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Somebody's Mom: Terra Rustica

Terra Rustica, a Briarcliff Manor breakfast place with lunch and dinner potential.

Somebody's Mom: Terra Rustica Somebody's Mom: Terra Rustica

The more restaurant breakfast reviews I do, the more I realize how many restaurants are open only for lunch and dinner. When venturing out to a new area, I search first for places to eat. Example: diners, cafes and restaurants. 

Then the list gets dwindled down by who actually serves breakfast. I am happy to visit anyplace tiny and cozy or large and intimidating. The most important factors for me, besides the food, are service from my waiter/waitress and the surrounding feelings of comfort. 

When walking into , it didn’t have the look of a typical breakfast place  because it isn’t. But this did not make the atmosphere any less enjoyable. 

Sitting at a table by the window, Mela commented on the lounge look with, “First time during breakfast that I was seated in the direction of so many wine bottles lined up against the wall.” For a great diversion though, we checked out the art work on all the tables, each one features a difference scene or design.

The coffee was strong but smooth and flavorful. Our server, Marcus Alvares, from Sleepy Hollow, and the busboys were top notch. Our coffee cups never got less than half way before we were offered refills.  

Marcus never even flinch when I ordered one slice of whole wheat toast for Mela, and one slice of rye toast for me. The breakfast menu had plenty of options and in addition offered out of the ordinary breakfast choices. 

We chose the Walnut Waffle with real maple syrup and a Spinach, Tomato, Onion and Feta egg white Frittata with potatoes and bacon on the side. The waffle was cooked perfectly, light on the inside, crispy on the outside with just the right amount of chopped walnuts. 

Our bacon was crispy and the potatoes were not the usual home fries but roasted potato wedges. 

The frittata was deliciously bursting with flavor, and the spinach was fresh, not frozen, while the feta was subtle and not overbearing. My only slight disappointment was no real butter to be had for our toast.    

We were very happy to say the least.

Mela and I agreed that if the venue for breakfast was an indicator of the quality of service and good food that Terra Rustica had, we definitely wanted to look into this place for a lunch or dinner in the near future!

The bill was $41.92 without tip, but considering we added on extra items it all evened out in the end.

Terra Rustica 
550 North State Rd. 
Briarcliff Manor
914-923-8300
www.terrarusticaristorante.com

 Mariann Raftery, creator of  Somebody's Mom blog, cooks up comfort food recipes for families here at home, as well as sending homemade cookie care packages to our American soldiers overseas. Somebody's Mom Cooking videos at   http://www.youtube.com, search "Thesomebodysmom".

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