I can't think of many more indulgent meals than brunch at Pistacia Vera. The German Village dessert shop serves brunch every day of the week between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the small menu is filled with the most buttery, creamy, eggy brunch food in the city.
We're heading into the holidays, the time of year when it's really important to remember to be kind to yourself as you're running yourself ragged making food for (and buying presents for, and sending cards to) family and friends.
And I can't think of many more indulgent meals than brunch at Pistacia Vera. The German Village dessert shop serves brunch every day of the week between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the small menu is filled with the most buttery, creamy, eggy brunch food in the city. The serene atmosphere makes it easy to settle in for a quick respite from the holiday bustle. Start with a cup of coffee and end with a macaron or some other sweet treat plucked from the display case. You'll feel instantly recharged.
My favorite dish is the Shirred Eggs ($11). The gorgeous meal includes a tiny casserole dish filled with two eggs baked with cream, parmigiano-reggiano and garlic, then flecked with fresh herbs and drizzled in a warm tomato fondue. On the side is one of Pistacia's amazing flaky croissants, cut into thirds and toasted, served with housemade raspberry preserves.
I'm also fond of the Mushroom Quiche ($11). Pistacia's housemade pate brisee is topped with an eggy mixture of crimini and shiitake mushrooms plus shallots, Emmentaler Swiss and parmigiano-reggiano. It's served with a fresh green salad.
The rest of the brunch menu:
Cottage Ham and Brie ($13): Toasted whole wheat croissant with smoked cottage ham and fromage d'Affinois, served with Dijon mustard, cornichons and a fresh green salad.
Bacon Onion and Spinach Quiche ($11): Housemade pate brisee with Emmentaler Swiss, double-smoked bacon, onion and spinach, served with a fresh green salad.
Smoked Salmon ($13): Premium smoked salmon with creme fraiche, red onion, lemon, arugula, cracked pepper and capers. Served with a toasted rye croissant.
And I wasn't kidding about the sweets. They're what Pistacia Vera's famous for, and nobody should leave without one (or two).
541 S. Third St., German Village