Taking his Italian heritage and mixing it with his love of seasonal ingredients, Dominick Russo, executive chef and partner at Irvington’s Mima Vinoteca, has rolled out a brunch/lunch menu, which is available Tuesday through Sunday.
“I’ve wanted to serve brunch at the restaurant for some time,” says Russo, who became a partner at the beginning of the year. Along with new GM and partner Arturo Marrou, Russo launched the meal last month. “We used to have a small lunch menu but saw a demand for brunch even during the week and decided to capitalize on that,” Russo says.
Brunch features bottomless prosecco cocktails and an array of delicious entrées, which satisfy those with a sweet tooth and those looking for sandwiches and salads. You can start the meal with a delicious cheese and meat board, featuring (obviously) Italian charcuterie and cheeses. Follow with Russo’s phenomenal lemon-curd poppy-seed pancakes, a nod to his mother’s recipe, which are topped with Limoncello-spiked ricotta.
Need more ricotta? Don’t miss the Holy-Cannoli-Italian-Not-French Toast with cannoli cream and a crispy cannoli shell. It’s served with candied bacon and spiced bourbon syrup.
For those who covet a great bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll, try Mima’s Bacon, Egg, and Cheese in a Bowl — Russo’s take on creamy carbonara. If you’re not in the mood for bottomless prosecco, consider other cocktails like a classic Aperol spritz, cucumber martini, or pickled-strawberry lemonade.
For dessert we enjoyed a sneak peek at the sure to be popular orange Creamsicle cheesecake, which will be featured on the upcoming summer menu. “A lot of my creativity is sparked by nostalgia,” Russo says.
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