After a hard week of constantly reading about whom Eliot Spitzer is dicking, a person just needs to unwind over a plate of eggs and about seven pitchers of mimosas. And for my money, there’s really only one place to do this: Scottaditto on Union Street in Park Slope.
Cozied in next to bastion of hippy-dippy craziness, “The Park Slope Food Coop,” Scottaditto has a dark, rustic interior, with big wooden tables, mis-matched cutlery and veritable finger-bowls for your endless mimosa pool. In the back, there are more tables throughout a bright, windowed, verdant atrium. This is, for sure, the best area to sit in because while you fritter away hours upon hours of leisurely brunching, it’s probably best to be able to see the sun.
Typically (i.e. the two times I’ve brunched there), I’ve gone for the fantastic pasta dishes, in lieu of organic eggies or pane dolce (French toast, basically). My favorite: orchiette with vegetables and ricotta salata. Yummers. Imaginarydomain has practically formed a religion around their Eggs Benedict, but I wouldn’t know anything about that as Hollandaise sauce literally scares the pants off me. I know the eggs come with really nice potatoes though.
Lest you forget, I feel like I need to remind you that this $12 brunch includes unlimited Champagne or mimosas and coffee. The mimosas are not super-strong and are made with good orange juice – just like I like ’em. And while the waitstaff is excellent at making sure your goblet is not dry, I didn’t have as much luck with the coffee. I only managed to get one or two cups, despite at least twice as many requests for more. Eventually I just dropped it because I understood that I was not meant to have more coffee.
The only thing that remains to be mentioned is how ceaselessly chill this restaurant is. The shadowy, wine-cellar-like ambiance lulls you into sleepy calmness, that allows you to slowly enjoy your brunch time. The waiters never rush you to order, to eat or to pay. They just keep filling your glass and letting you talk on and on about post-feminist perspectives on who’s riding the governor.
Very highly recommended.
Scottaditto Osteria Toscana
788A Union Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues
Park Slope, Brooklyn