Gabriele Corcos and wife Debi Mazar, of Cooking Channel’s Extra Virgin, recently opened The Tuscan Gun in a sleepy stretch of Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn. It’s dangerously close to my apartment, which explains why I’ve been there four times in three weeks.
Really their signature Porchetta Panini, slow cooked pork served on focaccia with arugula and roasted peppers, keeps me coming back. It’s so easy to eat while walking those sunny tree-lined streets around the neighborhood – a good few blocks from the bustle.
It’s a tasty and concise menu including some breakfasty stuff like yogurt, scones, and muffins, and for lunch a few pastas, salads and a soup. They’ve also got a serious coffee bar.
They’re not trying to boil the ocean here, just doing a few dishes exceptionally well. I dug the Sugo di Porchetta pasta cooked with pork renderings and an IPA, and served with rosemary, sage, and pecorino. Tell me that ain’t pretty.
If you love iced-coffee, you don’t need me to tell you that most isn’t worth drinking. We know it’s bad, we drink it anyway because deep down inside we don’t think we deserve better. Treat yourself to the real deal once in a while. The Cold Brew Ice-Coffee at The Tuscan Gun is among the best I’ve had in Brooklyn or beyond. Get it as they suggest, with a little cream and sugar. Grab a nice Anise & Coffee Shortbread or an Orange Olive Oil Muffin and life is good.
There’s no set dinner-hours, but they do host events, cooking classes and restaurant pop-ups some evenings.
Another plus in the Brooklyn column. Maybe we do deserve it.