For a weekend getaway, I went with my roommate to her hometown of West Lafayette. Being born and raised in Purdue country, she knew exactly where to take me to get the full experience of her hometown. After leaving Purdue’s home football game, we ventured into West Lafayette to have dinner. Requesting that she take me to a staple of the city, we found ourselves at Bruno’s Restaurant.
This restaurant, located at 212 Brown Street in West Lafayette, is the product of Bruno Itin. Itin was an immigrant from Switzerland in 1955 when he moved to the area and opened Bruno’s Pizza that specialized in pizza and a variety of unique Swiss, Italian, German, and American dishes.
From the moment we walked through the door, I was met with all that is Bruno’s. The restaurant was filled with the wonderful aromas of garlic and pizza. The walls were covered in life-size cut-outs of athletes, sports posters, local advertisements, and black and gold signs. Everything about the restaurant glowed with Purdue University pride.
I was very excited to try Bruno’s staple, Bruno Dough. Served with your favorite dipping sauce, Bruno Dough is pizza dough cut into pieces and deep fried, then brushed with garlic butter and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. And yes, Bruno Dough is as delicious as it sounds.
I would absolutely recommend Bruno’s restaurant to anyone looking for a unique West Lafayette experience that offers great food and an incredibly fun atmosphere. For more information on Bruno’s, visit the restaurant’s website.