Italians were not only the first people to put tomatoes in cuisine but also the first to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of Italian dinner fare and drinks at Girardi’s Osteria in Edmonds.
Chef Bruno Girardi crafts authentic old-country Italian cuisine with an artist’s touch, filling the dinner menu with hearty portions. Embark on an Italic mouthjourney with antipasti such as polenta gorgonzola, coating lightly fried polenta and taste buds in creamy cheese sauce ($7.95). Evening diners can preempt sleep by devouring delectable pasta-pillows with gnocchi gorgonzola ($15.95) or practice the art of the fork-twirl with the spaghetti puttanesca ($13.95). Meaty 10-ounce grilled filet mignon waltzes with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables ($24.95), and lingcod malinese attends meals clad in a sporting coat of potato and asiago cheese ($16.95).
Girardi’s decadent wine and drink list gives guests the opportunity to play matchmaker for each dish, The rustic décor and dark wood accents lend a cozy air to interior eating, and the restaurant’s outdoor seating refreshes diners with free refills of fresh air.
Chef Bruno Girardi knows his way around the globe almost as well as he knows his way around the kitchen: born in France, he studied academics in Africa and Argentina before gleaning a culinary education in Italy from his father, eventually toting his family's Milanese recipes to Girardi's Osteria. His lunch and dinner menus there speak mostly Italian—pastas tossed with roma tomatoes and marsala-soaked meats—but diners can detect French accents, such as dijon-glazed carpaccio and paninis made with baguette bread. Martinis and more than 70 wines cleanse palates between bites, and desserts and digestifs signal the denouement of meals more appropriately than having an orchestra play diners off after 45 seconds of conversation.
504 5th Ave. S
Edmonds, Washington 98020