Three of us were headed to dinner last night at an inexpensive, local, hole-in-the-wall barbeque restaurant only to discover when we got there, that it had gone out of business. Diagonally across the street from this now-defunct place was Brunello Trattoria...a restaurant we had thought about trying but had not yet made it there. Well despite the fact that we were all in the mood for cheap barbeque, we decided it was time to give Brunello a try. And what a pleasant experience it was. The building itself is lovely and the atmosphere inside looks quite upscale...but when we arrived no one else was eating inside and the air conditioning made it a bit chilly. So we asked to be seated on the patio. We had a lovely table in a corner abutting the stucco walls of the restaurant with cypress trees between us and the wall. The service was prompt and excellent. Our cocktails came very quickly along with some delicious bread (we thought it was home-made, but it turned out not to be. Nonetheless, quite excellent and very fresh) with oil and vinegar. The menu, with plenty to choose from, didn't look all that different from other Italian restaurants. But the high quality of the food certainly was not typical. Two of us had salads. The tricolor salad was OK, but not outstanding. The house salad, however, was quite excellent. Our grown son wasn't very hungry, so all he ordered was an appetizer (breaded pan-fried mozzarella) which he exclaimed to be very very good and it certainly looked significantly better than the usual deep fried mozzarella sticks which one gets at the local pizzerias. I had the chicken "Giambotto", pieces of chicken and Italian sausage with potatoes, peppers and onions in a most delicious sauce. My wife had the chicken Rollatina special which she also liked a lot. The weather was perfect, the setting quite lovely and relaxing, there were no bugs and the food and service were both top-notch. Although dinner wasn't cheap, the prices really are quite reasonable so we feel Brunello Trattoria is an excellent value. Based on last night's experience we'll be back. We think this is the best Italian restaurant in the area.