Chilebrown at home

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


We have driven by the Famiglia Italian Restaurant several times in Pinole California. The location is a little off the beaten path for a restaurant. La Famiglia is located in a small strip mall with a gym and auto repair shops near by. We noticed a 'Grand Opening" sign inviting us to give it a try. It is a warm Monday night and we are ready to try some Italian food.

Famiglia Italian Restaurant is owned by two brothers; Miguel and David Guillen. They both have a lot of experience in the restaurant business. Our server Nancy was related to the owners and we noticed some children playing in the back of the restaurant. This is a family owned establishment. I want to tell you about our server Nancy. She was very pleasant and prompt with all of our dinning needs. It makes such a difference to a meal to feel comfortable and satisfied with the efforts of the server.

It was 5:00pm Monday night and we were the only patrons in the place. The inside is void of decorations and has a tall ceiling that still needs to be finished. The menu is brought with complimentary bread and a bowl of some decadent rich garlicky Puttanesca spread. Puttanesca is a type of Italian salsa consisting of tomato, garlic, anchovy and olive oil. I ordered Bistecca Di New York which is grilled New York steak, mushrooms & Marsala sauce and Ms. Goofy Spaghetti Alla Carbonara;spinach, pancetta & egg cream sauce

My steak was perfectly cooked to medium well. The Marsala sauce was rich with mushrooms and a hint of wine. I am not a big produce eater but my melody of vegetables was perfectly cooked and flavorful. Ms. Goofy loved her Carbonara and would not talk to me until she had slurped every last strand of pasta. I still had a little room for dessert. I asked for Spumoni and this gelato type pie was delivered. It was so good.

We are glad we stopped by Famiglia Italian Restaurant. It was a hit on all cylinders. They have a wood burning oven which they make many combinations of pizza. This needs to be explored in the near future. We have been searching for a local Italian restaurnat and I think we have found it. Thumbs up.

Famiglia Italian Restaurant
812 San Pablo Ave Suite 1,
Pinole, CA 94564


Big Dude said...

Food looks good but Miguel Guillen doesn't sound very Italian to me :-)

Chilebrown said...

Big Dude, I was wondering if anyone would catch that. The Guillien brothers do a great job.

Lettie said...

I had the opportunity to try italian food when these to brothers, Miguel and David, where the chefs at another Italian Restaurant. Don't let their last name fool you. These are 5 star Italian chefs. Every dish that I tried at the previous Italian restuarant was delicious, decadent and some dishes even gave way to a foodgasm :). I was so disappointed when they left the Pittsburg area and am still trying to get to their new restaurant in Pinole. I highly recommend their restuarant because I know the quality of chefs they are and the top notch decandent, molto delicioso dishes they produce.