If Barbetta, my last drawing, is the great grandfather of the city’s Northern Italian restaurants, Boerum Hill’s Rucola, which serves food “inspired by the slow food movement in Piedmont,” according to its website, is like one of those young kids who is forever changing the face of Brooklyn. The work of Henry Rich, a specialty-foods entrepreneur who lived around the corner as a child, and his cousin and fellow King’s County native Julian Brizzi, Rucola opened a few years ago with a bang (it was in Vogue magazine and The New York Times said it “reflects Boerum Hill’s platonic ideal of itself; it’s full of rootsy Brooklyn good taste”). These days, it’s popular with the locals and unlike its menu, which varies with the seasons, not likely to be changing anytime soon. (190 Dean St., at Bond St, Brooklyn. 718-576-3209.)
Signed fine art Giclee prints on museum-quality, one-quarter-cotton 280 gsm paper with archival inks are available in two sizes:
5 x 7 for $55 (email me about this size)
9 x 12 for $95
Editions are strictly limited to 365 copies, and each annotated print is a beautiful reminder that our days are numbered.