Over the summer the Hill got a charming new Italian restaurant on Barracks Row — Lavagna. After several dinners there, I decided it was finally time to try their brunch. My original plans for the day were canceled at the last minute, and with some beautiful fall weather, it was the perfect chance to enjoy a seat on the patio while catching up with some neighborhood friends and taking advantage of an unlimited drink special.
In tribute to its name — Lavagna is a city in Northern Italy where slate, or chalkboard, is from — the menus are small chalkboards in wooden frames. The brunch options are not expansive but there is certainly something for everyone. Small plates, salads, eggs, sweet things, lunch things and pastas.
Starters include salads, calamari, grilled artichoke, and fresh fruit. Entrees include veggie or sausage frittatas, french toast, eggs, a garden sandwich or spinach salad, and a PELT — which is pancetta, eggs, lettuce and tomato. There is also Eggs Enrico, which is poached eggs with basil and hollandaise sauce on three cheese polenta — VERY tasty.
And of course they have to throw in some pastas: gnocchi with pear, walnut and Gorgonzola or spaghetti with meatballs or French toast fettuccine. Yes, you read that last one right. They took fettuccine and added a maple syrup, cinnamon and cream sauce. I was feeling adventurous and decided to order it. It was tasty for the first new bites but wasn’t right as an entire meal.
And don’t forget the drinks — for $20 you get unlimited mimosas, belinis and Bloody Marys. That’s the kind of special that turns a little brunch with a few girlfriends turned into a wonderful 3-hour catch up session. That’s a pretty perfect Sunday, if you ask me.
So next time you’re looking for brunch on the Hill and don’t want to wait in line at the better-known spots, give Lavagna a try.