A few weeks ago when my Mom was in town, she suggested we try Scampo for brunch. I was thrown off at first because I didn’t even know they had brunch (which is both shocking and kind of sad because I live basically across the street). I still have no idea how she figured this out before me, but all it took was one look at the the menu online and the decision was made.
Italian-style brunch that starts with complimentary mini muffins, yesplz.
We had to wait forever for my brother and his friend to join us, so we started doing serious work on the drink and app menu, starting with the simple but amazing Arancione with tequila, lime & blood orange.
When I think of Scampo, the first thing that comes to mind is mozz (lotz of mozz), so we also snacked on a Mozzeralla Salad with vine ripe tomatoes and basil while we waited.
My next drink, Il Gara with bourbon, ginger liquor, lemon & mint was good but definitely not a brunch appropriate drink. I don’t know what I was thinking, bourbon and brunch do not mix…should have stuck with the Arancione.
The Pompelmo with tequila, grapefruit, agave, lime & basil on the other hand, was both brunch appropriate and awesome.
For entrees we tried the Crisped Beef Hash with organic eggs and sundried tomato hollandaise. I thought this dish was OK. Everything tasted really good, but I thought the presentation was a little weak (at least compared to some of the other dishes) and they gave, like, four potatoes. They were amazing potatoes though.
The Classic Pizza also isn’t very brunch-ish, but I guess it was going on noon by the time we ate it so whatever. The best part about the pizza was the tomatoes, they were marinated in some sort of acidic mixture that was the perfect compliment to the cheese and crust, there was also a smoky element in there as well.
The best dish by far was the Bacon and Leek Risotto with soft cooked egg and baby pea tendrils. It was the epitome of an Italian brunch dish with so many flavors, colors and textures.
Scampo brunch is definitely worth a visit. It’s on the expensive side of the brunch spectrum, but the food holds to the same standards as lunch and dinner. Also the dining room is beautiful in the daytime, the look completely changes with the addition natural light.