Phil Raskin brings the flavors he grew up with to Brooklyn Phil’s Italiano
When you think of Brooklyn, New York you think of hard working, down to earth people… and pizza! Native Brooklynite Phil Raskin has been thinking about pizza all his life. As the story goes, Raskin grew up in the New York borough and dreamed of owning a family pizzeria. His dream came true in November 2013 with the grand opening of Brooklyn Phil’s Italiano on Clear Lake City Boulevard.
“We serve five star food at three star prices. Good food should be available to everybody. That’s the vision behind this place,” Raskin says.
To help bring his PHILosophy to the palates of Bay Area residents, Raskin brought in Chef Andrea Gaspercic. Born in the small town of Triesta, Italy (near Venice), Chef Andrea prides himself on his authentic Italian recipes, some passed down for generations.
“My grandmother is my inspiration, she’s almost 90 but she is the best cook I know,” Gaspercic says in his Italian accent. “She started teaching me to make pasta when I was about 6 years old.” Pasta-based dishes are just some of the mouth-watering items you’ll find on an extensive menu that includes homemade soups, salads, calzones, paninis, appetizers (from mussels to meatballs), award-winning desserts and, naturally, Pizza!
Drop in to Brooklyn Phil’s for lunch or dinner and you’ll probably see the good-natured Raskin and friendly Chef Andrea greeting customers and doing what they love to do— preparing and serving the tastiest Italian food, made from the finest ingredients (many imported from Italy) and reminiscing about their home towns.
“Hopefully, like all good Italian places, people will leave here with leftovers. It’s about large portions, real ingredients and elevating the eating experience,” Raskin says. “I want people to come in here in a suit or in shorts and have the best meal they’ve ever had. It’s all inspired by the place I grew up in, Brooklyn. It’s where I had the best food ever, and I want to bring that experience here.”
Brooklyn Phil’s Italiano
1105 Clear Lake City Blvd.
Monday – Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 9pm
Wine and Beer
Five Stars To Perfection
What owner Phil Raskin lacks in technical culinary understanding he more than makes up for with enthusiasm for fresh, authentic ingredients and by partnering with the best Chef (Andrea Gaspercic) around to lead his restaurant to five star Italian glory.
Phil’s memories of Brooklyn’s casual, family-friendly restaurants and his personal connection with the tradition of New York’s sports teams and eateries have helped create an atmosphere that’s open and inviting. Much of the kitchen is visible and connects patrons to Chef Andrea, who has as much of an interest in the “front of the house” (the service and wait staff’s knowledge of the dishes) as he does to the food itself. There’s also a red-umbrella patio, perfect for cooler weather dining.
Owner Phil Raskin and Chef Andrea are equally insistent that the wait staff be thoroughly trained about the ingredients of each dish, how it’s made, and that they have personally tasted as much of the menu as possible. Phil’s upbeat Brooklyn smile and outgoing personality can be seen in his wait staff as well.
It’s apparent that Raskin’s idea of a successful restaurant has as much to do with being an integral part of a community as it does with turning a profit. Brooklyn Phil’s prices are more than fair, considering the high quality ingredients used. Raskin gives back to the community with monthly sponsored events and specials that support local high schools, sports teams and charitable organizations.
Exactly like it sounds, the UFO is a double stuffed pizza in the shape of a fat flying saucer. The UFO comes with spicy salami, ham, mushrooms, eggplant, green peppers, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese. Pizza lovers can’t go wrong—it’s double the taste and pleasure! ***** $14 Medium/$17 Large
Sheepshead Bay Mussels
Fresh mussels in a white wine garlic sauce. Served with fresh bread baked seasoned with rosemary, spices, herbs and onions. ***** $9
Brooklyn Heights Pork Tenderloin
I lived in Brooklyn for a few years and this is it. Sautéed pork tenderloin (truly tender) in a rosemary white wine demi-glace served with garlic red mashed potatoes. A beautiful infusion of flavors and one of Phil’s personal favorites. ***** $19
Montague St. Pasta
Linguine with hand crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil leaves and extra virgin olive oil. Tasty and light. *** $12
Casarecce Della Casa
An absolutely scrumptious dream. Pasta twists in a saffron cream sauce with prosciutto and asparagus. ***** $14
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
Sautéed Brooklyn pork guanciale, Romano cheese, egg yolk. Very creamy with savory bacon. An exquisite blend of flavors in a large portion. Wonderful leftovers! ***** $12
Plate of Prosciutto
An amazing combination on one plate—arugula and fresh Parmesan cheese. The prosciutto is the best I’ve ever tasted. ***** $7
Pizza is all about the toppings…and the sauce…and the dough. Since Phil and Chef Andrea use the freshest ingredients for all their dishes, whatever pizza you create you will love! The dough and sauce are the right out of Brooklyn and if pizza is your thing, you can’t go wrong. Get the Notorious 30 inch P.I.E. if you’ve got a football team to feed. Order by the slice or create your own toppings in any size. **** $7 Slice, $12 Medium, $15 Large, $39.95 for the monstrous P.I.E.
Rich! Melted Nutella with hazelnut chocolate on top and bananas and toasted candy walnuts inside. Yum! ***** Not yet officially on the menu. Ask for this one!
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