The Olive and Grape
Paola Corsini taps into her Italian and Greek heritage and Turkish upbringing to create a menu of Mediterranean fare crafted with Turkish olive oils and produce sourced from the Pacific Northwest. In describing her restaurant's unique culinary fusion, Corsini states: "For generations, my family has been finding the best recipe from a variety of cultures. But, flavorful success often comes from combining them to reinvent the best."
Inside her kitchen, chefs prepare each entree from scratch, often following Corsini's generations-old family recipes. They crown grilled lamb with traditional Turkish accoutrements of mint and signature tzatiki sauce, and they toss Italian pastas with fresh pesto, sweet seafood, and seasonal vegetables. They also make every effort to accommodate guests with special diets by churning out vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, heart-healthy, and baklava-only options.
A mural of the Mediterranean Sea washes over the intimate dining room, and painted ceramic dishes and imported bottles of olive oil populate a massive wood shelf set against an exposed-brick wall. Next to the shelves, dinners sit at tables that are cloaked in red-checkered cloths and illuminated by delicate hanging light fixtures.