On a chilly winter morning, we stumbled out of bed, threw on some comfortable clothes, and headed out for brunch.
Becoming somewhat of a Saturday morning tradition, heading out for a good warm comfort-food type meal is the perfect way to kick off the weekend. Of course we have our favourite go-to spots, but this time we were in the mood for something different. Luckily, Bocce just released its new brunch menu and our taste buds were eager to give it a try.
We grabbed a corner table and started off with beverages.
Cups of warm early grey to take the chill away,
And a few spirits to add a bit of warmth.
Originally ordering the mimosa, Cole later switched to the house special, a peach Bellini. Both are perfect options to take your brunch game up a notch and the ladies table beside us was ordering them up like crazy.
But of course, the food is what we all really care about. With a bunch of great menu items, we selected the three best-sounding dishes and dug in.
Starting with La Frittata.
A bed of egg, cooked in a warm deep dish frying pan, and loaded up with rapini, mushrooms, Italian ham, mozzarella, olives, and truffle oil. Paired of course, with a few slices of garlic-parm for scooping.
And, a side pot of sweet house-made chilli oil.
Next, out came the Eggs Diablo.
Hot, in more ways than one. Served in a warm pan that’s fresh from the oven, this spicy dish featured two eggs smothered in a bath of spicy Pomodoro sauce, speckled with fresh jalapeños, dosed in chilli oil, and paired with soft fingerling potatoes and melted fontina cheese.
I’m not usually a fan of spicy dishes, but this one was probably my favourite dish of the meal. We added some crumbled calabrese sausage to make it just that much more hearty, and happily dunked piece after piece of the garlic bread into it.
And what comes after savoury and spicey? Of course, something sweet.
Our final dish of our feast was the Italian Toast.
A take on French toast (a brunch menu staple), Bocce’s dish featured an egg dipped panettone (aka Christmas fruit bread), covered in a wild blueberry sauce, and topped with heaps of mascarpone cream, shredded pear, and flecks of pancetta.
Super sweet and mouth-wateringly delicious, the blueberries are fresh and full of flavour and they mix well with the flecks of fruit in the bread. And the entire thing comes drizzled in maple syrup.
If you’ve got a hankering for sweets, this is the dish for you.
We did our best to polish off the three dishes, but I’ll admit we took on a bit more than we could chew. We came pretty close though!
I would definitely recommend giving Bocce a try. The space is bright and colourful, and the food is perfect for those cold mornings we keep having.
While I can’t speak to the other menu items, our brunch was fabulous and we will definitely be back!
Grab a few friends and head on down to Bocce, located at the corner of 22 Ave & 4th Street S.W.
The making of this post was sponsored by Bocce, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Each dish was hearty and flavourful, a testament to the fresh ingredients they use.