Monday, November 9, 2015

Ella’s Launches New Weekend Brunch

From our friends at Ella's Wood Fired Pizza...

Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza, a Penn Quarter favorite, located at 610 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004, is keeping things fresh, showcasing both a newly renovated restaurant and new weekend brunch offerings this month. Beginning Saturday, November 14th, diners can enjoy Chef/Owner Ed Hanson’s delectable brunch options, in addition to his featured menu, on Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM and Sundays from 12 PM to 3 PM.

Hanson’s creations focus on blending Ella’s Italian influences into traditional favorites such as Eggs Benedict, prosciutto, poached eggs, English muffins, hollandaise, house potatoes ($12); Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes, served with strawberries and maple syrup ($12); Creamy Polenta with prosciutto wrapped shrimp and bell peppers ($12); and a variation of his signature Neapolitan-style handcrafted thin crust pizza, baked in a 700 degree, wood-fired oven, Breakfast Pizza, white bean puree, bacon, tomato, relish, Fontina, fried egg ($14.)

Rounding out the brunch menu are classics such as Steak and Eggs, sliced grilled steak, peppers and onions, house potatoes and eggs ($15); The Owen Omelette, bacon, peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach, Fontina, house potatoes ($12); and  Ella’s Waffles, topped with strawberries, almonds, whipped cream and maple syrup ($12.)

For a perfect pairing, Ella’s offers an array of appealing options, beginning with Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s ($18); Peach Bellini, vodka, peach pureé, topped with prosecco ($9); Mango or Peach Margaritas, tequila, mango or peach pureé, house-made sour mix ($6) as well as signature riffs on brunch cocktails such as Ella’s Coconut Basil Mimosa, coconut rum, basil, sparkling wine ($9); Bloody Polpotini, meatball tomato sauce, vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix ($8); Spicy Maria, vodka, lime, caper juice, house-made Bloody Mary mix,  jalapeño salted rim ($8) and Yared’s Cilantro Bloody Mary, house-infused cilantro vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix ($8). Non-alcoholic ‘Mocktail’ options include Ella’s Gingerapple, ginger beer, pineapple juice; Pineapple Basil, pineapple juice, muddled fresh basil and a Virgin Bloody Mary, house-made Bloody Mary mix, selling for $4 each.

During brunch eight draft beers are offered in both half and full sized pours, allowing patrons to sample a wider variety. Local craft beers include DC Brau Public Pale Ale; Port City Porter American Porter ($3.50/7), joined by Allagash White Belgian Wheat ($4/8) and Yuengling Amber Lager ($3/6) among others. Wine lovers can enjoy featured vintages such as Italian favorites Lagaria Pinot Grigio 2014, from northeastern Italy’s Trentino Alto Adige region and Cecchi Bonizio Sangiovese 2012, from Tuscany, each offered for $7 a glass or $32 a bottle.

Brunch fans can also gather in the bar at custom communal pub tables, crafted by Brazilian-American furniture maker Sebastian Lima, where they can watch their favorite teams on wide screen televisions. Or they can elect to sit at tables and banquettes in Ella’s recently revamped dining areas, designed by Erica Riggio and Angela Justice, of Green Owl Design, who Hanson tapped in September 2015 to refresh and update Ella’s décor. As a proud local independent business owner, Hanson was inspired to team up with Riggio and Justice because of the emphasis Green Owl Design places on sourcing products and materials locally, while incorporating the work of area artists and craftspeople.

Striking new graphics, created by Ric Garcia, a Cuban-American artist living in the DC Metro area, attract the attention of patrons from the moment they walk in the door. His bold designs powerfully reflect the cityscape in which the restaurant resides, in panels and canvases that punctuate the space, bringing the outside world into sharp focus inside its walls.

Ella’s back room, available for daily dining as well as for semi-private events for up to 25 guests, now boasts a vivid color blocking paint scheme. It is dramatically lighted by wall-mounted Nanoleaf Bloom Black LED bulbs, providing beautiful ambiance combined with supreme energy efficiency, casting a warm glow while creating a dramatic visual effect.

Located at 610 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004, Ella’s is accessible via metro, one block from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station, accessible on the Red, Yellow and Green Lines and two blocks from Metro Center Metro Station, accessible on the Blue and Orange Lines.

Ella’s is open Monday through Thursday from 11 AM to 10 PM; Friday & Saturday, from
11 AM to 11 PM; and Sunday from 12 PM to 10 PM. Brunch is served Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM and Sunday from 12 PM to 3 PM, in addition to the full regular menu. Happy hour food and drink specials are offered daily from 4 PM to 7 PM, in the bar only.

For reservations or more information visit their website or by calling (202) 638-3434. Follow them via and