Checking out new restaurants when they’ve just opened is always an exciting experience. Usually I like to wait a couple of weeks (or sometimes months) for a new restaurant to work out all the kinks (if there are any) before I try it out. I always like to check out the menu first, so I know exactly what I want to order, and then start imagining just how delicious it will be. Dangerous I know, but I like to keep my expectations positive.
Two weekends ago we decided to try out North Italia in Southend. It’s the restaurant’s first location in the Carolina’s and since we love brunch, we decided to give it a try.
The restaurant had opened just a few days before, and the staff was very warm and welcoming from the moment we stepped in through the front doors. Which was a relief because it was absolutely freezing outside!
From the moment we walked into the restaurant I was excited to see what they had in store for us, and before we’d even scanned the menu one more time to be sure of our choices, I was already imagining what it would be like to enjoy a meal on their outdoor patio with it’s red umbrellas imprinted with the restaurants logo.
With two indoor areas to choose from I was glad that they seated us in the booths off of the bar area. It was more intimate and cozy.
We quickly ordered, I went with an allergy free mash up of two different pizzas on the menu, (Who knew that a pizza sauce made of figs would have cream in it?) while my dining companion (aka my mom and partner in all weekend fun) settled on the Burrata dish.
Mash up of the Prosciutto and Margherita Pizzas
The only thing that I would change about this was to add more cheese. I have issues with cow’s milk, but I’m just fine with goat cheese. So it was more like a saucy flatbread. The crust however was Fab-u-lous.
Burrata (w/ date conserva, roasted pistachio, crispy pancetta, arugula, grilled bread)
Bombolini (Italian donuts with Meyer lemon curd and vanilla mascarpone