Brunch at Davio’s: Far From an Afterthought


Davio’s scallops with creamed corn and potato sticks is a must-order.

Brunch may not be as big of a ‘thing’ in Boston as it is in New York. But that does not mean to say that brunch is not done well here. As a matter of fact, if you know where to go, it can be quite sublime.

Usually, when brunching, one is looking for a solid, casual spot to fill up on egg-centric dishes; blends of breakfast and lunch items to suit everyone’s palates. Every now and then, however, you may be in the mood for elevated brunch fare, with top notch service and attention to all of the right details.

If you are in the mood for the latter, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is the place to go. From the moment you walk in, greeted by the friendly hosts, and escorted through the beautiful space to your table, to the minute you walk out, the team at Davio’s treats brunch like they would any other meal; with the utmost care and quality.

Start your meal with a bloody Mary bar, made tableside, right in front of your eyes. They wheel over a cart with two different, house made bloody Mary mixes and all the accoutrements necessary. Try a mix of both mild and spicy, horseradish, pickled olives, cornichons, lemon, and, of course, a slice of bacon.

Before long, you will want to order one of their baskets of freshly baked treats. Almond croissants and plain croissants are flaky and light, corn and currant scones are airy and sweet and their coffee cake with raspberry crumble is perfectly tart.

Something savory like their La Quercia prosciutto and burrata with fig balsamic and jam is a perfect pairing with their baked good basket and all of this puts you right in the mood for something more substantial.

prosciutto and burrata

Rachel Cossar

Davio's prosciutto and burrata.

Getting into the brunch fare, their sausage and goat cheese frittata or their poached eggs and steak are excellent options. Should you prefer something more seafood centric, scallops with creamed corn and potato sticks is a must-order. Davio’s is also famous for their selection of house made spring rolls. From buffalo chicken to Philly steak and cheese, order one or two, or a sampler to go alongside your main dishes.

Remember to leave room for dessert…or should we say, dessert carte? Pick from tiramisu, panna cotta, chocolate molten lava cake, cannoli with fresh fruit or an assortment of cookies to accompany espresso or tea. Whatever you choose it will be a wonderful way to round out a delightful meal.

With locations in and around Boston, and the rest of the US, Davio’s has a recipe for success, and this includes their brunch service. After all, who says brunch has to be an afterthought of the night before?