Ling and I recently had brunch at Trattoria il Mulino in Flatiron. It’s a chain of Italian restaurants with locations in New York, Atlantic City, Orlando, and Nashville. Think fine Italian dining in a casual chic atmosphere. The area in the back with the hanging lights and black and white murals would be stunning for a dinner party.
We were offered a complimentary eggplant starter. Eggplant is hit or miss for me, and I’ve been less enthused about it ever since we’ve gotten eggplant in our CSA. This dish was definitely a hit though. Very nice with the tomatoes and spices. Their bread is great too.
Ling ordered the Meatball Benedict ($17). Humongous meatballs, poached eggs, tomato sauce, and ricotta. Looked pretty spectacular, and I imagine it must have been very rich and filling. If I ever get around to making another batch of veggie balls at home, I’ll have to make them extra big so I can recreate this benedict dish.
I got the Hangover Pizza ($19), which normally has bacon, egg, and cheese, but they replaced the bacon with mushrooms for me. Even though it was meatless, it was still indulgent. This was a brick oven pizza with a thin, crispy crust. Putting egg on a pizza is genius, but I would have preferred a runnier yolk. Disclaimer: I was in fact slightly hungover as I was out at a really fun house party in Harlem the night before.
The service was kind of inconsistent. Our waiter was extremely attentive before we placed our orders, but once all the food came out, it was difficult to get his attention for the check or a box. The food was good, but I’m not sure it wowed me enough to prompt a return visit. Hope that more places serve a hangover breakfast style pizza though!