Venice: Brunch at Superba Snack Bar
Recently I headed west to Venice to check out Superba Snack Bar for brunch. We got in just in time before they closed the kitchen at 3PM.
It was a bright and sunny day. I was feeling the blood orange mimosa though their cocktails looked pretty good. Next time I’m trying the Superba Sour (Cardamaro, simple syrup, lemon, egg white). We started with a couple of salads including the persimmon salad. It looked like a painting on a plate. It was very pretty. It didn’t look quite large enough for three though so I didn’t try any.
I did however chow down on the black kale salad. I really liked the dressing as well as the bits of jalepeno pickled raisins and pecorino. I was talking to some friends about the no substitutions thing. Substitutions are declined at Superba and quite a few restaurants in town. It doesn’t bother me but I suppose if you have food allergies, if would annoying if you couldn’t ask for something to be left out. For instance, I don’t eat croutons or other really bready things but I just picked them out. I guess it isn’t the same if you’re actually allergic to something. Still, why try to order it then? For the most part, the line is trained to make something a certain way. That dressing may already contain the item you’re allergic to.
I thought it was pretty funny though Superba offers a gluten-free pasta in the the prose about the no substitutions rule on the menu.
My friend had just gone for a run earlier in the day and was more in breakfast mode. She selected the poached eggs on brioche with chestnut honey and ricotta. It sounded delicious but after I got my entree, I had to decline a bite.
I was trying to decide between the fried chicken and the crab melt tartine with Jarlsberg cheese and Old Bay seasoning. It’s a good thing I went with crab because I went to a friend’s house for dinner that night and every dish they ordered contained chicken.
This rich dish definitely hit the spot. It was heavy but I burned off calories by… oh wait, I didn’t burn off any of the calories. Bring on the crab anyway!
I’d like to come back to try the pastas for dinner but as we were leaving, I saw them writing the specials outside and the hearty meat dishes also caught my eye.