With a nod to Italy’s most famous egg dish, the frittata, legendary chef Aldo el Sharif introduces his fresh spin on brunch this Sunday at his new restaurant in the Woodlands area, Aldo’s Cucina Italiana. The festive service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. marks the eatery’s first expansion beyond its ambitious nightly dinner menu.
Aldo’s brunch features the chef’s creative spins on many classics of the genre, including the eggs Benedict pictured above and other dishes upgraded with crabcakes, salmon or filet mignon. Still, the heart of the brunch menu has to be Chef Aldo’s Festa di Frittata, with no fewer than seven variations on the baked omelet-style delicacy beloved in all regions of Italy.
“Brunch is happy,” pronounces el Sharif, clearly aware that champagne cocktails such as bellinis and mimosas will play a role in guests’ brunch experience “It’s up, but it’s also a pleasant way to wind down after Saturday night. I want a brunch where people can sit, have a bite to eat, listen to piano and relax.”
In lieu of the once-omnipresent hotel Sunday brunch harpist, Aldo’s version will feature the lively stylings of Lee Laforge, a combination of Broadway melodies and wonders from the Great American Songbook. A veteran of both Houston’s restaurants and musical theater productions, Laforge has become a popular part of the nightly Aldo’s Cucina Italiana experience.
The Festa di Frittata features the traditional Italian baked egg dish with flavorful touches like shrimp Provencal, prosciutto di Parma, Italian sausage and meatball, grilled chicken and mushroom, even grilled skirt steak. In addition to the brunch menu, each dish served with fresh fruit, baked beans and O’Brien potatoes, a three-course meal chosen from the dinner menu is available for $30.
Reservations for the new Sunday brunch at Aldo’s Cucina Italiana can be made by calling 936.447.9623. For more information, check out the restaurant’s website at www.aldoscucinaitaliana.com.