Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and "fair-to-middling" ability to tranquilize out-of-control mayors. Today's Groupon similarly stuns, and rightfully so: for $15, you get $30 worth of fresh Italian fare at BINO Brooklyn, located in Cobble Hill.
BINO boasts a fresh dinner menu of authentic Italian fare, sure to please returned European travelers and discerning Dante scholars alike. Rev a gastronomic engine with marinated white anchovies with toasted faro and fried leeks ($11) before moving on to a pre-entree salad or pasta course. Plates of garganelli, served with wild-boar bacon, radicchio, pine nuts, white wine, sweet garlic, and rosemary ($17), offer a suitable foundation for heartier main courses, which include options such as braised lamb shank with spring onions and creamy polenta ($21) and grilled salmon ($19). Fill fermented gaps with a selection from the extensive wine menu to round out the meal like a post-Columbus earth.
The intimate neighborhood eatery boasts an atmosphere of understated elegance enhanced by European windows that open out onto the sidewalk, allowing diners to interact with passing satyrs while circulating a pleasant breeze throughout the dining room. The narrow dining room features exposed-brick walls and rich wood accents, creating a cozy atmosphere for a classy brunch of baked eggs loaded with boar bacon, tomato, asiago, and escarole ($11), or a weekend panini ($8+).
Not valid for prix-fixe menu.