You come to Brunos Italian Kitchen for two things: well-executed Italian fare (all the pasta is made in-house) and the lounge. The downtown Brea eatery offers daily specials and hosts happy hour every night—ideal for getting your evening started or a post-theater bite. But what you want to head here for is Trio Thursday.
The generous $15 deal allows you to mix and match three appetizers and drinks, including Brunos’ signature cocktails and any beer or wine by the glass. Try the arancini: lightly fried risotto balls filled with savory ham, fresh herbs and gooey mozzarella that are served alongside a vibrant marinara. Fragrant herbs, citrus and oil help to intensify the briny flavor of the house marinated olives. Pair any of the above with an Al Capone old fashioned, a heady mixture of Templeton rye, Averna amaro liqueur, maraschino and Angostura bitters, and you have yourself the perfect appertivo
Brunos Italian Kitchen, 210 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 257-1000; www.brunosbrea.com.
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