So recently I came to Frasca for brunch. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of wait time and the actual cuisine. I ordered the oatmeal pancakes, which totally hit the spot! Bottomless mimosas are available (which sound great in theory, but I would assume bad in practice). Nevertheless, a nice new addition to the brunch rotation!
Location – 3358 N. Paulina (Paulina, Roscoe, Lincoln)
In one word – Leisurely
Food – Come for Italian small plates. We ordered a small plate of olives with oranges. It was pretty good, though my eating partner and I agreed that the olives at avec are better. We then shared the caponata pizza, with eggplant, artichokes, goat cheese and red peppers. It was enjoyable but a little too messy for my liking.
Drink – It was warm out, so we ate al fresco and drank white wine. Perfection! I had the pinot bianco. The wine list is impressive.
Service – Our server did not really know about white wine, but other than that, everything was fine. She recommended a chardonnay when we asked for a light white wine. Even I know that’s wrong. The manager came by to check on us during the meal, which I always appreciate. Without a reservation, we only had to wait 20 minutes to sit outside on a Friday night.
Occasion – You’ll see a mix of overly adorable West Lakeview families, dates and girls commiserating over not having dates.
Dress – Look cute, you could sport a dress. However, if you show up in jeans, you wouldn’t stand out.
Cost – For our shared appetizer, pizza and beverages, we each paid $30.
If you like, try…avec, Quartino