Located in South End, Cinquecento has extensive dinner, dessert, and bar menus, but I come here mainly for the Saturday/Sunday brunch. On Sundays during the spring, summer, and autumn, SOWA occurs directly adjacent to the restaurant, making it the perfect place to grab a quick bite on the patio after perusing the farmers’, craft, and vintage market offered there. Even in the late fall/winter when SOWA is no longer running, Cinquecento’s got you covered, as they have both indoor seating and outdoor heating.
Cinquecento has something for everyone. If you’re not too hungry, they offer an assortment of small, lighter plates like caramelized grapefruit, Greek yogurt and zucchini muffins. If you have a sweet tooth, they’ve got you covered with decadent choices like blueberry French toast, ricotta fritters, and Nutella crepes. If, like me, you’re more into savory foods, they offer a bunch of different pastas, sandwiches, and egg plates. My personal favorite, which I can’t recommend enough, is the polenta, eggs, and funghi – polenta topped with mushrooms, poached eggs and grilled bread. Need I say more?