For Mothers' Day this year, we enjoyed a fabulous brunch as guests of Pelagia Trattoria at the International Mall. Pelagia Trattoria offers a full view of an open kitchen, and the space is decorated with vibrant hand-painted tiles, custom ironwork, and bright, jewel-toned, glass light fixtures lend an elegant Mediterranean feel.
We had a wonderful meal and celebrated two amazing mothers: my mom and my mother-in-law.
A full raw bar is part of the brunch at Pelagia, including crab claw clusters, shrimp cocktail and clams on the halfshell. Oyster lovers, fear not. Fresh oysters abound on the raw bar (they are just not my personal favorite, so they're not pictured here!)
This is my Mom's brunch plate. She liked the chicken piccata and the variety of salads.
My mother-in-law's plate. Her favorites were the crab cakes (center.) These were miniature versions of their regular crab cakes, which I absolutely love.
This photo was taken when I sampled Pelagia's new spring 2013 menu.
The buffet spanned the entire restaurant and the area usually reserved for private dining. It's seemingly endless! Brunch is not a "regular" thing at Pelagia, it only happens every once in awhile for holidays or special occasions. But stay tuned to their Facebook page and web site as there will be more brunches to come this year and after enjoying the brunch here, I can promise that it is a 'do-not miss' experience. In the meantime, definitely check our Pelagia for dinner or happy hour. It is one of my favorites in the Tampa area.