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Scottadito

What We Ordered – mimosas and then more mimosa refills. A free appetizer of focaccia bread with a dip that tasted like blended bruschetta.

  • Thick french toast topped with a perfectly thin layer of Nutella and fresh banana slices. Topped with cinnamon.  (Nicole ordered)
  • Eggs Florentine with spinach and hollandaise sauce on toasted bread. Served with a side of country potatoes and a tossed mesclun salad. (Nick ordered)
  • Thick french toast topped with fresh blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, a light dusting of powdered sugar and a side of maple syrup. (Jessica ordered)
berry french toast scottadito - eggs florentine

The Service – Our waitress was attentive but reserved. She answered our questions but offered little more conversationally. We think she may have been a little sleepy or just feeling a bit under the weather. Either way, we had no complaints about the service at all.

The Food! – Amazing. The appetizer was brought immediately after we ordered which was a happy surprise since we were starving! And the not-quite-salsa/ not-quite-marinara dipping sauce gave me the impression of almost a mild gazpacho; so refreshing on a hot summer day. The french toast was made with a flavorful batter that could have stood alone with just some powdered sugar, but the light toppings in both cases (fruit or hazelnut chocolate spread) took the meals into the realm of perfection. Nick’s reaction to his Eggs Florentine was, quote, “mmmm” and he had to be seriously coerced into sharing, enough said. Unfortunately, our table did have to have a bit of a problem with ants and we wiped one off every few seconds until our meals arrived, like a “search for the hidden objects” picture (remember those in Highlights magazines in doctor’s offices?). But once our food arrived, the ants (and our concern with them) seemed to completely disappear.

The Price – $14.94 fixed brunch with unlimited mimosas and 16 brunch-tastic options. A total deal!

The Website – The entire brunch menu is online!

Bonus – The Park Slope neighborhood is super cute to walk around if you get into the area before Scottadito opens or walk to explore after brunch. We found a tiny flea market about 3 blocks down that took over a playground for the morning hours and numerous sidewalk garage sales set up along the tree-lined streets.

Rating –  4.5  from all!! (minus just 1/2 point for ants)

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Scottadito Osteria Toscana

788A Union Street

Brooklyn, New York 11215

Brunch hours: opens at 11am

http://www.scottadito.com

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photo from yelp.com

photo from yelp.com

What We Ordered – yellow watermelon juice and “french pressed” coffee (not served with the french press although from other tables we saw the tea was).

  • A sourdough pancake topped with banana and lightly sweet caramel sauce. (Jessica & Nicole both ordered)
  • Corned beef with caramelized onions and topped with a poached egg. (Nick ordered)

The Service – subpar. We were seated immediately however, we then waited over 10 minutes just for menus. Two  full tables seated after us received their menus immediately from the same waitress  – later she mentioned something false about a menu shortage. A different waitress brought us our food and was much more attentive.

The Food! – good flavor overall but very small portions. The yellow watermelon juice was fantastic but there was only enough for about 3 sips. There were no extras on any plate (sausage or toast or hash browns? nope.). Don’t order the special (or at least ask for the price of it first), it was about $5 more than most of the other brunch options. We wished the pancake (singular) came with more of the topping business and that the corned beef was open-face sandwich style with some sort of bread underneath for more sustenance.

The Price – pricey! $12-18 per item (brunch menu meals are very small and with no frills, as above) and 2 items would be necessary for a normal appetite. The watermelon juice and coffee was $4 for about a 4 ounce serving (think a double espresso shot). We left still hungry but unwilling to spend more at the restaurant.

The Website – has good directions and a sample menu posted.

Rating –  Overall Rating:  1.66

The Breakdown: 1 from Jessica, 2 from Nicole, 2 from Nick (the husband)

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The Vinegar Hill House

72 Hudson Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11201

between Front & Water Streets

Brunch hours: 11am – 4pm

http://www.vinegarhillhouse.com

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