Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane mixture of tomato sauce and parmesan, a savory blend that eventually turned petty car thieves into bona fide pasta barons. Get a baron's share of this desirable concoction with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian-inspired seasonal fare, seafood, wine, and more at The Four Swallows, located one ferry ride away on Bainbridge Island.
Populating an ever-changing menu with seasonally dictated fare, Four Swallows crafts cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farms and seafood harvested by sustainable methods. Prepare snapping jaws for sustainable snacking with a starter of Mediterranean mussels, partnered with smoke paprika, Spanish sherry, tomatoes, cream, and bruschetta ($14), before sating deep-dwelling hunger with an entree such as the salmon, with caramelized fennel, cara cara oranges, roasted fingerling potatoes, and taggiasca olives ($26). Handmade pastas feature traditional Italian accents, such as the fazzoletti, with thick bolognese ragu and parmigiano cheese ($19).
Accent any meal with a glass of Washington state vino, including the 2005 Forgeron Columbia Valley syrah ($11.50/glass) and 2008 Fernand Engel pinot blanc ($8/glass), and top off stomachs with desserts such as the popular butterscotch budino, blanketed with caramel-rum sauce, fleur de sel, and cream ($8).
Diners relax in the rustic, romantic dining room of a converted 1889 farmhouse with large windows, which allow natural light to flood in across wooden tables and booths. The elegant bar displays wine glasses aglow under gentle lights, wall sconces, and miraculously pinched sunrays stashed in a mason jar.
The Four Swallows has been reviewed by the Seattle Times and Gastrolust. Zagat rated both the food and service "extraordinary to perfection." Nearly 30 Yelpers give the restaurant an average of 4.5 stars.
- When you leave the city behind and travel a considerable distance by car, then ferry to an island restaurant for dinner, you hope to end up at a place with just the sort of rustic charm Four Swallows has in abundance. – Providence Cicero, Seattle Times
- I think this is our favorite restaurant in the entire Pacific Northwest. I even like the ferry ride over. A wonderful place, for a wonderful meal. – Nancy H., Yelp, 10/24/10