After a visit to a street fair on Smith Street we found ourselves in the mood for some pizza and inside Enoteca on Court, an inviting new Italian spot in Cobble Hill. Up front you'll find a dark and sexy wine bar with exposed brick and rustic beams, while the dining area in the rear is bright and cheery. They also have a patio for dining el fresco.
The menu boasts small plates, including Fruitta di Mare ($9), a seafood salad made with shrimp, octopus and calamari in a lemony dressing perfect for the summer, and Bruschette ($3 each) ranging from a classic tomato and garlic to Pancetta with basil pesto. There's also the house gnocchi ($7) with gorgonzola and toasted bread crumbs, oven grilled chicken ($8) and stuffed artichoke ($6). There's also a nice selection of panini sandwiches, and formaggi and salumi to mix and match.
But we were here for pizza, and choosing one quickly became a difficult task. Would it be the Quattro Formaggi with mozzarella, gorgonzola, scarmoza and ricotta which sounded wonderful at $13 for a small pie, or maybe the Romana with anchovies, capers and olives at $12? We finally settled on the Sardegna ($13), a decadent pie bubbling with a healthy supply of melt-in-your-mouth porcetta, thinly-sliced potatoes, tomato and pecorino. While it was a little difficult to handle, it was a delight to eat. In fact, I haven't had pizza this good since a visit to Franny's.
But the pizza is just a small part of the story at Enoteca. The wine list is the true star, boasting an array of choices from California, France, Spain and of course, Italy. There are whites, reds, sparkling and rosé with prices equally as friendly as the food. We spotted several bottles starting at $25 (including two reds from Puglia and a Rioja from Spain) to $190 for a 1996 bottle of Brunello di Montalcino from Toscana. The restaurant loves its wine so much that it's currently hosting its own Wine Film Festival till the end of July.
But you may just want to go for the pizza!