Photos: Locanda Borboni
Marizio de Rosa is bringing Locanda Borboni to the streets of Williamsburg. De Rosa, who sold his interests in Sushi Nakazawa and Provo Pizzeria, says he simply fell in love with the space and its garden. In doing so, he revived a project he’d been contemplating for quite some time - a restaurant dedicated to the foods of Southern Italy. De Rosa says the menu is centered on classic techniques learned from the French chefs that settled with aristocrats in Naples and Palermo.
The meal begins with small plates of Cerignola, Gaeta and Nocellara olives marinated in garlic and spices, Sautéed Mussels and Borlotti Beans with garlic and parsley served with Crostini, and Roasted Neapolitan Sausages with hints of fennel served with sautéed broccoli rabe.
Larger plates bring Parmigiana di Melanzane dei Monzu made with layers of fried eggplant, mozzarella and tomato sauce with prosciutto and eggs baked with parimigiano cheese; Mammarelle Ripiene, a whole artichoke stuffed with parmigiano, bread crumbs, garlic and parsley, and stewed in extra virgin olive oil; and Gatto' di Patate, mashed potato cakes stuffed with ham, provolone and nutmeg.
Assorted pasta dishes are offered, like Trenette al Pesto Trapanese with clams and shrimp with a pesto of tomato, almonds, garlic, basil and pecorino; and Pappardelle con Ragu' di Anatra, duck confit with carrots and orange zest. From the sea comes Involtini di Pescespada, swordfish rollatini stuffed with onions, herbs, bread crumbs, capers over roasted bell peppers. Several fresh-made pizzas are offered along with traditional fritti, including rice balls in pork ragu. Locanda Borboni is also serving wines exclusively from Southern Italy produced with native grape varietals.
Locanda Borboni is located at 284 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY (845) 614-3413
For more information, visit locandaborboni.com