Location: 11604 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, CA 90049. 310.571.3800
Date: April 9, 2011
Cuisine: Abruzzi Italian
Rating: Unusual, tasty, very slightly over priced.
Pecorino is one of the twelve or so Italians on San Vicente in Brentwood. It’s relatively new, and replaced a good new American called Zax at the end of the street. One might ask why the street needed another Italian. Well it didn’t but Pecorino does offer a different (and good) take on the boot. The place specializes in the rustic cooking of Abruzzo, which is not only interesting and good, but certainly underrepresented.
The facade. Inside is cozy and stylish.
Pecorino has a number of premium wines by the glass, which is nice. They are a little pricey, but I still like the option. I got a glass of Brunello followed by one of Amarone.
And they serve it with this chickpea paste, which is tasty.
Caprino. Warm goat cheese “Crouton” served on a bed seasonal greens with hazelnuts.
Spaghetti with lobster. Chopped Maine lobster in a light garlic sauce with lobster juices and parsley. This is a really nice pasta. There’s a lot of lobster meat in here too.
Penne. In a tomato and basil sauce with green onions, cherry tomatoes and shaved pecorino cheese.
Lamb “Casserole”. De-boned Rack of lamb with pecorino cheese and artichokes “Chef’s Hometown recipe. This is an unusual, rustic, and delicious dish. It’s mildly cheesy, with big chunks of lamb and lots of artichokes.
Pecorino is a very good place, and it’s nice when an Italian gets away from the same old litany of dishes. It is however, mysteriously a bit more expensive than some of the others of fairly equal quality (like say Palmeri down the street). There’s a good amount of price variation in the Italians, and I’m not sure I get it. Still, the food’s very good.