Shruti and I met up for brunch on a lovely Saturday in Adams Morgan to try out Rosario, a new Italian restaurant nestled in the middle of the hustle and bustle of 18th Street. The patio was cute and the bar inside was beautiful. We were invited in, so brunch was kindly on the house today.
We ordered some drinks to get the party started. Shruti ordered the Aperol Spritz, which she enjoyed. I was not feeling alcohol this morning, so I went with the green juice made with kale, apple, avocado, and Spirulina. I was surprised by this offering at such a restaurant–but I was pleased by how fresh, well made, and tasty the beverage was–brava! I would bet that even a non-juicer would enjoy this drink.
Next, we ordered the tomato basil bruschetta to start. This dish was accompanied by orange and fennel salad that was well dressed and satisfactory. The bruschetta was flavorful and tasty. It’s a good dish to share. We enjoyed the fact that there was a poached egg, which made this a hearty entreé.
Shruti, our resident vegetarian, ordered the eggplant Parmesan Benedict, which I predicted from the moment I read the menu. The beautiful and bright Benedict was overwhelming from the portion size. The Benedict was bursting with flavor and the egg was a nice touch on top of the eggplant. For someone who loves Italian food, she was more than satiated, but couldn’t manage more than a few bites given how heavy this dish was.
I ordered the Italian breakfast sandwich. I did not care for my dish. I didn’t notice any egg and eventually went searching. I think there were remnants of a poached egg, not fried. There was also utterly too much meat on this sandwich. It was overwhelming and the various different kinds of meats did not complement one another. The side of fruit was okay, nothing to write home about. And, the dreaded honeydew was abundant.
We ordered two desserts and were wowed by the cherry gelato. This dish was very different and had a great flavor. We especially loved the candied mint garnish on top of the cherry gelato. We would recommend ending your meal with this sweet treat. We also tried the Italian doughnuts stuffed with cannoli cream. These were tasty and sweet and hit the spot.
The Bitches say: C+. We thought parts of our meal were great but other aspects could stand to be improved. We’d like to see an updated breakfast sandwich and a couple more options on the menu before we revisit brunch.
Rosario serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
2435 18th St. N.W.