Michelin-Starred Chef Soars at Bevacco Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights

Chef Antonio Morichini brings the craft he refined at Michelin-starred restaurants in Rome to the first spring season at Bevacco, a new Italian restaurant in Brooklyn Heights.

In the Sicilian dialect, “bevacco” is a simple and convivial gathering place. Here that word translates as a friendly, informal restaurant where guests can cool their heels or indulge their appetites in the true European tradition of all-day service.

Neighbors, tourists and– as a recent spotting of actress Anne Hathaway demonstrates–celebrities are making their way to the corner of Cranberry and Henry Streets for Bevacco’s industrial-chic vibe and flavorful cooking.

Bevacco is the most ambitious venture of owners Peter Sclafani and Kristen Hallett, who designed the interior themselves. The husband and wife team also own Brooklyn’s Provini, Bar Toto and Bar Tano.

Burrata with panzanella salad, arugula and basil oil.
Burrata with panzanella salad, arugula and basil oil.

Chef Morichini’s spring menu reflects his experience at one-star Michelin rated restaurants Il Convivio Troiani, Glass Hostaria and Acquolina. All pastas and desserts are house made. Dishes such as Crema di Piselli e Capesante (warm green pea puree with scallops and lavender oil) and Tagliolini al Nero di Sepia (black ink pasta with shrimp, artichoke, mint and pecorino) evoke a spring night in Rome. Market-driven additions will grace the menu as spring moves into summer.

At the bar, edgy cocktails express a contemporary sensibility while a discerning list of Italian wines, beers, liquori and amari represent the traditional. Mixing muddled strawberries, white rum, elderflower liqueur, lime juice basil and cherry bark vanilla, manager and mixologist Loris Pignoletti’s Dolce Vita cocktail distills spring and the pleasure of Bevacco into a glass.

From Manhattan, Bevacco is the first subway stop in Brooklyn and is a short walk from one of New York City’s most romantic spots, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. For reservations, call 718-624-1444. Bevacco is located at 60 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY.