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Saraghina

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Address: 435 Halsey St (Lewis Avenue)
City: Brooklyn, NY
Zip: 11216
Phone: (718) 5740010
Hours:
MONDAY - FRIDAY:
BREAKFAST 8AM - 12PM
LUNCH 12PM - 4PM
MID-DAY MENU 4PM-6PM
DINNER 6PM - 11PM
BAR 6PM - 11PM

SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
BRUNCH 10AM - 4PM
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Cuisine: Pizza
2nd Cuisine: Italian
Area: Bedford Stuyvesant
Payment: Cash only

Review:

On an unassuming corner in Bedford Stuyvesant you will find Saranghina, kind of an underground pizza joint with a real hipster feel.   The space is a cross between an old farmhouse and turn-of-the century factory with chunky wooden beams and bulky tables.  There are actually three separate dining areas, including a full bar.  

People tend to gravitate toward the pizzas and wine which are plentiful here.  And with good reason.  Pizzas emerged from the kitchen piping hot with a nice thick crust.  Toppings ranging from fresh mozzarella with roasted artichokes, hot coppa and fresh basil to prosciutto with sauteed cremini mushrooms.  Pies start at $12, up to $18, which is important to know since the Saraghina only accepts cash.

We stopped in for Sunday brunch and the place was hopping.   The menu includes things like ricotta pancakes and French toast with fresh berries along with scones and muffins (Plans are in the works for a bakery across the street.).  Or choose something a bit more savory like steak and eggs.  I was in the mood for a nice fat burger, and thoroughly enjoyed Saraghina's house version ($14) topped with roasted tomatoes and caramelized onions on a brioche bun.  It came with a side of crunchy fries that I had a hard time keeping to myself.  My son tried the Marinaio ($11), a fish lover's dream.  The sandwich was bursting at the seams with fried shrimp and calamari.   My wife opted for a Cubano salad ($10); a mix of greens, avocado, goat cheese and walnuts which was in need of a bit more pizzazz.

Saraghina also offers a nice selection of craft beers, including Italian imports like the Peroni and Menabrea pale lager.  There's also a full wine list, also with an Italian bent.  Traditional Italian desserts like tiramisu and panna cotta are also on the menu.

What I liked most about Saraghina was that instant neighborhood feel the moment you walk through the door, melting pot or sorts and an indication of just how far Bed-Stuy has come.  But with real estate prices in the area soaring, I'm hoping it can manage to keep that feel.



Review By: Thomas Rafael


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