At the constant urging of my family, who stumbled across this gem on a recent trip to NYC, we finally went to ‘Patricia’s Pizza and Pasta’ in Brooklyn. There are hardly words to describe how amazing this meal was, but I will try my best.
We set off on foot heading towards the Williamsburg Bridge, where we knew Patricia’s was hiding. Upon arriving, we were told there would be a 5 minute wait, and were immediately given complimentary glasses of wine to appease us. A free glass of red wine is ALWAYS appreciated in my book, so things were already looking good. We looked around at the scene while waiting, and noted the big Italian influence at Patricia’s. Not only, in the language spoken by the staff, but in the loud, jovial, family-style atmosphere that surrounded us. This is definitely not a quiet date-night spot, but if you’re looking for good food and a hearty meal, this is a winner. I’ll tell you why…
With our free wine in hand, we were soon seated and handed a menu and given a bread basket that came with a small bowl of dipping oil. Bread and oil seem simple enough right? Little did I know, I was about to experience the softest, most delicious home-made bread (I would describe as a softer ciabatta), and the most flavorful, well-spiced oil I have ever had. I was getting excited.
As we were perusing the menu, a waiter placed a personal pizza on our table. Thinking there must be some mistake, we tried to explain that we hadn’t yet ordered, to which the waiter told us this was complimentary as well. Is this place for real?
We should have taken the above as a warning that this place doesn’t mess around when it comes to portion size, yet we proceeded to order two appetizers, a salad, and two entrees, plus end-of-meal espresso. We had no idea what we were getting into.
Our first appetizer was the ‘Fried Ravioli’.
In my hometown, we serve a similar appetizer called ‘Toasted Ravioli’. A title which makes people feel better about eating them, but is even more deeply-fried than the ravioli we received at Patricia’s. It’s a regional novelty, so seeing this appetizer in Brooklyn, made me feel close to home. The ravioli pictured above were cheese-filled, freshly made, and came with a killer marinara sauce.
Our next appetizer was ‘Calamari’ but not the fried variety that I’m used to. They were served in a spicy red pepper sauce and were easily the best calamari I’ve ever had.
After enjoying this dish for a good 20 minutes and realizing we hadn’t even made a dent in it, we were forced to ask the waiter to pack it up for us so we wouldn’t stuff ourselves before the main course arrived.
Along with our appetizers came the ‘Arugula Salad’, which I should have ordered as my main entree. It was fresh with a crunch from the fennel, and HUGE. This we ended up packing to take home as well.
Finally, our entree’s arrived. We hardly had room for them after the unexpected starter feast. However, we took one for the team and dug in.
Boyf ordered the ‘Spaghetti and Meatballs’, knowing that old-school Italian places often have their own family recipes for traditional and simple dishes such as this one.
It’s suffice to say, that this dish did not disappoint. It was a sight to see, with its huge meatballs and neatly stacked spaghetti and was an absolute delight to taste.
Having heard good things about their pizza, I ordered the ‘Parma Pizza’ which came with prosciutto di parma, mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula, and parmigiano.
Do I even need to say that the majority of these entree’s were packed up for the next night’s dinner as well?
We left with 3 more bags in-hand than when we had arrived and were glad for the 15 minute walk home, even if it was 30 degrees out.
Next time we visit Patricia’s (and there WILL be a next time), we will order more cautiously knowing now of the monster-sized portions they serve. Also, I don’t want to end this post without mentioning how accommodating and attentive the staff was at Patricia’s. Their genuine and helpful attitudes really helped make the meal even better.
Overall, we had a delicious meal and pleasant time and will definitely be going back. If we’re ever hungry again…