Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare and fine wine at Brunello Ristorante Italiano in Snoqualmie.
The gastronomic gurus at Brunello Ristorante Italiano whip up a nightly banquet of authentic Italian cuisine composed of fresh ingredients and sided with smooth vino in an elegant, upscale setting. Silence a solicitous gut with a pasta dish from the extensive dinner menu such as penne al pesto con funghi—penne bathed in pesto sauce and covered in wild mushrooms ($13)—or homemade meat lasagna ($14). Seafood devotees and cleverly disguised orcas can nosh on the sautéed calamari in tomato sauce with garlic and sprinkled with crushed red pepper ($10), and the grigliata mista, a medley of grilled lamb, pork sausage, and marinated chicken breast ($24), slakes protein deficiencies. Lighter lunch options match mollifying pizzas, paninis, and pastas against irascible midday hunger pangs.
Quaff bites with a glass or bottle of fine wine such as the Erath Oregon pinot noir ($8 per glass, $32 per bottle) while reveling in Brunello's understated elegance from the comfort of a supple, leather-backed chair.
Brunello Ristorante Italiano
Diners sink into tufted dining chairs, preparing for a sumptuous meal as the restaurant's rich, Old World–inspired decor gives them their first hint of the eatery’s dedication to tradition. In the kitchen, gifted chefs summon fresh Italian ingredients that inspire a classic dinner menu, stacking plates with lasagna, stuffed ravioli, and simmering veal marsala. Brunello also boasts a sommelier who can deftly hand-select wines from across Italy to pair with dinner or to pour into a bathtub thus replicating the wine-filled canals of Venice.
7708 Center Blvd. SE
Snoqualmie, Washington 98065Get Directions