Easter brunch isn’t like just *any* brunch – you want it to be special, delicious, and have plenty of options for everyone. We recently had a chance to preview Easter brunch at North Italia restaurant, and we’re excited to say that you should come hungry because you and your family are literally going to want to eat everything on the menu (we almost did!).
The adults are going to want to begin with a cocktail, of course, and we’re pretty much in love with the pretty pink Ginger Vanilla Greyhound (with raw ginger-vanilla vodka and fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit) to get your morning off to a light and bubbly start.
We also enjoyed the Red Rooster (Smirnoff vodka, spiced tomato, and Amaro Averna), which comes garnished with a jaunty mini-caprese salad (tomatoes and mozzarella) on a toothpick.
Next, it’s going to be hard for you to get past the “breakfast” side of the menu, which features traditional favorites and Italian classics. Our kids enjoyed the Baked French Toast with vanilla whipped cream and fresh berries.
Another one of our favorites is the popular Short Rib Hash with sweet onion, roasted pepper, two fried eggs, and grilled bread. The short ribs are fall-apart tender and the hash has just enough “heat” to make sure you’re truly awake. Feeling nostalgic? Try the classic Nonna Casserole, a mash-up of torn bread and Italian sausage, baked in red sauce with two fried eggs.
One of the tastiest items we enjoyed was something that could easily be missed because it’s listed among “side dishes” – the light and sweet Lemon Donuts. They’re filled with a light cream filling, dusted with sugar, and garnished with lemon curd. Be careful if you have more than three people at your table – they’re bound to fight over who gets one!
The kids’ menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, grilled chicken or chicken strips, grilled cheese, and more. But if all else fails, and you can’t find anything else for your pickiest kid (or adult) to enjoy, you can always dive into one of North Italia’s perfectly crispy pizzas, like this authentic Margherita Pizza with fresh mozzarella and basil. Need a gluten-free version? No problem – their gluten-free crusts are so tasty even your “regular” pizza lovers will enjoy them.
If you come in on Easter, additional brunch specials will include Goat Cheese Bruschetta, Diver Scallops, and other Italian favorites. Also look for the light and fizzy Aperol spritzer with prosecco, Aperol, and lemon.
North Italia has locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, and Texas, featuring indoor-outdoor eating and a friendly, low-key atmosphere. If you plan to attend for Easter brunch, make your reservations soon.
Blogger disclosure: North Italia treated my group to a meal to sample menu items. I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.