Named for the colorful poles that gondoliers use to navigate the canals of Venice, the restaurant has Italy written all over it: a wine cellar, blown Murano glass sculptures (look closely, they're inspired by pasta shapes), a wall depicting Piazza San Marco in Romanov crystal, and classic Italian music playing.
As soon as we were sat, our knowledgeable server Predrag pulled our attention from the blue water outside the windows and gave us the rundown. Brunch has three courses: an appetizer buffet, a plated entrée, and a dessert buffet — so you'll want to wear comfy clothes for this feast.
We chose a complimentary mimosa to start, and then hit the all-you-can-eat appetizer buffet. There were three tables piled high with pastries, seafood, and antipasti. We were impressed by the sheer range of choices here, and after we noshed on cinnamon rolls, fresh parmesan with balsamic, prosciutto with melon, and mussels, caviar, and lobster salad, we ordered an entree from the menu. Since the plates are small and our waiter recommended two dishes, we chose Eggs Florentine and Italian artichoke ravioli. The eggs came out perfectly-cooked and the ravioli was a small enough portion not to overwhelm us.
At this point we were stuffed, but one look at the dessert table — where small bites are arranged artfully around a sculpture of sugar roses — gave us newfound determination for the grand finale. We indulged in Italian classics, such as tiramisu and cannoli, plus Palo’s signature chocolate-covered strawberries.