Spring Has Sprung! What’s in Season?
It’s finally springtime in South Central Pennsylvania! We’re just as excited as you are about warmer weather, more daylight and bursts of color thanks to flowering trees. But, here at Bricco, we’re looking forward to spring for another reason, too: the food! As a restaurant that uses locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible, we’re happy to have more options in the coming months. Here’s just a taste of what’s in season and where you can find it on our menu!
After months of looking at bags of mystery greens on the grocery shelves, you’re probably dying for crisp, fresh lettuce and spinach. ‘Tis the season for greens! Spring brings a variety of colors, flavors and textures to your salads. From bitter arugula to buttery Bibb lettuce to spicy watercress, you can find them all at your local farmer’s market.
Experimenting with greens is exciting — and maybe a bit overwhelming with so many options. But Bricco has the salad market cornered and our recipes down to a science. Our Suzy Salad is a customer favorite. Featuring Bibb lettuce, Granny Smith apples, candied walnuts, gorgonzola cheese and a champagne vinaigrette, it’s sure to perk up your taste buds after a winter lull.
Who doesn’t love crisp green stalks of asparagus? Enjoyed year round in creamy soups and fluffy frittatas, spring is time for asparagus to shine! You can now find fresh, locally grown asparagus in area grocery stores and roadside stands. Enjoy it at home steamed or pan seared with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Fun fact: Asparagus is native to the Mediterranean region, making it an obvious favorite at Bricco. You’ll find asparagus in several dishes on our menu, but one way we love to use this crowd-pleasing vegetable is on our small plates menu. For just $7, diners can enjoy fire-roasted asparagus with a Sriracha, chili and lime vinaigrette. The flavor combination is out of this world!
Since you can find them in grocery stores year round, it’s sometimes odd to think of potatoes as a seasonal vegetable. But make no mistake, potato season is in full swing in South Central Pennsylvania. Depending on the size, color and starch content, some potatoes are better in certain ways than others. Russets, for example, are great for baking, while petite red and purple potatoes are best enjoyed roasted with herbs and olive oil.
At Bricco, we love to use potatoes in unique ways, so in addition to our delicious roasted garlic potato puree side dish, you’ll also find potato gnocchi on our menu. The fluffy little pillows of dough are served with a black garlic, roasted asparagus and chive cream sauce.
Be sure to check out all of our menus for the Spring season on our website here! We hope you enjoy seasonal dining this spring at Bricco!