From Our Editors
Cafe Parco: A User’s Guide
- Appetizer: parco caprese
- Salad: wild baby arugula with anchovies, parmesan, and pesto
- Pasta entree: linguine in truffle cream
- Seafood entree: wild cod with rosemary-dijon potatoes and roasted tomatoes
- Dessert: candied lemon tart
Where to Sit: In addition to the dining room, there are two outdoor seating areas. If you're a people watcher, ask if there's a table available on the front sidewalk. If you're looking for more privacy (and shade), request to sit in the courtyard under the tree.
- Watch your watch. Brunchers get one hour at the table, and dinner diners get two.
- Cafe Parco has a lengthy wine list, but you're welcome to bring a special bottle from home for a $20 corkage fee.
- Though there’s no kids’ menu, children are welcome as long as they're well-behaved.
- If you're not very hungry, or just want to sample a bit of everything, try ordering a few small plates. The chef recommends ordering all the small plates at once, so there's no delay in serving them.
About Chef Celinda Norton
- Owned eight restaurants over the past 30 years
- WSU Master Gardener
- Used to farm cows, chickens, turkey, ducks, pigs, and sheep
- Has a "super palate"—meaning she was born with extra taste buds
- Her passion is creating perfect wine and food pairings
- She's the only person preparing food. If she's not in, Cafe Parco isn't open.
Affogato: a sweet drink made by topping gelato or ice cream with a shot of hot espresso. The Italian name translates to “drowned,” referring to the slowly melting ice cream.
Gnocchi: Italian dumplings made of potato, flour, or semolina. They’re often accompanied by sauce, meat, and/or vegetables.