Bocce Bar Brunch: Cool Off With a Feast and Bottomless Prosecco

The weekend is coming and it's going to be a hot one. It's too muggy to go for a walk, too humid for a picnic, and even too steaming for the beach. What you need is a nice leisurely Sunday brunch. One where you and your friends can sip on endless glasses of prosecco as you graze on various meats, cheeses, salads, pastas, and sweets. You need Bocce Bar's Sunday brunch.

The Midtown Italian restaurant, under the supervision of chef Nunzio Fuschillo, offers a generous brunch with seemingly endless amounts of food for only $34 per person ($15 for kids). For an additional $15, you'll also get bottomless prosecco.

Chef Nunzio, as he likes to be called, says that his vision for brunch is to create a family from friends. Although that may seem like a very Italian concept, Chef Nunzio explains that, although the sentiment of family is very Italian, brunch is not. "The truth is, we don’t have brunch in Italy, so I “learned” it here and since it’s all about fun and relaxing. I’m now a big fan! Bocce's brunch is based on an endless antipasti station full of the Mediterranean diet of fresh vegetables, cheese and seafood that's so wonderful for your heart and mind. It's healthy, clean food like oven roasted carrots, cauliflower, beets, ricotta, anchovies, shrimp salad, and foods rich in olive oil. Then guests can move on to an entree like pasta bolognese with short rib sauce, or an omelet they create themselves, and of course unlimited prosecco."

While the chef might not have been brought up with brunch, he's certainly doing it right. For one price, you'll get unlimited antipasti, custom omelettes, and all the desserts you can eat. If that's not enough, you'll also choose the brunch entree of your choice from an ever changing selection of pastas, pizzas, pancakes, and soups.  

The pastas, by the way, are made with sauce from heirloom tomatoes grown in Homestead. Mozzarella cheese is hand pulled, and vegetables are locally sourced. Miami New Times was invited to try the brunch, where we feasted on a multitude of items.

Pizzas come straight from the wood-fired oven, where most items are baked.

Antipasti include traditional Italian items, like these anchovies.

A variety of salads made with local vegetables are available.

Of course, save room for dessert which includes lemon ricotta cookies, Italian pastries, and assorted cakes.

Bocce Bar's brunch is served Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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