I met a friend recently for brunch at Olio e Più, the tratoria and enoteca in the West Village. I had been there a couple times in the evenings, eating their tasty Neapolitan pizzas baked in their wood-burning oven. This time I sampled other more midday fare. Since my friend is in charge of the restaurant’s social media, we got to sample more than we’d usually just eat.
To whet our appetites, we each had a spicy bloody Mary ($14)
We shared a winter mushroom, zucchini, potato and goat cheese frittata ($15) topped with a lightly dressed — how I prefer it — organic green salad; their hearty portion of lobster Benedict served on toasted baguette slices in lieu of the more traditional English muffins. That came with mixed green salad and crispy housemade roasted potatoes ($22).
Don’t miss their amazing fluffy (organic) olive oil pancakes ($15) topped with blueberry compote and a rich lemon ricotta, served with maple syrup. I also liked their paninins.
In addition, we shared one of their paninis, the Napolitan one made with pizza bread and filled with parma ham and stracchino cheese, with a side of dresses arugula ($14). Light and yummy.
I’d recommend a visit to Olio e Più at any time of the day.