Photo by Tony Kukulich

Chianti’s Ristorante owners and father-son team, Shayan Rahimi and Al Mancini, welcome customers to their restaurant. Chianti’s offers a variety of menu items year round, and all their dishes are made-to-order. 

From get-togethers with friends to family gatherings and company parties, many East County residents are ringing in the holidays at local restaurants.

Chianti’s of Brentwood, which was voted Gold by the Best of Brentwood for three years, makes holiday dining a memorable experience with their delicious Northern Italian cuisine and exceptional service. 

“We love having large groups and families for the holidays,” said Shayan Rahimi, Chianti’s co-owner, along with his father, Al Mancini, who has more than 30 years of experience dishing out their treasured family recipes. “We do everything to make sure our service and food are outstanding.” 

Not just in the business of making reservations, Rahimi and Mancini work with large groups to collaborate together and create a fixed menu.

“This gives our guests the flexibility to choose what they like and to control cost and timing,” said Rahimi. “It also gives us the ability to give the best service possible.”

One of the best attributes that sets Chianti’s aside from other restaurants is that every dish is made-to-order, and all of their ingredients are fresh.

If you order chicken alfredo, your chicken is sautéed with spices, then cream and parmesan are added and cooked down until they are ready to add the fettuccine. The same goes for every dish on their menu.

“This is why we are able to cater to customers who have dietary restrictions or preferences like low-salt or gluten-free options,” said Rahimi. 

Chianti’s offers classic dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, ossobuco and fresh seafood dishes, including blackberry salmon and smoked salmon risotto. Rahimi recommends their chicken gorgonzola or prawns and scallops for the perfect holiday meal.

“What makes the chicken gorgonzola so good is that the flavors blend together to make a rich and creamy gorgonzola sauce,” said Rahimi. “We add apple slices for a bit of sweetness – and to cut the sharpness of the gorgonzola cheese – and a dash of parmesan as well.” 

Chianti’s prawns and scallops are sautéed in hot butter, garlic and spices, then finished in Chianti’s homemade basil cream sauce. 

“If you’re a seafood fan, this is the dish for you,” said Rahimi.

For desserts, their tiramisu and crème brûlée are customer favorites.  

“What makes them so good is the amount of care that goes into making the desserts,” said Rahimi. “My dad generally makes the desserts himself in the morning and never compromises on the quality. That’s why they are always amazing.” 

Chianti’s has a following of loyal customers who return each week for delicious food and exceptional service.

“Chianti’s is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas, the New Year or any occasion,” said Brentwood resident Marlynne Leonardson. “Each dish they serve is absolutely eloquent and delicious, and their sauces are amazing. You can taste the difference when each plate is made just for you.”

Chianti’s is open Christmas Eve, from noon to 9 p.m., Christmas Day from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 30 and 31, from noon to 10 p.m. They are closed on New Year’s Day. The restaurant is located at 3101 Balfour Road, in Brentwood. For more information, visit or call 925-516-1500.