Brunch, jazz mingle at Mediterraneo

Since it’s opening in November, Mediterraneo of White Plains – in the heart of the city’s downtown – has garnered a reputation for serving as a go-to spot for a special evening out. With its sleek decor and excellent food – not to mention the eye-catching architecture of the building itself – that reputation is much deserved.

Still, it’s probably safe to assume that when diners ponder where to enjoy their Sunday brunch, they probably don’t immediately think of Mediterraneo.

That mindset may soon see a change, however, as the restaurant at 189 Main St. rolls out its Sunday Jazz brunch. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., diners can take advantage of a new menu. Created by executive chef Albert DeAngelis, the brunch menu blends his coastal Mediterranean and Northern Italian roots with local foods and flavors. Mid-morning and early-afternoon diners can relish a variety of brunch staples and unexpected delights, like lemon avocado toast with smoked salmon, sliced strip steak and scrambled eggs, an egg white frittata with mushrooms and brioche French toast.

And don’t forget the bottomless Mimosa or Bloody Mary cocktail specials.

WAG savored an octopus salad, lightly dressed and expertly cooked, on a recent morning visit. After polishing that off, we sampled a wood-fired breakfast pizza, which came topped with prosciutto ham and chopped tomato. A sunny-side-up egg added a pleasant breakfast flair to our slices.

A lump crab cake dish proved to be one of our favorites, though, with poached eggs and crispy black truffle zucchini, drizzled in a flavorful citrus hollandaise. 
           

Though our food was mouthwatering, the true star of the morning’s meal was the music. Courtesy of the Albert Rivera Jazz Band and its excellent saxophone and keyboard skills, we enjoyed upbeat jazz as we nibbled our dishes. The refreshing strains served as both an appropriate soundtrack to – and entertainment during – our meal.

For more, visitzhospitalitygroup.com.

Aleesia Forni

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