You’ve been dreaming of a trip overseas, but for now you’re looking to satisfy your cravings for Italian brunch fare. Not to worry – we’ll teach you how to bring the flavors of Italy to your home so you can wait patiently for your next summer trip.
Though this beverage is technically an aperitivo and therefore served just before dinner, an Aperol spritz is the perfect beverage for your Italian-esque brunch. This drink really gets the party going – as your guests are milling in, serve this drink as appetizers are being passed around. If you and your guests can’t get enough of prosecco, a delicious peach bellini is the way to go. You can offer this drink in a classy champagne flute or serve it frozen for some added pizzazz.
Of course, you can’t forget about a crisp white wine when serving brunch. Opt for a pinot grigio, a slightly dry but citrusy option that pairs well with most brunch foods. For those who prefer a mocktail, offer virgin mimosas that are served non-alcoholic prosecco.
Italians are quite partial to sugary items from brunch, but the savory items are mouth-watering too. Allow cheese to be one of the many heroes of the meal by serving a caprese salad with homemade balsamic glaze. You can also go the egg route and present your guests with a delectable frittata filled with an assortment of veggies and meats. You can serve savory pastry items as well, like mini quiches or cheese-filled croissants!
The best part about brunch is that you have a reason to gorge yourself on sweet items and call it a meal! Start off with a saccottino, a flaky pastry that is stuffed with cream or fruit fillings. Or, you can keep things on the simple side and present your guests with mini berry parfaits topped with crunchy granola. However, there’s one specific Italian food item that mustn’t forgo the affair – biscotti. Serve this item with warm tea or a strong cup of espresso to maximize the goodness.
To punctuate the meal, give your guests a class of limoncello, otherwise known as a digestif in Italy. This beverage promotes quick and comfortable digestion and is made of water, sugar, lemons, and alcohol. Your guests may also want coffee, which you can serve piping hot and fresh alongside irresistible small desserts like cannolis or a rich panna cotta.
Now that you have the perfect menu for your Italian-inspired brunch, it’s time to create the guest list and set a date! We’ll definitely be waiting for our invite. But, if you prefer to stay out of the kitchen on the weekends, join us at Strega for a brunch you won’t soon forget. Book a reservation for this weekend today!