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Easter food around the world, around Brooklyn - Brooklyn Paper

Easter food around the world, around Brooklyn

Easter feast: Paula Wojda holds a mazurek cake, a traditional Polish Easter pastry, at Northside Bakery in Williamsburg.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Talk about a moveable feast!

Go on a world tour of Easter eats this weekend without dusting off your passport. Our Seasonal Eating correspondents have scoured the borough to find the best regional specialties from around the globe right here in your backyard. So ditch the chocolate eggs and break your Lenten fast at one of these fine Brooklyn food purveyors.

Babka loving

Polish off a big slice of babka at Northside Bakery, which specializes in the yeasty treats of Poland. The bakery’s two locations — one in Williamsburg and the other in Greenpoint — are also whipping up traditional mazurek cakes, which are topped with festive bunny decorations.

Northside Bakery [190 Nassau Ave. between Jewel and Humboldt streets in Greenpoint, (718) 349–7775, www.northsidebakery.com] and [149 N. Eighth St. between Berry Street and Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 782–2700].

Italian renaissance

When the moon hits your eye like a big Easter pie, that’s amore. Villabate Alba in Bensonhurst, where the Alaimo family has been slinging Sicilian baked goods for 36 years, serves up the savory seasonal pies also known as pizza rustica, alongside almond paste lambs and a range of egg-glazed Easter breads.

Villabate Alba [7001 18th Ave. at 70th Street in Bensonhurst, (718) 331–8430, www.villabate.com].

Food of the gods

And the feast does not have to end on April 5. Greek Easter is not until April 12, so get a second serving at Cooklyn in Prospect Heights, where chef Anthony Theocaropoulos will be honoring his Hellenic heritage with a special Easter dinner featuring dishes such as roast lamb, egg lemon soup, and beet salad.

Cooklyn [659 Vanderbilt Ave. between Park and Prospect places in Prospect Heights, (347) 915–0721, www.cooklyn-nyc.com]. April 12 from 5:30-10 pm.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz

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