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A Northern Italian–Inspired Brunch

Johanna Hellrigl, the chef behind Mercy Me in Washington, D.C., was raised between restaurant kitchens in Italy and the United States — and her career path, albeit with some detours, has led her back to food. Mother’s Day is especially poignant this year, as Johanna celebrates her first as a new mom to son Luca. With a relaxed, Italian-inspired brunch in mind, Johanna created a collection of recipes that can be adapted to seasonal ingredients and served as one cohesive menu or as individual dishes. To make things easier, each recipe is set for 375 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven, so you can cook an incredible spread in Great Jones designs and move your food to the table with ease.


My father was a Michelin-starred chef who would set me up in a mini chef’s coat in the pastry section of the kitchen — the safest place for small hands — from a young age. Now that I’m a mother, I cannot wait to be able to feed Luca — to introduce him to flavors, ingredients, and spices for the first time; to watch his palate develop. It’s absolutely amazing to get to have firsts again with this tiny human: first bites, first reactions, and first favorites.

These recipes are all inspired by the region where my father was from: Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol or Südtirol. It has all of these names because it is a northern part of Italy that speaks a Tyrolean (German) dialect. It has a unique cuisine that takes certain influences from Italy and the countries that surround it (Austria and Switzerland).

As a new mom, I am excited to share these recipes with you. I hope you enjoy making these new twists on brunch staples and share them with the ones you love.

Photos by Farrah Skeiky.

A Spring Spread

Johanna Hellrigl's Torn Blueberry Pancakes
Torn “Schmarren” Blueberry Pancakes
A crowd-pleaser.
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Torn “Schmarren” Blueberry Pancakes
Johanna Hellrigl's Oven-Baked Frittata
Contadino Oven-Baked Frittata
Infinitely adaptable.
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Contadino Oven-Baked Frittata
Johanna Hellrigl's Apple Strudel Cinnamon Rolls
Apple Strudel Cinnamon Rolls
All about that frosting.
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Apple Strudel Cinnamon Rolls
Johanna Hellrigl's Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast Sandwich With Speck & Radicchio
Did someone say bagels?
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Breakfast Sandwich With Speck & Radicchio
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