New brunch spot in Shaw highlights Italian flair


All-Purpose Pizzeria in Shaw will serve brunch with an Italian-American twist every Sunday beginning April 9.

The restaurant at 1250 9th St. NW, across the street from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, opened last year for lunch and dinner. To compensate for the new brunch offering, All-Purpose will now be closed for lunch on Tuesdays.

Along with coffee and specialty cocktails, the brunch menu from chef Mike Friedman will offer classic brunch items spruced up with Italian flavor, including Eggs Fra Diavolo, with calabrian chiles, soft polenta, feta and basil; Crispy Fried Potatoes with a rich gorgonzola cream; a Tigelle Egg & Cheese Sandwich with fried mortadella, egg, provolone and arugula; and the Nutella Bomboloni, a filled donut topped with whipped ricotta and powdered sugar.

Breakfast pizza options will include The Cipriani (with parmigiano fonduta, bacon, egg, frisee and a tart mustard vinaigrette) and the Balthazar) with creamy gruyere, mozzarella, bechamel, a baked egg, prosciutto crudo and chives). The full brunch menu is available at

The restaurant offers lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (except Tuesdays, beginning April 11). Dinner is available from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday; 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 5 to 10 p.m.