From an Italian take on the typical “bacon, egg, and cheese” in Connecticut to a crave-worthy fondue in Switzerland, here’s what the Gotham team ate around the world recently….
Open-Face Croque Monsieur at Tartine Bakery & Cafe (San Francisco, CA).“Tartine Bakery & Cafe in San Francisco is legendary for good reason. While their morning buns may get all the attention, their open-face croque monsieur was near perfect with its creamy bechamel, salty ham, and the surprise addition of tomato. Too bad I have to fly across the country to get it.”–Juliet Izon
Zucchini Pasta at Lo Scoglio (Massa Lubrense, Italy).“Lunch overlooking the water at Lo Scoglio in Massa Lubrense on the Amalfi Coast is still one of my favorite meals. The zucchini pasta was absolutely delicious, and, of course, the view made everything taste even better!”–Casey Brennan
Fondue at Chesa al Parc (St. Moritz, Switzerland). “My first experience with fondue at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz completely spoiled me and still has me thinking of winter even with summer around the corner. As I twirled cuts of cured meats, little potatoes, and bread into a pot of cheese (a dreamy trio of melted gruyère, vacherin, and emmental), the meal only got better with views of snow-capped mountains from the sun-filled dining room.” –Bao Ong
Surtido Chanchullero at El Chanchullero (Havana, Cuba). “Perhaps one of Havana’s best under-the-radar but always-packed spots, this tapas bar seems like it’s right out of the always-bustling East Village. Only serving what’s fresh, in-season, and available, the menu can change on a daily basis, but what’s always consistent is this signature namesake dish featuring four different types of perfectly char-grilled sausages (from mild to extra hot) among pan con tomate. Trust me when I say that you’ve never tasted pork like this before.”–Francesca Conlin
Pimento Cheese Sandwich at Gryphon Tea Room (Savannah, GA). “There are so many delicious American cities I love, but if there is one place I wish I could steal and place in New York so that I could visit it weekly, it would have to be the Gryphon Tea Room, which is part of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. The ambiance is elegant but modern, and the pimento cheese sandwich had me at first bite.” –Madina Papadopoulos
General Tso Cauliflower and Vegan Fatty Noodles at Little Fatty (Los Angeles, CA). “Between the super-inventive and well-balanced cocktails at accompliceand the Taiwanese food at its sister restaurant next door, Little Fatty, Mar Vista is where it's at. Don't sleep on the General Tso cauliflower and vegan fatty noodles!” –Cindy Augustine
Porchetta e Uovo at Cotto Wine Bar (Stamford, CT). “A small city in Connecticut is an unsuspecting place for superb Italian food, but Cotto Wine Bar is as authentic as they come. Sure, their handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and creamy burratas are to-die-for, but go here for brunch, when you can try a unique Italian twist on an American a.m. staple—bacon, egg, and cheese—in the form of Cotto’s porchetta e uovo. Like its stateside counterpart, the hearty dish can easily act as a hangover cure with its homemade Roman-style pork belly (porchetta) topped with fresh mozzarella, and finished off with a sunny-side egg (uovo) on top. Cotto’s cute ambiance—situated down a quiet side street with garden-style seating at tables decked with red and white tablecloths outside or among vintage Italian black-and-white photos and quaint brick walls inside—is truly reminiscent of a local Roman haunt.” –Cait Rohan Kelly