The Dish: Piccolina’s Egg & Cheese
Where To Get It: 963 Palmer Alley NW; (202) 804-5713; piccolinadc.com
Price: $8; $10 with pancetta and sausage
What It Is: Find a refined, Italian take on an egg sandwich at Chef Amy Brandwein’s newest restaurant—an all-day Italian-style café, located across from Centrolina in CityCenter DC.
What sets this breakfast sandwich apart from other egg-and-cheese contenders is the way it’s delicately prepared. Brandwein created a cast-iron skillet with an extra-long handle so that each egg can be carefully cooked inside a 650-degree, wood-fired oven. White cheddar cheese is added to the mix to create a fluffy, melted texture before it’s served on a toasted brioche bun.
How It Tastes: Instead of a hangover filled with remorse and regret, imagine you’ve been transported to a beautiful countryside villa in Tuscany. Brandwein also gives meat eaters some extra protein options. For a $2 more, diners can add fennel spiced lamb-pork sausage and pancetta. Both add savoriness as well as some heft to the sandwich.
Why It Helps: This classic egg-and-cheese combo served on brioche practically melts in your mouth and is easy enough to eat on the go should you have a weekday hangover.