Restaurant Review: SERRA by Birreria

The rooftop beer garden of Eataly in Manhattan’s Flatiron district changes seasonally. Although I had gone there for a drink when it first opened, I had not been back and wanted to give SERRA by Birreria a shot. While the winter theme was more alpine, the theme for this summer is a floral spring greenhouse. I would highly suggest getting a reservation. Their specialty cocktail of the season is the Aperol Spritz (which is having quite a moment now, for better or worse). I went for the Spritz Viola, comprised of Creme Di Violet, prosecco, and topped with edible flowers. The purple color was pretty extravagant, but I can’t say that I am the biggest fan of Aperol Spritz.  

We started our evening with a selection of cheese, both Italian and domestic, along with bruschetta with ricotta cheese (are you sensing a theme here?), because you can’t ever go wrong with cheese. For our mains, we split a more meat-heavy selection with the scallopine di Pollo (aka the chicken dish) and the Salsiccia Lucaniga, a traditional rustic pork sausage served in a seared, spiral-shape. I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious the chicken dish was.

Overall, this was an interesting experience. It felt pretty touristy, I probably wouldn’t go back. The food wasn’t worth traveling for, but if you wanted to have an Aperol Spritz with an Instagram background to die for, this is the rooftop to reserve.


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