Atlanta never ceases to amaze me.
The food options are endless and the menus constantly changing. You would need 12 stomachs and a lifetime to eat your way through the city!
I know what you’re thinking: Portofino is an Italian restaurant, they don’t serve brunch.
Oh contraire my dears, they do, and only once a month if you are a few of the lucky ones who can make it in!
We went on a peculiarly warm day so I decided to dress like summer since it was hovering around 70 degrees that day. I wore a JCrew White Eyelet skirt from summer, a plaid popover, my favorite booties and an Anthropologie belt I picked up on sale.
Much like the betting slips of paper used to order at Bartaco, you fill out a slip of paper to create your own Bloody Mary and hand it off to your waiter.
Shortly thereafter he brought back our creations: a regular Bloody Mary for me with Tito’s vodka, black volcano salt, bacon, and garnished with a radish, olive and peperoncini pepper.
When asked what we wanted to start with we had a difficult time narrowing it down to just one thing, so we decided to try the lot: apple walnut muffins, buttermilk biscuits, the duck leg hot pot and warm goat cheese. If I were to redo this entire brunch again I would order the duck leg hot pot and the warm goat cheese and combine them both.
The biscuits were delicious and fluffy topped with speck and warm apple butter, the whole combination melted in your mouth. The apple muffins were amazing! I would love to snack on those with a warm cup of coffee on a cold day. With hardly a moment to rest in between, our entrees came out in a flurry of dishes and pleasant waiters.
Two of us got the Duck Benedict while the others got the Grilled Lamb Leg and the Fettucine Carbonara. We shared a side of tuscan potato hash and panzanella, which is like an Italian savory bread pudding. The presentation was beautiful. Each plate filled with rich color and plated as if it were going to be photographed for Garden & Gun. But we had to dig in, our eyes weren’t going to be the only things feasting on the meal!
I absolutely adore eggs benedict, it’s one of my favorite dishes and this one is up there with best eggs benedict in Atlanta. I love Portofino’s spin on the classic benedict with the addition of the duck. The hollandaise was deliciously thick and paired nicely against the tartness of the tomatoes.
It was a wonderful Brunch from the Bloody Mary’s and up to the delicious entrees we finished with. I highly recommend getting the duck leg hot pot, the truffled goat cheese spread and the eggs benedict. Another fun fact is that all of their produce is locally sourced, so you’re helping the local Atlanta community when you eat here as well.
We paid for our food sins by walking up the street and around the East Andrews block popping into stores here and there and window shopping at the Antique Silver store.
It was a lovely afternoon made even more eggs-celent by a delicious brunch at Portofino! If you want to attend one of their pop-up brunches they only occur every second Sunday of the month from 11:30-2pm! You can find them here online and at 3199 Paces Ferry Place, Atlanta.