There are some unmovable family traditions, like say, preparing an amazing eight course dinner for Thanksgiving (with my favorite spiced cranberry Zinfandel sauce); or always having grumpy grandpa showing up for the aforementioned dinner an hour and seventeen minutes early (no more and no less) each year. I guess that is what makes our family traditions ours.
Well, one of our accidental family traditions is taking a walk with the girls on Sundays in the neighborhood and having grand ideas of either do grocery shopping at a mad packed Trader Joe’s (those in Brooklyn totally understand what I mean) or trying to explore the city to find ourselves frustrated (and obviously hungry) with the service provided by the MTA on the weekends (a very familiar feeling to those of us who depend on the F/G lines).
So somehow we end up, every Sunday, at Enoteca on Court. The Italian pizzeria/restaurant that started a couple of years ago as the little sister of Marco Polo has grown to be a big “girl” on her own merits. With a more casual atmosphere than her “older” sister, it is a place where local parents stop to feed their kids super crispy thin crust pizzas, while they grab a (probably much needed) glass of wine or pint of beer.
Don’t let the narrow front fool you. It is pretty ample in the back and they do have a covered backyard, which is heated in the winter. And you also have the option of eating al fresco, while people watching on Court Street.
They are very kid friendly and do have high chairs. Although they don’t have a kids menu per se, what kid doesn’t like pizza (especially if you tell them that after lunch they could have a Nutella pizza for dessert)? As a bonus, entertainment can be watching the pizzaiolo getting pizzas into the big brick oven from the bar.
Apart from a wide selection of thin crust pizzas, the pasta dishes are really delicious and have nothing to envy Marco Polo’s cooking. If you want to go for something lighter, you should not pass the bruschette (being the spicy ‘Nduja one of our favorite). They have a full bar, in case you need a cocktail instead of that one glass of wine.
They also have (limited) space for strollers and we never had a problem finding a spot to put our folded umbrella one (and even our folded double Phil & Ted’s when we used to walk around with it). And to make this even better, they have a $5 beer with free mini pizza at the bar. You can beat that; hence, our Sunday tradition.
Enoteca On Court only has a single restroom which is pretty clean and it does have a changing table. In the event that there is a line and your little one can’t really wait, they might graciously direct you to Marco Polo, which is next door (and a flight down).
Enoteca on Court
347 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Monday – Thursday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 12:00pm – 12:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm