I took a look at their take-out menu and asked Kim what she wanted. I was immediately drawn to the sausage, peppers, and onions longing for a recreation of memories from my childhood during Scranton, PA’s La Festa Italiana where sausage, peppers, and onions run rampant throughout. Kim chose their boxed lunch which includes small portions of two deli salads, carrot cake slab, a pickle, a piece of fruit (in this case an orange), a mint, and a 1/2 sub sandwich (she picked roast beef and I chose provolone for it).
I got my haircut and beard trimmed last night and drove over to Brianno’s at just about 7. I looked around the store a bit and then up to the counter. The guy making a pizza with his back to me asked, without turning around, what I wanted. So much for friendly service (but as Kevin mentioned later, no tip required for take out so no friendly service is expected — I tend to agree). I told him I was here to pickup an order for “Bill” and he then asked what I ordered. I told him vaguely and he appeared with a bag full of my food. After asking if there was anything else, he immediately returned to the pizza and I left.
I took a peak in the brown paper bag as I got into the car and was surprised as the small size of one pound of sausage, peppers, and onions. I was also somewhat surprised that it wasn’t drowned in tomato sauce (as that’s what I’m used to).
I got home and we dug in. I was wrong about thinking that one pound of the sausage, peppers, and onions wouldn’t be enough. Instead of being mostly veggies, it was mostly meat — and very good meat at that. It was nearly 100% what I was looking for. I must admit that I was in heaven. Finally a place that recreates one of my hometown favorites correctly!
Kim’s boxed lunch was nice and she enjoyed the tortellini salad but passed off most of the chicken salad with shells to me. She finished off the carrot cake but left a good bit of the sandwich to the side after finishing off the meat inside. She didn’t much care for that at all. I took a bit and found it pleasant but the bread was a bit too large for even my big mouth (heh) to eat so I’m not surprised Kim wasn’t a huge fan.
Overall, a very very very very very excellent meal for me and just a mediocre one for Kim. I would certainly return for some more of that sausage, peppers, and onions. They didn’t have any mini cannolis and the menu states you must call to order them so maybe I’ll give them some more advance notice to see how those are.
If you’re looking for some inexpensive Italian food, I highly recommend you check out Brianno’s in Eagan. I can’t make it a Top Restaurant because of Kim’s meal but if that had no bearing, I certainly would for mine alone! :)