Lillio Cucina Italiana brings Roman cuisine to Cobble Hill
When Lillo Cucina Italiana quietly opened at 331 Henry St. in Cobble Hill last fall, some thought it was merely another “nondescript coffee shop replacing another nondescript coffee shop,” according to Grub Street.
Soon, however, the combination Italian bakery and restaurant, headed by Roman-born Giampietro “Lillo” Remia, began to attract local diners “to the point where the six-table coffee shop became a genuine trattoria,” Grub Street reported. His pastry items include the cornetti, baba and wine biscuits he used to sell at his bakery back in Rome.
As far as meals are concerned, Grub Street praised his gnocchi; his sautéed cabbage and artichokes; pasta of various kinds; and paninis named after famous Italian movies like “La Grande Bellazza” and “Amarcord.” The main attraction, however, is Remia himself, Grub Street said. “At 6-foot-4 and typically sporting a kitchen apron, colorful bandanna looped around a shock of black hair, extra-large polo shirt, comfortable black shoes the size of violin cases, and a pair of no-holds-barred mutton chops, he’s hard to miss,” the review said.
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