Living in New York City means constantly having a million things you want to do or go see. A couple of weeks before one of my roommates moved out and left the city, we were scrambling to knock out whatever we could on our to-do list. One of these was to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. We had already trekked through the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx during one super hot summer day, and so we wanted to make sure and experience the Brooklyn one as well.
After exploring the garden, which was absolutely lovely by the way, we were starving and looking for anything highly rated and close by. Barboncino was just down the street, had great Yelp reviews, and served pizza, which is always okay with us for any meal, any day.
I think we arrived right after the brunch crowd and right before the dinner crowd, so there weren’t that many people eating inside, but I have heard that waiting is not unusual. The restaurant’s interior design is comfortable and stylish with brick walls, wood tables, and lots of natural light, and when you walk in, you can see their large pizza oven front and center, where they whip out pies in no time.
Because it was a Sunday afternoon, we were given their brunch menu, which had specific brunch pizzas like the Pear and Gorgonzola, which comes with provolone, walnuts, honey, and olive oil, and the Sweet Apple, which has ricotta, apples, brown sugar, bourbon vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, and butter. If sweet ones aren’t your thing, they also have more traditional options like the Arugula and Margherita.
Now, I’ve never been an egg person, but sometimes when there’s a runny egg served on top of a burger or pizza, it looks so pretty to me that I almost do want to eat it. Because we had the brunch menu anyways, I decided I should finally just go for it this time, so I got the Pancetta, Egg, and Cheese pizza, which has eggs, fior di latte (a type of mozzarella), pecorino romano, black pepper, and olive oil. The egg on my pizza was cooked more than I was expecting, kind of a scrambled egg texture, so I guess I still haven’t officially tried a runny egg pizza but the delicious pancetta, melted cheese, and thin crust that was both crunchy and chewy still made it worthwhile for me.
One of the more interesting offerings on Barboncino’s brunch menu are their pizza “frittatas,” which are frittatas baked into their dough. Some of the variations of these are the Roasted Asparagus and Caramelized Onions with goat cheese and gorgonzola and the BLT, with mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, tomatoes, pancetta, basil, garlic, and red pepper sauce.
I’d love to come back one day and order off of their normal menu and get something like the Sopressata Picante pizza or the Cherry Stone Clams pizza. I’ve since heard that even if you’re given the brunch menu, you can still ask for the regular menu. Noted! A lovely early afternoon in the garden, followed by some yummy Brooklyn pizza…what could be a better Sunday afternoon?
Pancetta, egg, and cheese pizza
781 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238