Populating an ever-changing menu with seasonally dictated fare, Four Swallows crafts cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farms and seafood harvested by sustainable methods. Prepare snapping jaws for sustainable snacking with a starter of Mediterranean mussels, partnered with smoke paprika, Spanish sherry, tomatoes, cream, and bruschetta ($14), before sating deep-dwelling hunger with an entree such as the salmon, with caramelized fennel, cara cara oranges, roasted fingerling potatoes, and taggiasca olives ($26). Handmade pastas feature traditional Italian accents, such as the fazzoletti, with thick bolognese ragu and parmigiano cheese ($19).
Giuseppe and Corino grew up as best friends in Mondello, Sicily, before traveling to Seattle, where they opened Mondello Italian Restaurant. Their kitchen introduces diners to Sicilian specialties such as spaghetti bolognese with housemade noodles and Black Angus beef, as well as Italian favorites such as eggplant caponata.
Sky-blue walls and sand-colored floors create a nautical theme surrounding staff as they deliver fresh seafood to rustic wooden tables and tie nearby curtains into bowline knots. After sampling colorful salads, diners can dig into neapolitan wood-fired pizzas at Giuseppe and Corino's neighboring restaurant, Queen Margherita Pizzeria.
At the edge of Alki Beach, Pegasus Pizza and Pasta sits surrounded by scores of volleyball players, bicyclists, and sand-castle architects. While taking in the bustling activity and the view of the Puget Sound, diners can enjoy specialties such as the signature Pegasus pizza, piled high with canadian bacon, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, and green peppers. Pegasus’s chefs also toss fresh caesar salads and craft pasta dishes, such as the rosemary-chicken ravioli. For lunch, Pegasus offers toasted submarine sandwiches, ideal for munching on while trying to scope out a shark to fight.
Zayda Buddy's Pizza is named for owner Joel Radin's grandpa, who emigrated as a young boy from Lithuania to a small farm outside Duluth, Minnesota. The restaurant carries the tradition of Radin's Minnesota roots with Minnesota-style thin-crust pizzas and a bar stocked with Midwestern beers. Cooks top pizzas with Wisconsin mozzarella and California tomatoes, and in the separate bar area, bartenders serve up Midwestern brews such as Leinenkugel’s and Old Milwaukee as well as cocktails made from scratch. The eatery's five TVs cue guests into sports games featuring local and Minnesotan teams, and an outdoor patio allows guests to reenact hard-hitting sacks or sleeping football fans they've just seen on TV.