Situated on a picturesque street in Woodley Park, coupled with views of mossy oak trees and the legendary Omni Shoreline Hotel, Bar Civita is the spot you seek out when you’re looking for a charming, hidden place to kick back and stay awhile.
We’d previously enjoyed La Vita Bella with a lovely Italian happy hour on the patio at Bar Civita. The Italian restaurant is chef centric, with the affable chef actually hailing from Pittsburgh. The inside of the restaurant is charming and quaint—like an old Pennsylvania farmhouse—and the outside has an enormous covered patio with loads of plants hanging from the ceiling.
Alana and Ashley had joined me for happy hour, so the three of us opted to return for brunch a few weeks later. We gathered yet again on the patio to catch up on all the life things that had materialized in the few days since last seeing one another.
Bar Civita offers a buffet brunch, or you can order a la carte. As Bitches loathe buffets, we chose the a la carte option. That being said, I scoped out the buffet and it didn’t look all that bad. I still opted for the
There are mimosas, flavored bellinis, and Bloody Marys available at brunch. Bottomless bellinis are available for $18, provided you order food. We began with rounds of waters, coffees (cappuccino for Ashley), and bellinis. I chose the peach, while Ashley chose mango and Alana chose passion fruit.
It was a beautiful summer day. We were sipping on Bellinis in the shade. Life was good.
Then the house made doughnuts arrived and life became instantaneously far better. Chef Liam makes is doughnuts fresh in house each weekend. On this particular occasion, four gorgeous doughnuts arrived on a wooden carving board: two Nutella, and two Krueller.
The only thing that could improve a Nutella doughnut was its sea salt topping to balance the chocolate/hazelnut flavor. The Krueller was better than we’d ever expected—it was a fluffier churro crossed with a doughnut, fried to perfection, and dusted with cinnamon sugar. Hello, heaven? We’re here.
Alana ordered the sausage with poached eggs, and her favorite part was the chef’s twist on a classic breakfast sausage—into a Pittsburgausage. The chef’s sausage recipe is homemade, accenting all of our favorite breakfast meats, and soaking and cooking them a Pittsburgh IPA. The sausage was paired with well seasoned home fries and two poached eggs.
Meanwhile, Ashley chose the classic American breakfast. She says, “What’s more classic than their American Breakfast? The dish starts with three eggs cooked your way — I threw in a curve ball and asked for poached, which were prepared to perfection. Not to be forgotten were the accompanying roasted potatoes, which were seasoned with a crunchy exterior and soft, pillowy center.
Naturally, I ordered the brunch burger, with the must-have additions of poached eggs and bacon. The burger was Italianized, served with grilled onions, arugula and mozzarella cheese. The bun was incredible—moist, buttered and grilled. With all its accouterments, a delicious meat patty, and a heavenly bun, this burger is a strong contender for best brunch burger to date.
As if life could improve much more, teensy tiny chocolate mousse cups (available at the buffet) arrived table side along with the second (or was it third?) round of bellinis. And Bar Civita was solidified in our hearts as a delightful and delicious spot for brunch.
The Bitches say: A+. For a delicious, bottomless brunch with a great patio. Definitely a hidden gem!
2609 24th St. N.W.
Bar Civita serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays.
BitchBiz: We were hosted by Bar Civita for brunch, which means this brunch was on-the-house. That said, this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch.