My good friend Kelly recently got engaged and I am SO excited for all of the upcoming festivities. The girls and I decided to celebrate over brunch at the always-amazing Fiola Mare.
Fiola Mare, a Fabio Trabocchi restaurant, is located on the Georgetown Waterfront. Fabio is a well-known chef from Italy that owns a handful of restaurants in the DC area.
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For the friendly price of $45 you can brunch at one of the best restaurants in DC—#5 on Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants 2017. With this great deal, you can snack on fresh pastries with jams, indulge in one of their classic brunch cocktails (or mocktails), and make selections from their 3-course menu. A la carte is available but, I mean, you may as well go all in here.
WHAT DID YOU DRINK?
I love a classic mimo (mimosa), but they also offer bellinis, sangria or their Bloody Mary Royal topped with pickled veggies and a tiger prawn—basically a meal as a drink. In order to properly toast the bride-to-be we had the sommelier help us select the perfect bottle of rosé for the table.
WHAT DID YOU EAT?
I love a good pastry so obviously I went for the fresh croissants to kick things off. You know what they say, a croissant a day… Our group came hangry so we got the Lobster Ravioli for the table as an appetizer.
Fiola Mare is always changing their menu, which is nice to keep things interesting, but tragic when I want to go back for the dish I was obsessed with. All of the antipasti options that day were extremely tempting, making my choice even more difficult. I opted for the Insalata di Mare, which was a chilled seafood salad Lingurian-Style, aka the most colorful and beautiful explosion of a salad. Seriously, it was gorgeous.
The main course at brunch is always tricky for me; I never know if I want savory or sweet, lunch or breakfast, decisions, decisions. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with strawberry rhubarb compote and Sicilian pistachios. Basically anything ricotta is going to be delicious. I also snagged a bite (or two) of the Rigatoni alla Carbonara topped with a sunny-side up duck egg; the guanciale and pecorino covered rigatoni was the perfect savory contrast to my sweet pancakes.
Dessert was a no-brainer when I saw the Sardinian Ricotta Doughnuts (Bomboloni) on the menu. Again, ricotta ricotta ricotta, you can’t go wrong. They were served with warm chocolate sauce and sea salt gelato that was TDF. Thankfully Kelly shared a bite of her Strawberry & Lychee Panna Cotta which was almost too pretty to eat.
WAS IT ALL YOU WANTED?
Yep, this restaurant was the ideal spot for our ladies brunch to celebrate an engagement or any special occasion. The staff was so nice and incredibly accommodating and overall it made for the perfect Saturday. It was aliwanted.