Our Story

IN LITTLE ITALY
THEY STRING LIGHTS ACROSS
MULBERRY STREET.
A HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD
WHERE THE PAST IS PRESENT
AND ITALIAN FOOD
IS A FAMILY TRADITION.

The lights at Brooklyn Trattoria, reminiscent of a late-night sidewalk table.

A candle lighting the menu.

It’s our take on NYC Italian food.

A little bit of the best of everything.

It's a feast…

David Servatius | Brooklyn Trattoria Owner

David

Growing up in a small West Texas town, David’s parish had a spaghetti lunch after Sunday’s Mass. David’s first job was bussing tables and serving sweet ice tea.

In 1960’s Lubbock, Texas, there was one little Italian joint called “The Leaning Tower of Pizza.” David and his friends drove through 3 towns to eat at the “Tower” in a booth with candles and listen to Joe Ely play in the bar.

After college, David found himself in NYC with his best friend, Chris, a psychiatrist at Bellevue. Neither Chris or David could even boil water; they ate all their meals out. NYC was thrilling and expensive.

It was the 1970’s and David and Chris gravitated to the affordable Italian restaurants in lower Manhattan, as well as over the bridge in Brooklyn.

Late-night dining and cappuccino fueled the nightlife and the Italian joints treated David and Chris like family. The experience changed David’s life and planted the seeds for Brooklyn Trattoria.

Hey, maybe David’s trattoria will do a spaghetti lunch Sundays, and hire more busboys!

David and Chef Nick invite you to be transported in their salute to NYC Italian food.

Nick O'Halloran


 

Passion for cooking

Nick O’Halloran grew up south of Portland, Oregon and developed a strong affinity for cooking at a young age. Out of high school, he attended college to be an engineer, but it never stuck, and he found himself returning to the kitchen.

He studied at Le Cordon Bleu and has worked professionally in kitchens for the past 13 years. Along the way, he met Jose Riviera-Valdez and Mario Garcia, each of whom has 20+ years of experience under their belt.

After working alongside them for 8 years and developing a very close working relationship to both, he decided to bring them into his newest venture, knowing that with them by his side, anything is possible.

Culinary Team