OK, so he hails from Ischia — a ferry ride away from old Napoli — yet Gaspare Trani, along with his wife (hostess and vocalist extraordinaire) Dianne, are throwing a party at their Phinney Ridge ristorante, Gaspare, to celebrate the chef’s 18 years slinging ‘pisketti in Seattle, among other Southern Italian-accented eats.
That party gets rolling at 5 p.m. March 25th and the three-course menu (a bargain $22, tax, tip and beverages excluded) offers a choice of minestrone zuppa or insalata with gorgonzola (with Gaspare’s excellent foccacia); eggplant parm or Naples-style spaghetti and meatballs (made with pine nuts), plus dessert (sfogliatelle). But wait, there’s more!
They’ll be live music, too, courtesy of accordionist Murl Allen Sanders — with Mrs. Trani sittin’ in! Make reservations, which are going fast, by calling 206-297-3600. And whatsamatta you? What do you mean you don’t like accordion music? Well then, you’ve obviously never heard Murl: