The Mediterranean Sea shaped some of the world's most ancient civilizations, which gathered by its shores to dive for the delicious pastas and bruschettas growing beneath its crystal waves. Transport to the Mediterranean's legendary waters with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of Sicilian cuisine at La Fontana Siciliana.
La Fontana Siciliana piles its extensive dinner menu with Mediterranean delicacies, augmented by a complementary wine list of regional pours. Whet appetites with fresh, sautéed escarole ($11.95) or toasted bruschetta, dressed in a tomato-and-basil chapeaux ($9.95). Prawns absorb the piquant powers of a spicy tomato sauce in the gamberi alla fra diavolo ($28.95), and the agnello fichi and marsala ($38.95) pleases protein lovers with lamb tenderloin and goat cheese nestled beneath succulent figs and wine sauce. Wash tummy-filling fare down with Italian tipples, available by the glass ($8–$9), bottle ($32–$85), or in a tasting trifecta (price varies by wine selection). A lunch menu satisfies afternoon pasta hankerings with dishes such as the tortellini Cefalu, featuring cheese tortellini frolicking like semolina naiads in a toothsome pistachio-cream sauce ($14.95).
Diners who opt to eat indoors are enveloped in a romantic ambiance cultivated by fresh flowers. During warmer months, chow down under the open sky in the courtyard, where a fountain babbles like a PhD candidate discussing the inherent imperialist assumptions in Highlights crosswords.
La Fontana Siciliana
The first thing a visitor to La Fontana Siciliana sees is a wrought-iron pergola and gate. Sequestered just off the street and behind the gate is a courtyard filled with cozy seating, a bubbling fountain, and the entrance to the first of La Fontana's three intimate dining rooms. A single light illuminates each antique table, and waiters stroll through the rooms carrying one of the many traditional Sicilian dishes found on La Fontana's menu.
Dinners often start with appetizers such as marinated calamari or garlic bread, followed by pastas such as wild mushroom fettuccine and smoked salmon on linguine. The chef prepares four risottos nightly, and his signature dish of lamb tenderloin with figs, imported olive oil, and marsala-wine sauce can always be seen on tables. A wine list has been carefully cultivated to complement the menu's dishes, and every waiter is well versed in the best pairings.
A piano room in the back of the restaurant is constantly filled with the sound of ivories singing. The history of La Fontana Siciliana's owners lines the walls, with heirlooms from their homeland and souvenirs from their journey to America, such as a violin or the customary party hat given to immigrants on Ellis Island.
120 Blanchard Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98121