Weekends At Terra Include Brunch All'Italiana Food And Botanical Cocktails

Brunch at Terra, the Rooftop Bar at Eataly in Century City. (Courtesy of Eataly L.A. )

So many brunch spots, so little time. As we head into the warmer months ahead, you have to be choosy about where you enjoy weekend brunch because we are blessed with lots of great options (as evidenced by the fact that there's even a list of musical brunches!).

We interviewed the team behind the new brunch menu at Eataly's rooftop restaurant Terra, to ask why this isn't just another brunch in LA. Here's what they had to say:

There is an endless list of brunch spots in LA. Why should someone venture to Eataly's Terra for brunch?

Eataly L.A.'s Terra brunch menu has a unique Italian twist, all accompanied by breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills. You can relax in our sun-lit lounge while sipping a Bloody Mary made with a fresh blend of Italian cherry and San Marzano tomatoes or you can dine in our outdoor space during a sunny LA weekend. Terra is our ode to the Earth, so most dishes feature simple ingredients cooked on the grill in order to showcase the natural flavors.

If someone hasn't been very experimental with their Italian choices, what are 2-3 items would you suggest them to try?

  • Tonnarelli alla carbonara, because you get all the brunch must-haves (fresh eggs and cured guanciale pork) in a traditional Italian dish.
  • Crespelle della nonna, a soft crepe filled with ricotta and tomato. Need we say more?
  • Pane e marmellata, you may think is simply toast and jam but it's not. The bread is made fresh in-house every day, and among the spreads you'll find gianduja, a Piemontese specialty made of blended cocoa and hazelnuts.

We see a Bloody Mary Bar on the menu. What can you share with us about the cocktail menu?

Terra's brunch cocktail list was designed to incorporate the vast array of Italian amaros and aperitivos that are unique to Eataly, while also reflecting the tastes and preferences of Angelinos. A drink like the "Sole Di Mezzanotte" blends the bitter and sweet of amaro and elderflower liqueur together while getting a Spritz-like lift from soda water. "Primavera in Montenegro" is a fun tiki inspiration that incorporates crowd pleasers like Aperol and gin and layers flavors with orgeat syrup and a kiss of Fernet Branca.

For our [bloody mary] house mix we incorporate a slow grilled soffritto (a mixture of finely chopped carrot, celery, and onion) with whole tomatoes that are juiced in-house. We blend this mixture with Italian staples like Calabrian chili oil, balsamic vinegar and roasted garlic. In addition, our guests can customize their Bloody Mary by adding different salt mixtures (think lemon salt, smoked salt or paprika salt) with a variety of garnishes that have been grilled on our wood-fire grill, such as artichokes, zucchini and shallots.

[Our] favorite brunch item to enjoy with our Bloody Mary is the Cornetto Benedict. Instead of the traditional English muffin, we layer two poached eggs, house made Hollandaise and grilled prosciutto upon a freshly made croissant, or "cornetto" as we say in Italian...

How did the team at Terra create the brunch and its accompanying beverage menu?

There are so many good brunch spots in LA, so our team really had to think about how to distinguish ourselves. Terra, which means "earth" in Italian, has always been about cooking fresh ingredients in an Italian way. We work with so many great producers and our chefs love to play with what's in season. Their challenge is to create dishes that are as faithful to Italy as they are to local farms. So, in the end, we chose to focus our brunch menu three aspects: Italian, local, and fresh.

So if you want an alternative to visiting the Scientology Celebrity Centre for your next brunch, here's the info on how to get to Terra.

Eataly's Terra - Brunch

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Westfield Century City Mall, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. - Google Maps

For more information on Terra's new brunch menu, visit here.