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Brunch Of The Month: Bloody Cheap

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Two dollars makes us holler—for another Bloody Mary!

That’s because the new brunch at Cucina Neighborhood Italian is filled with two-buck drinks, including Mimosas, Bellinis and, of course, that little tomato-vodka cocktail we love so much.

Brunch service just launched a couple weeks ago so it’s still relatively quiet, but that’ll all change once people discover their two great patios, one upstairs and one at street level. Either is perfect for enjoying the beautiful Dallas fall weather and spacious enough for large groups.

There’s free valet right out front or covered garage parking just around the corner, which is a great option if you’re valetphobic like we are.

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Start with the brunch pizza (above), a hefty portion scrambled eggs, Italian sausage, pancetta and arugula atop a nice, just-thin-enough crust. It makes a great appetizer for the table.

But then again, you’ll want to make sure to also order the Fried Tomato Caprese, our favorite non-brunch item to start. This Italian twist on classic southern fried green tomatoes instead utilizes ripe red tomatoes, battered and fried crisp with buffalo mozzarella, basil, pesto, olive oil and balsamic drizzle. It’s one of our favorite bites from any restaurant in the past few months.

A trio of vegetarian frittatas are also good bets. If you’re not in an eggy mood, then you’ll love that the full pasta- and pizza-filled lunch menu is also available.

All brunch items come a la carte, which means potatoes or fruit will tack on an additional five bucks to your tab. We say skip the spuds and get your carb fix via another 2.5 Mimosas for the same price.

Because the only thing we love more than brunch is a beverage bargain.

Thankfully, Cucina offers both.

Cucina Neighborhood Italian
Sunday Brunch, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
8411 Preston Road (SW corner of NW Highway and Preston), Dallas
www.cucinadallas.com

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