SERRA ALPINA BY BIRRERIA: NOT JUST A PRETTY SPACE!
Situated high atop the iconic Eataly NYC Flatiron is a tiny piece of the Italian Countryside, SERRA ALPINA by Birreria. This gorgeous winter wonderland, with cascading winterized leaves hanging from its ceiling and many tiny twinkle lights illuminating the room, is part of the rotating “pop-ups” that will live in this ‘greenhouse’ space, changing with the seasons.
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SERRA ALPINA by Bierreria is a cozy slice of Northern Italy, right in the middle of New York. The look and feel was inspired by the Stella Alpina, a rare flower found in the Italian Alps across Northern Italy, with rustic tables, flannel blankets, furry rugs and breathtaking views of the city skyline. The restaurant is perfect for dinner with friends, family or a loved one, with delicious and shareable dishes.
The menu is an approachable, down-to-earth selection of dishes using some of the highest quality and locally sourced ingredients, staying to true to their greenhouse concept. The chefs took the cold-weather into consideration when crafting the menu, compiling a variety of warming dishes including rich pasta plates and hearty braised meats. The menu is informative, calling out items that contain their well-known warm and melty cheeses, as well as giving accolades to their local producers and their products such as New England Charcuterie from Waltham, MA serving Salame and Sauage, Wild Hive Farm in Clinton Corner, NY providing the polenta and Snake River Farms in Idaho with their Waygu Beef.
Some of the must-mentions on the menu include their Raclette selection and their Fegato Di Pollo, or chicken liver pate, with onion-apple compote served with housemade Otto Bread. The consistency and flavor profile of the pate was unlike anything I had before, the right balance of sweet and salty. Another must-try is the Maiale Alla Birra, a beer-braised pork shoulder with apricot glaze, celery root, Honeycrisp apples, and a mustard vinaigrette, it was perfection!
Beyond food, SERRA ALPINA is offering a set of craft cocktails infused with mountain herbs as well as housemade Vin Brulé, the Italian version of mulled wine (available in red and white), and offering a true mountain experience with their 35 different amari, or Italian bitters. Amari is a traditional digestif that generally includes a number of herbs, roots, flowers, and spices, marinated in alcohol, to help digest a large meal or warm up on cold days.
SERRA ALPINA is not the first themed restaurant to grace the rooftop. The initiative first launched in Spring 2018. Most recently, SERRA was transformed into SERRA d’AUTUNNO, an autumnal oasis with vines and terra cotta plants lining the greenhouses’ ceiling this past September.
Be sure to make a reservation as spots fill up quick! Also, for best photo-taking opportunities be sure to get there early.
To learn more about SERRA ALPINA by Birreria check out their website at eataly.com/serra
& while you’re there be sure to check out Eataly’s Holiday Market!