Chianti's co-owners Al Mancini and Shayan Rahimi

Chianti's co-owners Al Mancini and his son, Shayan Rahimi, in the new location of their popular Italian restaurant in Brentwood, Calif., April 30, 2019. (Tony Kukulich/The Press)

Chianti’s Italian restaurant has seen consistently strong business since it opened in Brentwood five years ago, and will soon have room for more diners.

The cozy bistro that has served countless East County residents out for a date night or family dinner now has a new, larger location at 3111 Balfour Road in Brentwood.

The restaurant’s promise of fresh ingredients made to order has pleased the palates of its guests, as evidenced by its awards by Best of Brentwood voters for best Italian food in Brentwood three years running.

“The quality and consistency of our food sets us apart,” said Shayan Rahimi, who co-owns the restaurant with his father, Al Mancini. “I think that the food and service have spoken for themselves. They are measurable. We have the food, we have the service, and we will now have the ambiance, so we will have it all.”

Rahimi said expansion has been on his mind for some time now, but the right opportunity hadn’t presented itself until now. When a larger space across the parking lot opened, he knew it was time to move.

“We’ve been tucked away for a while, so we are going to use this location to our advantage,” he said.

Renovations inside the building have been completed, with the new space featuring a separate dining room and bar, as well as a semi-private dining area. Outside dining will eventually be added, as will a weekend brunch menu and the family’s own pizza recipe. Right now, guests can enjoy their old favorites, and try the new lunch menu.

Fans of the restaurant are eager to visit the new location and had nothing but praise to offer on social media.

“Super excited about the larger location,” wrote Lisa Kimble in a Facebook post. “(Chianti’s) has the best steamed clams around and the calamari is super good, too.”

“The best Italian food in Brentwood,” Denise Connors wrote. “We go there for birthdays and anniversaries, as well as other special occasions.”

Rahimi grew up in the restaurant industry. His father owned a small chain of pizzerias called Lamorinda Pizza, and Rahimi recalled being in and out of the restaurants often. He said owning a restaurant now doesn’t feel like work, because the people coming to him are intent on a good time.

“No one comes in the door and doesn’t want to enjoy themselves,” he said. “This is hospitality and people want to have a good time, and I just want to help them do that.”

Rahimi said the idea of running a restaurant occurred to him when he noticed the lack of family-owned eateries in Brentwood and the large amount of people moving to the area. He went to his father with his idea, and the two went to work.

Going into business together has also given father and son the chance to reconnect.

“When you are partners, there’s a lot of time spent together and a big commitment,” Rahimi said. “He’s been in the industry 30 years. We chose Italian food because that’s what my dad started out with.”

Chianti’s will celebrate its grand re-opening Saturday, May 4, from 4-7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and will feature a variety of their new menu offerings for appetizers and lunch.

All are invited to attend the festivities and celebrate the restaurant’s new location at 3111 Balfour Road, Suite A, in Brentwood.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit chiantis2.com or call 925-516-1500.

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