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There’s a mini Italian food empire growing in Fort Greene, and the two women leading it brought back from Italy a passion for food and a savvy for business. Beginning with Aita, the rustic Italian eatery on the corner of Greene and Waverly that soon expanded to an adjoining bar called The Mayflower, co-owners Giulia Pelliccioni and Silvia Barban brought authentic Italian dining to the neighborhood and managed to avoid the obvious dishes you’d...
“You Can’t Buy Happiness, But You Can Buy a Bowl of Pasta,” reads the sandwich board outside of LaRina Pastificio & Vino, a Fort Greene newcomer from the Aita team. “And That is Pretty Much the Same Thing.” Our sentiments exactly. And while pro-gluten passions have been running high these past couple of years (thanks largely to locally grown and hand-milled grain enthusiasts like Faro, Gristmill and Brooklyn Bread Lab), it’s a pleasure to see...
In this borough, brunch is attended as religiously as mass: every Sunday, with loved ones, for the good of one’s soul (if soul can be substituted here for hangover). But at base, brunch is an unalloyed self indulgence. Now, BrunchCritic—the company that masterfully caters to that same indulgence with lists of the city’s best brunch destinations by category and neighborhood—gives us the chance to turn brunch into a (mostly) selfless cause. The third ORANGE Brunch Gala, organized by BrunchCritic,...

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