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Restaurant Information
Osteria Brigantino
999 Erie St. E, Windsor ON N9A3Y9 View Larger Map
519.962.4596
Website; Dinner Menu; Lunch Menu

Cuisine: Italian
Price: $$ (Moderate – $15-25 per meal)
Parking: Street
Reservations: Not Required
Specials: N/A
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Taster Recommendation: Go here for a great value on good Italian food.
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Review

We posted back in June about the re-opening of the Italian restaurant Osteria Brigantino with much anticipation over seeing their new digs and sampling from their extensive menu. We finally got a chance to visit last week.

The restaurant strays a bit from the warm, comforting atmosphere typically provided by Italian eateries with a cooler colour palate, clean lines, and modern fixtures. It feels more upscale and edgy than intimate and cozy, so it’s a better choice for, say, a birthday than for a romantic anniversary dinner.

The service was slow and inconsistent and could have benefitted from more experience and training. We sympathized with our rookie waitress who seemed to still be learning the ropes, but a more impatient group of diners would have easily been put off by the experience.

Brigantino’s menu is extensive and offers a wide selection of pasta dishes as well as delicious scaloppini and generous meat dishes served with a side of pasta. The food here is good. The pasta is cooked to a perfect al dente and the sauces are very flavourful. We tried the Salmon, Polla alla Parmigiana, Pollo alla Marsala, Scaloppine al Limone, and Scalopinne Brigantino whose buttery rich cream sauce made it the favourite dish at the table.

We were pretty blown away by the quality of food for the price that we paid, and on the notoriously expensive Via Italia no less. If your priority is good Italian food for a good price, then Osteria Brigantino is an excellent choice.

Diner’s Favourites:

Scalopinne Brigantino – thin, tender pieces of veal in a rich cream sauce served with a side of pasta. This dish was so delicious that we even wiped the plate clean with bread after it was done.

Diner’s Thoughts:

Taster Girl

The scaloppini dishes were both really good, but I was jealous of Taster’s Scaloppine Brigantino so I kept sneaking bites off of his plate. Cream sauce is my weakness, especially when it is this tasty. The chicken marsala had a great sauce but I prefer a tenderized chicken breast to the whole breast that was provided.

I wasn’t 100% pleased with the service here, but I’m willing to give Brigantino another try because I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, the food, and the overall value. Plus I want to order that Scaloppine again!

Taster

New or old, this was my first time dining at this establishment. It is hard for me to recommend menu items when there are clearly four to five . I had a really hard time choosing from the menu because so many of the dishes– like the Scaloppini Brigantino, Involtini Osteria, and the gnocch– sounded amazing. Obviously, I am going to have to come back and try these are other dishes to get a better idea of the menu.

The salmon was very well cooked and the pollo alla marsala had a well-executed sauce with a nice thick piece of chicken as opposed to the customary thin slices. Also, the side of pasta had a nice and thick sauce that is traditional to Italy.

Recommendation: I am definitely going to have to go back and update this review, but for a first timer I would try the dishes that have either Osteria or Brigantino in its name. All of the dishes are under $20 before tax, so you should also go here if you want an Erie Street experience at a chain-restaurant price– it’s worth it.

The Philosopher

I have never been to a restaurant where the entree came out before the soup: must be a modern restaurant setting? Or perhaps a confused waitress?

I ordered the Italian restaurant classic, the chicken parmigiana. I was very impressed. It ranked high on my “parmigiana scale” and definitely on par with the best parmigianas in the city. And the tiramisu for dessert was light and fluffy.

Image Gallery

  • The Front
  • Very Fancy Entrance
  • Modern Bar
  • Modern Loft Feel = Romantic
  • Rooster Parm - Just kidding. Chicken Parm
  • Soup
  • Brigantino Veal
  • Veal Limone
  • Beautiful Sal, mon.
  • Big Hunk Of Chicken Marsala
  • Tira-me-too!


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