In New York City, brunch is an institution. Here in The District, the weekend tradition isn’t as ingrained with diners. Graffiato wants to help change that. Former Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella recently rolled out a weekend brunch menu available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12–3 p.m.
Wake up with savory or sweet options, which all showcase the eatery’s Italian-American heritage. Begin with a plate of Nutella-slathered cinnamon knots before moving on to a breakfast pizza topped with crispy bacon, potato, broccolini, and cheddar. There’s also a calzone stuffed with apples and whipped mascarpone, and hearty meatballs served on a bed of polenta with a farmed egg.
The bar offerings are equally compelling. The Bloody Mary is sassed up with olives and mozzarella, the Bloody Sparkling gets its hue from blood orange puree and its bubbles from Prosecco, and the Led-Zep-referencing Traveling Riverside Blues mixes together blueberry-infused grappa, sparkling wine and grapefruit.
With options this good, our brunch scene should rival the Big Apple’s in no time.
Graffiato, 707 6th St. NW; 202-289-3600, www.graffiatodc.com