happy mother’s day to all moms reading my blog! and a very special happy mother’s day to my own mom who graciously edits my posts : ) you’re the best mom~
this year my husband and i spent some quality time with his family on mother’s day and took them to il paiolo for brunch. il paiolo’s an authentic northern italian restaurant that’s known for their scratch-made pasta and recently added outdoor seating area. on a nice afternoon, there’s nothing better than sipping a glass of wine and watching the foot traffic march up and down north 6th street.
i love the colors, texture and depth of flavors in the dishes here. we started with a few beet and goat cheese salads. the goat cheese was rich and velvety and the arugula was peppery and fresh. we followed that up with calamari for the table. the batter was deliciously light and crispy. we then ordered an array of entrees and after tasting a few, i’d say my favorite was the parpadelle with puttanesca sauce. i didn’t mention the bloody mary’s yet so i have to go back to that one… i’m a little fussy when it comes to these because i like them spicey but i’m not a huge horseradish fan. il paiolo makes one of the best bloody’s i’ve had in a long time. it’s spicy yet smooth and has an addicting salt & pepper rimmed glass. mmm, perfect for a sunday brunch!
there aren’t too many white table cloth places in williamsburg so if you’re looking for a polished kind of spot for a family dinner, date or a girls night out, il paiolo is perfect. alex, the owner, and his wife are always around and take great care of their patrons. il paiolo’s a little gem that luckily found it’s home just a few blocks away from our apartment. be sure to check it out.