Follow us:

All You Can Eat

Trend-setting restaurants, Northwest cookbooks, local food news and the people who make them happen.

September 3, 2008 at 9:45 AM

On the move: Lampreia

In today’s food section I reported details about Lampreia’s impending move. After 16 years at First and Battery, chef Scott Carsberg isn’t going far: just a few blocks. His restaurant is set to anchor the new Gallery building, one of only two retail spaces slated to open in the condo complex at Second and Broad (the other is a specialty foods store). If everything goes as planned, the carefully designed new restaurant should open by year’s end.

Lampreia, offering Carsberg’s very personal take on the foods of Northern Italy, is one of those polarizing restaurants. It has its fervent fans and its incredulous naysayers. I sit squarely in the former camp. For me, Lampreia is the answer to the question, “Where did you celebrate your birthday dinner last year, Nancy?” And this photo. . .

. . .is the punchline to the question, “With whom would you want to spend your upcoming wedding anniversary?” (My husband, by the way, would agree.) Part of the reason we’re so crazy about Lampreia is that the James Beard award-winning chef is married to his restaurant — in a way rarely seen among chefs of his caliber. As for that coveted award: he famously chose to stay in Seattle and cook, as he’s done every night since Lampreia opened in 1992, rather than show up in NYC to accept it.

As both paid critic and paying guest, Carsberg has given me more reasons to sit up in my chair and say: “My God! This is the best food I’ve ever eaten!” than any other chef, anywhere. So I, for one, am looking forward to seeing how he ups the ante in his new location. You?

Comments | More in Food and Restaurant News, Restaurants

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►