63 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.687154 -73.976089
Neighborhoods: Fort Greene
Great ambience and even better food! – My friends and I were looking for a new brunch spot to round out the weekend. Loved it. There was a live band, unlimited bellini's, yummy healthy portions of food, quick service and good fun - all for under $20. We stayed for the whole brunch span loading up on bellini's and chatting away with our neighboring tables. Everyone seemed to know each other and that gave it a good feel. I've been there twice since then and plan to go again this weekend. See you there!
Best Grilled Calamari Salad in NYC!! – I really could have their Grilled Calamari Salad every day and never be tired of it! It is excellent!!!
Superbly satisfying – I've been going to Scopello for years. It's a cool spot. The food is always good and the ambiance easygoing and welcoming. Great place to unwind after work and catch up with friends.
A Treasure – I was at Scopello a few days ago for a dinner party and what a gorgeous place! The food was spectacular! We had grilled calamari, octopus with vegetables, and some short fresh pasta with mushrooms and sausage that was truly divine! The ravioli was some of the best I have ever tasted and after trying the organic lamb and the fish that were served, I knew I had found a new favorite. You are a treasure! I will be back.
Nothing exceptional if you are used to eating proper fresh Italian cousine – I wanted to experience this restaurant because of the positive reviews I saw on the internet, however, I was quite disappointed after eating there. For starters many dishes are not authentic Sicilian (as I am from Palermo) many of them come with the italian name and with a mixture of Italian ingridients, however, added by the owner's own imaginative touches which some may argue are bizarre. The basic bread is tasteless and the olive oil used of cheap quality. Again, if you think this is proper Sicilian cousine then you have all a lot too learn...I did not get a feeling of experiencing Scopello as the music theme was ''loungy'' and wanna-be trendy so it absorbed some of the decor more ''paesano'' feel...For all of you out there, here this is NYC you can do much better!
The vibrant flavors of Sicily and dramatic decor makes this a destination for post-BAM noshing. – In Short
Named after a hilltop Sicilian town, this Fort Greene restaurant is done up in the colors of a blazing sunset, fiery reds and soothing yellows. A sculpture of a ram's head overlooks the cool crowd, whose own climbing experience is limited to stairs in a brownstone. The menu honors the region's rusticism in dishes like sardines stuffed with bread crumbs, pine nuts and raisins, organically fed leg of lamb and, for dessert, homemade treats like cassatelle, fried dough stuffed with ricotta.
Charming and Authenitic – I've eaten at Scopello quite a few times now, and I have to say that they're probably the best Italian restaurant I've been to. It's interesting to see the changing specials-- to get a little taste of Sicily in many new dishes. The food is incredibly flavorful, and there is such a large variety, that everyone can find something they will love. They are vegetarian friendly as well, which is wonderful.The owner and manager are both friendly, and very charming with their Sicilian accents. One thing that strikes me is that there are so many regular customers-- the crew at Scopello know them by name, know what they drink, and know what they order. What's even better, though, is that those who are not yet regulars get treated as though they are or soon will be. The whole atmosphere of the place makes it seem like a close-knit family, and it's just an overall great experience to dine there.
great drink specials – the drink specials at the bar are all fabulous, try the guidaloca, which is alot like a caipirinha but with white wine. the daily specials are delicious and fairly priced. some other favorites include the breaded chicken breast, the pesto gnocchi and the beef carpaccio. the desserts are good and the espresso is the way it should be, which is unusual in a city where they can't seem to make the espresso properly. one of the best restuarants in fort greene by far.
good food and service – i live in fort greene and i regularly dine at scopello. i love the food and the people are nice. they know about food and wine. its a nice authentic relaxed place. the presentation of the food is always great and the prices are fair. the menu changes seasonally so i never get bored of the food, even after 5 years that i have been dining there. i disagree with citrus-y criticism. i really love scopello.
Top Italian Quality and Great Value With Flair and Without Attitude – If you haven't been to Scopello yet, do yourself a favor and try it soon. Don't save it for a special occasion: everything is right, including the prices, to have a truly enjoyable experience now and then, or more. I've been eating regularly at Scopello since it opened some four years ago. This is Italian food with a twist or two which really works. And I should know, being Italian myself. The place has great and relaxed atmosphere whereby you feel right at home. To begin, have one of the great carpaccios on the summer menu - - beef, octopus or tuna, they're all good, and so is the deliciously cytrusy arugula / artichoke / parmigiano salad. Follow with any of the day's special raviolis or other home made pasta dishes, and you won't be disappointed. Oh and the pesto gnocchi, please! If you are like me, though, you should not order the spaghetti without asking that they be truly "al dente", and mind you, the Carbonara sauce's a bit too salty. Entrees I really like include the lamb, tuna and chicken dishes, but everything else on the menu is deliciously prepared and attractively presented. Pair the food with one of the wines on the list and your experience will be complete. And don't forget to take time before or after dinner to enjoy the great atmoshere and lovely cocktails at this very popular bar.
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