Three of us had a lovely dinner here last night. Everything was exquisite. They had somehow misplaced our reservation, but because we were dining at 6:00 and they had a big party coming at 8:00 they squeezed us in--we didn't want to stay that long anyway because we had a ferry to catch. They also had mislaid our list of allergies sent in ahead of time, but worked with us to create a modified menu that accommodated us and was still delicious. Everything was obviously made by hand and some of it grown in the garden.
This is a lovely Italian-style small country villa with a cozy but sophisticated feel. Very attentive waiter.
However: you may experience the sound of planes, trains, and automobiles. The restaurant is almost under a major highway exit ramp, immediately adjacent to a busy railroad track, and under the flight path for some flights headed for SeaTac. On this late summer evening, the windows were open, and the sound came in. But most of the time we were comfortable and able to tune out the noise from outside. Perhaps in winter with the windows closed it would be a bit quieter.
I decided I don't care for braised beet greens, but every bit of the five other dishes we shared was exquisite. The roasted lamb I had was probably the best I've ever eaten. My wife said the same thing about the house-made ricotta, which she said she could have made a whole meal of. We al pronounced my daughter's cod fantastic. We skipped dessert.
We spent about $150 for the three of us--all fairly light eaters. Only one of the party had wine.
The location is really out of the way. It was about a $20 taxi ride from the ferry dock (including tip). You could take a 106 bus from downtown and back if you have the time and can tolerate the discomforts of mass transit.
We've dined several times at Sitka and Spruce, the sister restaurant in the Melrose Market. The approach to the food seems quite similar: strong emphasis on locally sourced, seasonally appropriate dishes, with a good variety of interesting vegetarian dishes for those that lean that way.
Because we enjoyed the rustic villa setting and the fine cooking, we'd go back again.
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