• Brunch in the Boken: The New {Otto Strada} Brunch Menu

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    Take a walk past midtown Washington Street and a left on 8th, and you will find yourself passing by a small little Italian eatery called Otto StradaIt’s an adorable little BYOB dinner spot {more about dinner at OS here}, and off-the-beaten-path, which is always a nice change of Hoboken pace. While Mother’s Day brunch and other special occasion brunches happen occasionally, I was very excited to learn and try the new Otto Strada brunch menu with some other bloggers recently — chock full of your favorite morning specialties, with an Italian twist.

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    The new BRUNCH menu!

    When you first look at the menu, you may be a little overwhelmed {in a good way}. Lots of options, all keep with traditional Italian fare. Luckily, we were able to try a few of the appetizers, to break it down for you a bit more:

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    First app we tried.

    Primo — the Insalata Di Frutta Con Sapore Di Limone {berries and bananas coated with a hint of limoncello [an Italian lemon-flavored liquor] and fresh mint + vanilla lemon yogurt sauce with panettone croustons}. I’m a HUGE fan of all things lemon-flavored, and the yogurt and berries were delicious — especially coated in a light bit of limoncello and mint. Definitely a GO. Also pictured above is some blueberry tea, which was very light and refreshing. They have espresso + coffee, but I stay away from caffeine {and they don’t have decaf}, so we just opted for tea + OJ.

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    An assortment of apps on the menu to taste.

    Secondi — these normally are served separately from eachother, but it was a great sampling to taste. In this pic: Insalata di Cavolo Verde e Mela {chopped kale, sliced apples, crispy pancetta, radicchio, walnuts, and EVOO served with a maple champagne vinaigrette}. I couldn’t try this because of the walnuts {I’m allergic} — but my brunch date said it was delicious, and he’s usually not a big fan of salads, ha ha. On this plate was also the Crostini Con Salmone {toasted bread, topped with cream cheese, greek yogurt, and lemon spread, topped with smoked salmon and capers}. For the bagels and lox lover, this is PERFECT. I loved it. To the left of the salmon crostini was my faaaavorite, the Crostini Con Nutella {toasted bread covered with Nutella, roasted hazelnuts, a roasted banana and drizzled with caramel and powdered sugar}. Oh my gawd. 5 Stars.

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    Italian Sushi. YES. You heard correctly.

     

    Terzo — Italian SUSHI. Such a unique twist on “sushi” — mind you there is no fish in this, just Asparagus, Goat Cheese, Walnuts, fresh herbs with roasted red peppers wrapped in prosciutto. Make sure you ask to hold the walnuts if you’re allergic!  Things I also want to try on this part of the menu next time: Inside Out Calzone and the Pannettone French Toast. Doesn’t that sound ridic?

     

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    My main course.

    I know, we didn’t even get to the main course yet. They were pretty good too {although I will say I was a bigger fan of the small plates — much more fun to share!}. I got the Frittata di Asparagi {topped with basil pesto + parmesan} and my date got the Panino Con Uovo di Patate. Both were tasty, but I would make sure to ask them to go easy on the olive oil with my dish… I know olive oil is good for the Italian soul, however. Usually the more the merrier but on a fritatta it can be a bit overwhelming. Still, it was delicious!

    Still NEED to try: the Breakfast Lasagna {Sausage Strada on the menu}, the brick oven pizza breakfast-style with eggs and other fun breakfast toppings.

    Overall: if you’ve been jonesing for a new brunch spot but are tired of the usual eggs + benedict that you can find at most Hoboken joints, Otto Strada is your spot. The menu is hip, creative, and delicious. And next time, MUST bring some champs, since it’s BYOB! You can easily make mimosas since they have orange juice. A wonderful little neighborhood restaurant that has been needing a great brunch menu— and it’s been created!

    Buon Appetito! 


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.


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