The easiest way to summarize the offerings at Burrissimo is with the phrase, “Chipotle, but Italian.” Like the ubiquitous Mexican restaurant, Burrissimo offers three main entrees: a “Burrissimo” (Italian flatbread burrito filled with angel hair pasta), a pasta bowl, and a salad bowl. The customer can then pick from various meats, such as steak and chicken, and a diverse array of vegetables and cheeses to add to their meal.
When I went there the first time, I ordered a burrito filled with chicken, diavolo sauce, mozzarella cheese, artichokes, and onions. The flatbread wrapping of the burrito tasted similar to Chipotle’s enormous tortillas, but with some herbs inside. They were heated on a hotplate like at Chipotle, but were brushed with olive oil during the heating process. While I couldn’t really taste it, the olive oil did give the burrito a classier feel than you might find elsewhere.
My sister also came with me, and ordered a bare-bones pasta bowl with steak, mozzarella, and pomodoro sauce, which is a standard tomato sauce. Like my burrito, her pasta bowl was a decent entree.
The fillings themselves were nothing particularly special, but they were quite solid overall. The chicken, mozzarella, artichokes, and onions were exactly as you’d expect them: fresh and ordinary. The sauce, however, did a great job of tying the flavors together with smokey, tomatoey goodness. Like Chipotle, the individual ingredients were nothing to get excited over, but when put together, it made quite a tasty meal.
We finished off our meal with an order of zeppole, donut-like pastries that come with either raspberry or cream dipping sauce. We went with the raspberry sauce. The zeppole tasted a bit like churros from Costco--they were covered with cinnamon and sugar--but a little softer. The dipping sauce added a nice tartness that went quite well with the donuts.
Overall, I would recommend Burrissimo to anyone who feels like trying a slightly different approach to Italian-style food, or is bored of Chipotle and wants a change of pace. The ingredients were fresh, and the options varied enough that you could try something completely different at each visit. For the price, about $7 per entrée, a meal at Burrissimo seems quite a worthy investment.
Written by Quan Nguyen