It was a lovely Sunday afternoon for a stroll and shopping in Georgetown. My lovely date and I had just come from Clarendon, where we got our butts kicked at a MADabolic class. A quick Uber ride and we were back in D.C. and ready for brunch.
Via Umbria is a mixed-use market, restaurant, and event space that has something for everyone. Whether you want to purchase a bottle of wine, make an authentic Italian dinner, grab lunch, take a cooking class, or have brunch–they’ve got it all. Today, we were treated to a bottomless Aperol Spritz brunch.
We were seated in the upstairs event space that’s complete with an open kitchen and family-style dining table. The staff kept the mimosas and Aperol spritzes coming while we helped ourselves two different types of bruschetta and tomato salad. I knew that Steph was treated to a charcuterie spread on her last brunch, which I was looking forward to–but this spread was much more summery and fit the season perfectly.
The ricotta and honey bruschetta was our favorite of the day. It was light and sweet with the perfect ratio of spread to bread. The peach bruschetta was also delightful and had a surprising spicy kick. We also enjoyed the tomato, onion, and Kalamata olive salad with its fresh, classic Italian flavors.
We were well into the bottomless drinks at this point. The table conversation started out a bit awkward, but once people had downed a couple drinks the table was more lively. The mimosas were fresh and light–a perfect ratio of champagne to OJ. The Aperol Spritzes were also mixed well and not too bitter. The staff was on top of refilling the carafes, as to not leave any glass empty.
Via Umbria also offers a make-your-own Bloody Mary station. The Bloody Mary mix was one of my all-time favorites and I loved the pickles. Interestingly enough you could pour your own vodka which is a rarity.
For our entrees, I ordered the poached eggs on ciabatta with prosciutto and spinach, while my lovely date ordered the pasta carbonara. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente. We thought that it could have used a bit more flavor so we added freshly cracked pepper and it was even more delightful.
The poached eggs was basically a Benedict with ciabatta instead of English muffins. The prosciutto was the best we’ve ever had–it was incredibly salty in the very best way and extremely flavorful. The spinach was cooked well and there was a perfect amount of Hollandaise sauce. My eggs were a little overcooked–they weren’t runny. I prefer my eggs this way so I was a happy camper. A fellow diner said hers came out perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish and accidentally ate the whole thing without offering a taste to my date–oh well.
A few more drinks and some lively brunch conversation and suddenly dessert was being served. The ricotta chocolate tart was delicious and before I knew it I had eaten the whole thing. Sorry, brunch date! The fresh blueberries on top made this an irresistible dessert.
The Bitches say: A-. The flavors are authentic and the quality is top notch. The drinks are truly bottomless for two hours and the staff doesn’t rush you to finish. Go with a lively group of friends lest you don’t mind some small talk with fellow brunchers.
Via Umbria serves brunch at 1 p.m. on Sundays. (202) 333-3904
BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Via Umbria. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from the company.