Trattoria Roma | Columbus, OH

March 12, 2017

UPDATE: Sunday brunch is going seasonal at Trattoria. Find it May through September (and on Easter!).

Trattoria Roma | Facebook | T: @trattoriaromaoh | IG: @trattoriaromaoh
1447 Grandview Ave. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43212
(614) 488-2104
Open Sun-Thurs, 4-9p; Fri & Sat, 4-10p (brunch served Sundays 11a-2p)
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/N/N
Kid-friendly? Y

Last month for the Dispatch I went on assignment exploring the Sunday brunch at Trattoria Roma in Grandview. You can read the review here. As usual, I wanted to share our own photos and some additional thoughts.

Trattoria Roma is best known, of course, as a Grandview sample for Italian fare. The layout is fairly simple, with some seating and the bar near the entrance.

And then a long dining room on the other side.

The brunch menu features a selection of cocktails like sangria, mimosas, bellinis, and some brunch specialties like a Bloody Mary and an espresso martini. I tried something called the Irish Breakfast, made with orange juice, Jameson Irish whiskey, and butterscotch schnapps. Not my usual choice of drink, but I think the ingredients worked.

There’s also coffee, juice, and sparkling fruit sodas.

We started with an order of the brown sugar cinnamon rolls. They come sliced in half, and aren’t the heavy, frosting-drenched cinnamon rolls you might think of. The texture is light and they’re coated in butter with just a touch of sugar sweetness.

I’m always on the lookout for an eggs benedict, and the Eggs Orfeo is Trattoria’s version of it.

Their take on it layers an English muffin, a thick slice of grilled capicolla, poached egg, and an avocado hollandaise. Generally very good, although the capicolla was too thick and chewy for me, and the egg was overdone. Very nice hollandaise, though, and the side of potatoes was crispy and salty.

Our boys spotted mac and cheese on the brunch menu, and as you’d expect from an Italian restaurant, it won’t be boxed Kraft dinner. Instead, it’s a penne pasta with broccoli, smoked bacon, and asiago. Big hit all around.

This is Will’s (8yo) photo of the mac and cheese.

The brunch menu seems to rotate the featured sweet items. On some menus I’ve seen cinnamon marsala pancakes, but when we came in waffles were the feature. They were dense but covered in a sweet cream, bananas, and berries.

Finally, the breakfast wrap with steak, eggs, cheese, mushrooms, and peppers. It wrapped tightly, but it needed something else to finally pull it all together flavor-wise, like a light sauce (the avocado hollandaise from the benedict?) or maybe just a little more cheese.

And the menu didn’t end there: Trattoria also features more pastas, biscuits and gravy, salads, and scrambles. If you’ve been to Trattoria for dinner (which you should, if you haven’t), try giving their Sunday brunch a try!

Disclaimer: this meal was paid for as part of a Columbus Dispatch review. Photos and opinions are my own.

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