When a summer holiday weekend rolls around you can usually find us hurriedly skipping town for the ‘burbs or the beach, like every other Washingtonian. But this past Memorial Day we were in no rush. There’s something nice about sticking around on a holiday weekend, because you inevitably end up having the city to yourself.
That Saturday, we took advantage of the virtually empty 14th street, a restaurant scene that typically greets you with a two-hour wait on any given night or weekend. Recounting a sign for bottomless brunch at a spontaneous Sette Osteria happy hour, we decided to check out the 14th street location for brunch.
We quickly deliberated and came to the consensus that it was a bit too hot to be sitting on the patio, so we compromised with a nice indoor table right next to the window. When we arrived at 11 a.m. (we are up at 6 a.m. every day with our pup, so 11 a.m. feels late!), the place was empty. But, by 11:30 a.m., it was packed.
Like I said, we had been up for hours, taken several walks, and already finished our first cup of coffee, so the extensive Sette Osteria menu beckoned. Sette offers both brunch and lunch on weekends, but we decided to stick to brunch as there were plenty of options to choose from.
Never one to say no to tomatoes, the Sette Brunch Tart caught my eye. The unique puff pastry stuffed with a tomato, mozzarella, and avocado salad arrived covered in bacon strips, with two sunny side up eggs on the side. The salad was fresh and went well with bites of egg and bacon. Had I realized it was going to be this substantial of a dish, I would have easily ordered it as my entree. You live and you learn!
We were both in the mood for a Caesar salad, so we decided to share the dish. The waitress graciously offered to have the kitchen split the salad for us, which is always a nice gesture. It came with a shaved piece of parmesan cheese, crunchy croutons, and a little too much Caesar dressing for my liking, but was delicious nonetheless.
Knowing that Sette makes a mean pizza, we couldn’t resist ordering the brunch flatbread especially seeing it categorized under “Chef’s Favorites.” The San Marizano sauce in the description followed by artichokes, Italian sausage, and mushrooms listed several of my favorite things in one line, so how could we go wrong?
The flatbread was essentially a pizza and it was delicious, but at this point our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. We finished a few salty, gooey bites and took the rest to go.
Lastly, we decided to split the breakfast sliders, which came topped with an egg on an English muffin. Let’s get one thing straight, a slider is a mini burger, these were full on burgers. Two of them, actually. With an egg on top. Not to mention, they came with a side of bacon and fries. For $12! We had to admit, this was an awesome entree to split for two people and the deal was pretty hard to beat.
The service was excellent and just when the words, “I can’t take another bite” left my mouth, out came dessert, compliments of the chef. A gorgeous display of pistachio gelato and one of my favorite Italian pastries, a sfogliatelle, was staring me in the face and I couldn’t resist. The shell shaped, flaky pastry is from Campania, the region of Italy where my family is from, so it’s no wonder I have a strong affinity for the stuffed pastry covered in powdered sugar. Pistachio gelato is one of my favorite flavors, so we went back and forth between the mess of the pastry and the clean refreshing scoops of a favorite summer treat.
The Bitches say: A-. The $15 bottomless deal and large, but affordable quality brunch entrees are hard to beat. Great location, great service, and a great vibe for groups.
1634 14th St NW,
Washington, D.C. 20009
Sette Osteria serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.