October 20, 2013 | Posted in:Brunch
My last few visits to Prato have been for brunch. The substantial weekday lunch menu is expanded on the weekends to offer Colazione, which is Italian for breakfast.
The most recent addition to the breakfast options is the Rosemary-Brown Butter Waffles with Heirloom Apples and Bacon-Candied Walnuts. The tender waffles had a nice texture and showcased the apples with a light crème anglaise. The predominate flavor of the dish was pleasingly apple, not spices or sweetness. It would be easy to enjoy the waffles solo and they made a very nice plate to share, balancing out our savory selections.
My dining companion and I also ordered the small plates of the Potato Gnocchi and Butternut Squash Agnolotti. The Potato Gnocchi featured lots of nice Alba mushrooms, which have a substantial meaty texture. Local corn provided pops of sweetness that the garlic chives counterbalanced.
We lucked out and arrived as the chef was hand forming the last of the Butternut Squash Agnolotti. Watching the hand filled pasta getting the finishing touches really brought home the attention put into each dish at Prato.
While the pasta was beautiful to look at, I assure you it tastes even better than it looks.
The Sage-Brown Butter sauce is a light and velvety accompaniment to the Agnolotti. The filling is Butternut Squash mixed with ricotta and provides a more savory note that you might expect. Spiced pepitas (toasted pumpkjn deeds) and plump currants round out the dish with pleasing textures and layers of flavor. This is my third time enjoying this particular version of the Butternut Squash Agnolotti and somehow it keeps getting better. The lunch menu is available Wednesday-Sunday 11:30AM-3:00PM, with breakfast additions available on Saturday and Sunday. While you may luck out and stumble upon an open table, reservations are strongly recommended.
124 N Park Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
Late Night Menu Available After 11 PM
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