traveled from Providence, Rhode Island where I spent a week eating at some of the most authentic Italian restaurants outside of Italy located in the historic Federal Hill district of the city.

So, perhaps, it is for this reason, that eating at Bruno's Taste of Italy came across as rather lackluster.

That is not to say the food isn't tasty. It just paled in comparison.

But if you are in Billings, and you are craving Italian, this will certainly foot sate your craving.

I started my meal with an order of Calamari. Clearly, being geographically landlocked, any fish item on a menu will not be fresh. This was never more evident than in the order of calamari from Bruno.

It was tender and the serving size was ample, but the lack of freshness was evident in the rather fishy flavor the rings of lightly breaded squid gave off.

The Caesar side-salad was okay, not the highlight of the meal.

I was about to write Bruno's off at this point, but they redeemed themselves with the spaghetti and Meatballs. The sauce was a delicious ragu, made in-house with a great blend of fresh tomato, authentic seasoning and slow-cooked to perfection.

All the pasta's aside from the angel hair variety and the gnocchi are hand-made in the restaurant (Thanks to the waitress who advised me of this) and cooked Al dente. It is toothsome and delicious and the perfect starchiness cradles the delicious sauce so each bite combines the perfect pasta to sauce ratio.

The meatballs and sausage were top notch and reminded me of Sunday dinner at my Grandmother's house.

Overall, Bruno's had its share of hits and misses, but if in Billings, and the craving for good old-fashioned spaghetti and meatballs hits...check out Bruno's. Just don't expect perfection, but accept that it is as good as you will get in the area.

Visited August 2012
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Billings
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Worth every penny”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

Some people complain about how much more they cost than Olive Garden or Johnny Carino's, but I think it's money well spent. Instead of having some cook in the back pull something out of a prepackaged bag they got on a truck you get quality ingredients and food that's actually made here.

Visited March 2012
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