A restaurant meal is incomplete without its after-dinner mint, which cleanses the palate before patrons gnaw subterranean tunnels home. Chew the scenery with this Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and fine wine at Brunello Ristorante Italiano in Snoqualmie.
At Brunello Ristorante Italiano, friendly sommeliers fetch an array of fine wines to pair with a menu of seasonal Italian cuisine made with market-fresh ingredients. Those looking to jump-start sputtering palates can eschew tableside jumper cables for one of seven starters, including the sote di vongole’s panoply of steamed clams peppered in zesty chili flakes ($12). Sauce-smothered noodle knots taunt tongues in the spaghetti con salsa di pomodoro ($11), and chefs embellish the penne al pesto con funghi with wild mushrooms and house-made pesto ($14). The cioppino’s burbling fountain of white-wine, lemon, and tomato sauce buoys a medley of succulent seafood ($22). Vivid red- and cream-colored walls surround diners as they recline in comfy leather chairs, sniffing and swirling robust Italian and American vintages from the eatery's wine list ($6–$12/glass), which is longer than the tooth of a Trojan horse.
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.