Monday, September 29, 2014

Merrifield Brunch: Ovvio Osteria

The Story: I LOVE brunch – which is funny because I spent the majority of my life avoiding breakfast/brunch dishes. What I love even more is bottomless brunch – however I’m not a huge fan of having to travel all the way into DC to get it. I recently had the opportunity to try out the new fall menu of Ovvio Osteria last week (post coming soon!) and funny enough I had made plans to visit them for brunch this past Saturday after a 9am flag football game. What drew me to them initially was the fact that they had $1 mimosas during brunch and had a biscuits and gravy dish.

Ovvio Osteria is a semi-new restaurant in the Merrifield area (right across from the Dunn Loring metro) with a new chef, Richard Hetzler. Serving up Italian classics focusing on seasonal and local ingredients Ovvio features a variety of delicious salads, pizzas, pastas and entrees having something for everyone. 

$1 mimosas – could there be anything better? I was quite pleased with the mimosas – much better than some of the bottomless ones I have had. Coffee was served with a french press but was grainier then normal with the two servings that my friend had. 
Bread basket to start the meal - two different breads which were delicious served with quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  
For an appetizer we split the Semolina Panettone (fancy French toast) $13 mascarpone, fig, fruit compote, potato cake. We were a little split on this dish as far as likes/dislikes. One of my friends, while being a big fan of the bread used was not a fan of the filling. Another loved everything about this dish while I was partial to the fruit toppings but otherwise this dish was not for me. 
Vegetable Frittata $13 mushroom, roasted cherry tomato, parmesan, saffron potato served with a mixed green salad and your choice of a biscuit or semolina toast. We all agreed that this could have used a lot more flavor and the potatoes tasted a little powdery. The salad was perfectly dressed and the toast was a great carby addition. 
While the biscuits and gravy were delicious, the Breakfast Calzone $14 egg, taleggio, pancetta, Italian sausage, tomato sauce totally stole the show. Dubbed as a hangover cure by one friend this dish was given an A+ by the three of us (plus another by a husband for the leftovers). The combo of the delicious dough and stuffing was perfection, a dream comfort food and as good as you imagine it would be. Word to the wise this dish is huge and would good to share or take home for leftovers.  
Parmesan Biscuits $14 spicy Italian sausage gravy, poached egg, parma prosciutto, zabaglione. Think of this as a biscuits and gravy benedict. It’s pretty much a given that if any form of biscuits and gravy is on the menu I will order it. Ovvio Osteria’s did not disappoint. The twist of the parmesan biscuit (think of a high class delicious cheese-it plus a biscuit) and Italian sausage used in the gravy made this dish stand out. I liked the twist of the poached egg on top but sadly Ovvio needs to work on their poaching, the yolks were cooked on my egg so I just pushed it aside. Another fun twist to this dish was the prosciutto – I must have been so excited about biscuits and gravy that I didn’t realize that there was prosciutto on the side – heaven sent. 
I am really excited about this place. Being so close to my house and having delicious food and a great deal on their mimosas repeat visits will definitely happen. They still need to work a little on their service – it started off really slow (and for an almost empty restaurant that really shouldn’t have been the case) and picked up towards the end. The only things I was unhappy about were they poached eggs – crucial if you are going to be serving brunch and the fact that my friend wasn’t notified that she was going to be charged for more coffee when she asked for another cup – a nice notification would have been nice as most places just have a flat fee for coffee.  

Would I come back? Yes, definitely will. They have delicious food and lots of fun specials throughout the week to draw people in. 

2727G Merrilee Way
Merrifield, VA
Closest Metro: Dunn Lorring 
Twitter @OvvioOsteria
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