Brunch at Ornella Trattoria

Brunch is almost a holy ritual here in New York City. With an endless supply of places to have brunch in one of the biggest cities in the world, it’s great when you can find neighborhood gems you can always rely on for a good meal. One such place is Ornella Trattoria in Astoria, Queens. 

Ornella has been in the neighborhood for years but they have just revamped their menu and introduced a whole new brunch menu that will make you feel like you’ve been invited into owner/chef Giuseppe Viterale’s home.

Many of the items featured on the Ornella menu are hand made in Viterale’s upstate New York home, including this delicious tray of home-cured meats (that was accompanied by a refreshing Italian spritzer).

This course included Crostini di Nduja, Prosciutto, Soppersata and Pancetta.  

The meats was also served with a delicious and semi-sweet onion marmalade and a spicy chili jam.

Giuseppe also served us a pasta that is perfect for warmer weather – Orechiette with Prosciutto and Melon.

My favorite item that Giuseppe served came from the newly created brunch menu.

It is the Chestnut Pasta with Creamy Pistachio Sauce and Truffle Oil (pictured above). It is UNBELIEVABLY good. You definitely MUST try this dish.

Another delicious dish found on the brunch menu is the sweet polenta.It’s perfect for thos of you who like to indulge on the sweet stuff during brunch.

The brunch menu also includes a Panini di Porchetta, which is a thinly sliced roasted pork pressed sandwich.

What brunch menu would be complete without an egg dish? Ornella serves up a massive Pane Cotto (cooked bred over Sausage anf Broccoli Rabe with two Fried Eggs).

We finished our meal with a Venetian digestive, Sgroppino. It’s a tasty mixture of Lemon Sorbet, Vodka and Prosecco.

There was also a non-alcoholic option – the delicious Affogato (french vanilla ice cream “drowned” in espresso).

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my meal. You simply MUST add this to your NYC brunch places to try. You will not be disappointed.

Disclaimer: I was invited to eat at Ornella for this complimentary meal by the owner and his press team. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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