Where to go: Caffé Buondí
Address: 11529 Spring Mill Rd., Suite 250, Carmel
What to get: Buffon Toast
Anna’s take: Everyone knows Italians have dinner figured out, but something a little less likely to be found in Hamilton County is an Italian brunch spot. Enter Caffé Buondí, a bright, beautiful breakfast and lunch spot nestled in southwest Carmel. I tried a variety of menu items, but the Buffon Toast was my favorite – smoked salmon layered atop a blanket of goat cheese and topped with zesty capers, tomatoes, red onions and creamy avocado. I also tried the Andretti (12.95), a savory crepe folded with chicken, leeks, brie and cream horseradish spread; the Ascari ($11.95), an asiago bagel with a garlic her spread, arugula, an over-hard egg, avocado, cheddar cheese and bacon; the Sophia ($12.95), a sausage, goat cheese and roasted red bell pepper frittata; and the Nutella Mascarpone French Toast ($10.95), which is as delicious and sweet as it sounds. Caffé Buondí also has an impressive selection of coffee drinks, cocktails and smoothies. I was impressed with all of the portion sizes and the prices for what you get. Typically, high-quality Italian dishes are known to be a bit pricey. I’ve included Caffé Buondí on my list of favorite places, and I now consider it my favorite brunch spot.