Eat some crepe! There’s a Euro-style pancake joint on Seventh Avenue

The Brooklyn Paper

It’s a cross-cultural crepe smackdown in Park Slope, where an Italian take on the traditional French pancakes promises to knock the socks — err, chaussettes — off even the most devout Francophile.

The newcomer is Crespella, an espresso bar and Italian creperie that opened two weeks ago on Seventh Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets.

“A lot of people know crepes as being just a French thing, but they are actually very popular in Italy,” said co-owner Maria Zito-Bucca, a Brooklyn-born Sicilian.

The thin savory or sweet pancakes originated in Brittany, which, maps tell us is in France, so Crespella does offer a nod to traditional French crepe varieties, such as Nutella and banana.

But most offerings are inspired by Italy, such as the tiramisu crepe with mascarpone and biscotti or the savory mortadella, fontina and arugula crepe.

Another difference is skin deep (literally): Zito-Bucca uses chickpea flour instead of the traditional French wheat flour to give her pancakes a slightly salty taste.

“Being Sicilian, I am a huge fan of panelle sandwiches,” said Zito-Bucca, who also owns the Sunset Park pizzeria Sliceria with her husband, Marcello Bucca. “In honor of my guilty pleasure, I wanted to use chickpea flour to create the crepes.”

And it doesn’t matter which European country earns your allegiance — everyone loves the Stumptown coffee that Crespella serves.

Crespella [321 Seventh Ave. between Eighth and Ninth streets in Park Slope, (718) 778-2980].

Reader Feedback

Andre says:
Though Nutella is Italian, not French!
Feb. 21, 2011, 7:44 am
Andre says:
Also this place is not new! It opened in November!
Feb. 21, 2011, 7:45 am
egyptian magician from park slope says:
Try the number 11 savory crepe, grab a local blue sky bakery muffin, robicelli's cupcake, sarivole organic cookies, anarchy in a jar jams, or granola lab granola. With a great assortment of local Brooklyn products and imported Italian pastries, you should definitely pay the friendly folks at Crespella a visit.
Feb. 21, 2011, 9:52 am
JJ from Park Slope says:
I found this place while on a stroll to Barnes & N.
When you step in you will feel that you took a trip to Europe. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere will make you want to sip your espresso and just take it all in. You must try their savory crepe.
This place was much needed in Park Slope!
Welcome to the neighborhood guys.
Feb. 21, 2011, 10:24 am
Gigi Brown from New Jersey says:
Been to this place last week, it taste like dog food. I would not recomend my friends to go their. They should go to Ladybird Bakery in the Red Hood neighborhood instead. The owners were rude and vain. They thought they were so good, but seriously, my little sister who is 5, could bake better than them. Although i hate this place, i like thier cupcakes, which isnt bake by them.
June 26, 2011, 10:44 pm

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