Covid-19 Takeout

Handmade Pasta Pop-Up – Trattoria Bruno by Alexander’s Steakhouse, SF

Hello carb heaven! Trattoria Bruno is a new fresh pasta pop-up inside Alexander’s Steakhouse SF. It’s named after Chef Eric Upper’s adorable dog. They take pickup orders directly via phone or you can get delivery through a 3rd party app. I tried four of their pastas recently for takeout and enjoyed the easy, but elevated weeknight treat!

Trattoria Bruno SF Pop Up - Four pastas and charcuterie
Uni Spaghetti, Casoncelli, Cappellaci, Pappardelle and Charcuterie

Cappellaci – This filled pasta with velvety corn puree was my favorite! Each piece was a little burst of sweet corn flavor, topped with Jimmy Nardello peppers and squash puree. Yuzu kosho butter sauce finished it off. Summer happiness on a plate.

Trattoria Bruno SF Pop Up - Cappellaci - fresh-stuffed pasta filled with a velvety corn puree, topped with Jimmy Nardello peppers, squash puree, yuzu kosho butter sauce.
Cappellaci – fresh-stuffed pasta filled with a velvety corn puree, topped with Jimmy Nardello peppers, squash puree, yuzu kosho butter sauce.

Uni Spaghetti – A close second for me. I liked how the uni cream sauce generously coated each strand of the fresh spaghetti. Two pieces of fresh Santa Barbara uni topped the pasta, as well as grated bottarga (cured fish roe). If you are a uni lover, don’t miss this.

Trattoria Bruno SF Pop Up - Uni Spaghetti - Fresh spaghetti tossed in an uni cream sauce, topped with fresh Santa Barbara uni and grated bottarga (cured fish roe)
Uni Spaghetti – Fresh spaghetti tossed in an uni cream sauce, topped with fresh Santa Barbara uni and grated bottarga (cured fish roe)

Casoncelli – This wagyu stuffed pasta was another winner with a rich beef butter sauce. Though the portion on this one was quite a bit smaller. 

Trattoria Bruno SF Pop Up - Casoncelli - Fresh pasta stuffed with roasted wagyu, glazed in a beef and butter sauce
Casoncelli – Fresh pasta stuffed with roasted wagyu, glazed in a beef and butter sauce

Pappardelle – I thought this was fine, but forgettable compared to the rest. The wagyu ragu was a little dry and didn’t coat the wide pappardelle well. The pappardelle was also thick for my preference. I did like how al dente it was.

Trattoria Bruno SF Pop Up - Pappardelle - handmade with a rich and savory wagyu ragu meat sauce
Pappardelle – handmade with a rich and savory wagyu ragu meat sauce

I also got the Charcuterie which came with house-made butter and grilled sourdough bread. The bread was perfect for dipping in the rich pasta sauces.

Trattoria Bruno SF Pop Up - Charcuterie
Charcuterie – speck, bresaola, spicy cacciatorini, sweet cacciatorini, tangerine preserve, pickles, house-made sourdough

The dinner for two package came with the Casoncelli and Pappardelle, as well as a bottle of 2009 Rosso Toscana which was nicely dry and smooth. I would recommend an appetizer or two to supplement the pasta because of the portions.

Trattoria Bruno SF Pop Up - Four pastas, charcuterie, and 2009 Rosso Toscana
The Takeout Spread

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: