Tulio Ristorante: A User's Guide
em>Zagat-Rated Restaurant | Upscale Italian Cuisine | Gluten-Free Menus | Elegant Dining Room
Antipasti: sweet potato gnocchi with sage butter and mascarpone
Primi: crab ravioli with lobster oil and tobiko
Secondi: Washington lamb sirloin with basil yogurt
Dolci: brown butter almond polenta cake
Cocktail: Seattlite with vodka, vanilla and allspice liqueurs, and orange peel
The Chef: Walter Pisano is classically trained in European cuisines, and was the first American to work as a sous chef at the Jean-Louis restaurant at DC’s Watergate Hotel.
Where to Sit
Pull up a chair at one of the white linen-covered tables in the richly appointed dining room, or dine al fresco on the patio during warmer months.
Solaio, the upstairs dining room, is decorated to look like a wine cellar, and can be reserved for private meals and events.
Fun Fact: Tulio follows many eco-friendly practices, including converting excess cooking oils into biodiesel fuel, using biodegradable cleaning products, and relying on energy-efficient lighting.
Awards and Acclaim
Named one of the best Italian restaurants in the country by Travel + Leisure magazine
Winner of a 2013 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator
Praised by Saveur magazine for its “honest-good cooking”
Burrata: a ball of cheese consisting of a thin shell of mozzarella on the outside, and a rich blend of cheese curd and cream on the the inside. Derived from the Italian for “buttered” or “buttery”.
Orecchiette: a type of small, round pasta. It’s name means “small ear” in Italian, a reference to the pasta’s unusual shape.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Explore a selection of unique home decor, jewelry, and gifts at far4 (1020 1st Ave).
After: Sip on cocktails by the 1,900-gallon freshwater aquarium in the Musicquarium Lounge at The Triple Door (216 Union St).
East Coasters know they’re in the right place when they walk through the door at Italian Family Pizza. There’s the distinctive New York pizza smell, the red and white checkered vinyl tablecloths and shakers full of red pepper, oregano and parmesan. Italian Family Pizza proffers New York-inspired pies with a simple red sauce and tender, slightly puffy dough. The toppings are basic – no fancy fennel pollen – and satisfying, like sausage, pepperoni and olives. A small pizza is enough for one or two, and the 24-inch large is simply gigantic. Longtime locals may know the eatery as the former home of Myers Music, where many established Seattle musicians bought their instruments, including Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix. Now it’s decked out with family photos, a long line of wines along one wall and big booths and tables with those old-school checkered tablecloths.
Modern pies at downtown’s Mod Pizza hit the spot for a quick lunch or early dinner that’s fresh, natural and satisfying. The 11-inch thin crust pizzas are the same price no matter what you want on them and can be made vegan or gluten-free, as desired. Both the dough and two kinds of tomato sauces are made daily, with no additives or preservatives. This bustling location on Sixth Avenue was actually the first Mod Pizza ever, breaking the cheesy pizza parlor mold with a sleek, chic industrial look and plenty of seats beyond the ordering counter. Located inside the One Union Square office tower, this fast casual pizza mini-chain is right in the heart of the city, and handy for shoppers or office workers looking for a bite and place to relax for a bit.
Fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, and pizzas star on Harried and Hungry’s lunch-only menu, and are a quick and tasty fix for office workers and shoppers with growling tummies. The family-run spot has tried-and-true choices for a fast lunch, like the popular chicken pesto sandwich or the pear and goat cheese house pizza. With its cheery green entrance, the simple café is perfect for grabbing a midday meal or a snack, and it seems there’s always enough space to sit down while you munch. Still, for some, Harried and Hungry’s lightning-quick service simply isn’t fast enough; some diners opt to skip the line and pre-order lunch online, for pick up at the front counter. Local office workers also like the café’s convenient catering business, which is perfect for staff meeting treats and lunches.
Taste: A User’s Guide
Seattle Art Museum Restaurant | Locally Inspired Menu | Sunday Brunch | Inventive Cocktails
Starter: carrot and cumin soup with lime and achiote honey
Side: kale salad with black pepper dressing
Entree: chicken confit pot with peas and carrots, puff pastry, fresh mascarpone, and fresh herbs
Dessert: apricot pie with herbed caramel and thai basil ice cream
Drink: The Expressionist, a specialty cocktail made with grapefruit vodka, campari, and grapefruit juice
Inside Tip: Taste is located at the Seattle Art Museum, making it easy to combine cultural and culinary bliss in one stop.
When to Go: Stop by during happy hour for discounted meals and snacks, such as polenta fries with red pepper aioli, deviled eggs, and salt cod fritters, that can be paired with featured cocktails or domestic drafts. Otherwise, head in for Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to try what the Seattle Magazine called the “Best Northwest Spin on Chicken and Waffles.”