Paola Corsini taps into her Italian and Greek heritage and Turkish upbringing to create a menu of Mediterranean fare crafted with Turkish olive oils and produce sourced from the Pacific Northwest. In describing her restaurant's unique culinary fusion, Corsini states: "For generations, my family has been finding the best recipe from a variety of cultures. But, flavorful success often comes from combining them to reinvent the best."
Inside her kitchen, chefs prepare each entree from scratch, often following Corsini's generations-old family recipes. They crown grilled lamb with traditional Turkish accoutrements of mint and signature tzatiki sauce, and they toss Italian pastas with fresh pesto, sweet seafood, and seasonal vegetables. They also make every effort to accommodate guests with special diets by churning out vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, heart-healthy, and baklava-only options.
A mural of the Mediterranean Sea washes over the intimate dining room, and painted ceramic dishes and imported bottles of olive oil populate a massive wood shelf set against an exposed-brick wall. Next to the shelves, dinners sit at tables that are cloaked in red-checkered cloths and illuminated by delicate hanging light fixtures.
Don’t be fooled by the walk-up approach and very limited bar seating inside Stacia’s Gourmet Pizza in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood; this place does more than just serve up slices of cheesy pizza. Of course, there are custom pies available, with crusts that range from deep dish or whole wheat to garlic herb and gluten-free, and unexpected sauces like Thai peanut. There’s also the wide variety of toppings, including cilantro, smoked oysters and even water chestnuts, to name a few. There’s even customizable pastas on offer from inside the slight green and red space, including penne and ravioli, while simple grinders and salads round out offerings. That is, unless you want dessert, in which case you can swing for some Mukilteo Mud ice cream or baked chocolate chip cookie. Better still: let Stacia’s deliver the whole thing to your doorstep.
The chefs at Amante Pizza and Pasta busy themselves daily by whipping up home made pizza sauce and crusts topped with dozens of ingredient combinations that include inventive fixings such as sunflower seeds, roast beef, and cheddar cheese. Their house-made creations continue with marinara, meat, and alfredo sauces that smother ravioli and fettuccine noodles. A special low-carb menu caters to low-carb patrons with entrees such as eggplant parmesan and rosemary-seasoned chicken breast.
Turnpike Pizza specializes in New York?style pizza and northwestern brews. The restaurant takes on an air similar to a cafe, with floor-to-ceiling windows, brick walls, a handwritten menu sign. The staff even reserves a corner booth for a family of whirring bean grinders. Chefs use a paddle to remove thin-crust pies from the oven, instead of using it to swim through the stream of marinara sauce that flows through the kitchen. They can craft pizzas to fit dietary restrictions by sprinkling on fistfuls of vegan cheese or bakingthe best tasting gluten-free crusts. Gelatiamo gelato and sorbets cool tongues after hot meals, and pitchers of craft beers and glasses of Italian wine can cool them during meals.
Inside Marcello Ristorante, a beveled wood ceiling draws the eye down to the dining room's centerpiece––an enormous copper-hewn pillar that houses a smoldering fireplace. Its warmth matches that of the rich prawn-, pancetta-, and eggplant-laden sauces of Marcello's expansive pasta offerings, all served amid wooden wine shelves and colorful abstract paintings. Tomato- and mozzarella-based starters prepare palates for a second course of sautéed veal or chicken in a delicate wine sauce. After enjoying a glass of chianti or prosecco on the rustic garden patio, guests can return inside and peruse Marcello's decorative wall pieces, which include vases, patterned china, and jugs stained with the brittle remains of Louis Pasteur's first milk mustache.
Prosciutto: dry-aged ham that’s pressed, salted, and sliced ultra thin.
Profiteroles: a kind of cream puff made from ultra-light pastry, filled with either regular or ice cream.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Outdoors: Stroll through the waterside Green Lake Park (7201 E. Green Lake Drive N), where you can rent a kayak or play mini golf.
Indoors: Nerd out at The Dreaming (5226 University Way NE), a fully stocked comic-book and gaming store.