D.C. has a plethora of bottomless brunch options, but Via Umbria, Georgetown’s Italian market-restaurant-enoteca, manages to be both fun and incredibly inexpensive: $35 for three generous courses, plus bottomless sparkling wine and mimosas. Here’s how it works: you buy your ticket online, in advance. Upon arrival, you are greeted with a glass of prosecco. You can peruse the store, located on the ground level, until 1 p.m., when you are escorted upstairs. Your host will seat you at a communal table and then festivities begin.
Your glass is refilled and your table is gifted with a platter of pastries: croissants, muffins, tarts, you name it. Bread heaven, basically. Next, you help yourself to a buffet of salads, potatoes, and cheese. The day I was there we had a potato casserole and a fennel, pomegranate, and arugula salad with housemade croutons and a balsamic-honey vinaigrette. As you stuff your face you can watch the chefs make your main course in the open kitchen.
For your main course you have a choice of three options. I of course went with the pasta dish, which was corkscrew pasta tossed in a butternut squash sauce. It was super creamy and savory, perfect with a glass of prosecco. My husband went for an egg and spinach panini on warm bread that was made in-house.
After the main course, we were offered two desserts: a super chocolaty bundt cake with a chocolate drizzle and poached pears in a wine sauce. Naturally, I had both.
The food is delicious, the open kitchen and communal table provide for plenty of entertainment, and most importantly, my champagne glass was never empty. Buy a ticket before Via Umbria figures out what a good deal this is and raises their prices.