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Flavours of Liguria
Although East Williamsburg’s new restaurant Fitzcarraldo fortunately bears no fictional resemblance to the famed Warner Herzog film of the same name (in which an obsessed impresario treks into the deep jungles of South America), it does claim to take at least a few design cues from the motion picture – you could say it was Brooklyn opera house meets Peruvian jungle chic, with its simple wood and tile fit-out and scattered greenery.
Luckily too, this new effort from Henry Rich and Julian Brizzi (Rucola) takes its culinary influence miles away from the wilderness, with a focus firmly rooted in Liguria, a region of Italy often overlooked in favour of the cuisines from neighbouring Piedmont and Tuscany.
Its location within the neighbourhood’s 3rd Ward centre, a 25,000 sq ft complex of studios and galleries, means Fitzcarraldo is both a convenient as well as a delicious sup spot for hip locals and visitors alike, and its easy all-day menu makes for fuss-free, market-driven indulgences from breakfast to late night. Put together by chef Vinny Campos, the offerings focus on locally-sourced, veggie-based, and Italian-inspired – there’s soft scrambled eggs and pastries at breakfast, a fava bean mint soup and ramps with smoked almond pesto at lunch, and marinated fluke and Rhode Island stuffed squid on the dinner table, but it all rotates on seasonal availability. Market fresh!