Pioneer Square is a neighborhood in transition but 30-year-old Il Terrazzo Carmine remains a beacon of gracious, old-school Italian dining, from start–a lavish antipasti array with a basket of Grand Central Bakery ciabatta– to finish: leftovers tucked into take-home bags with red tissue paper, like a parting gift.
Today’s review of Il Terrazzo is the latest in a month-long series called “Second Helpings,” where I revisited restaurants last reviewed ten or more years ago. Earlier this month I returned to The Herbfarm, Cafe Juanita, Wild Ginger and The Dining Room at Salish Lodge. Look for more “Second Helpings” monthly as the series continues.
Also today, you’ll find my cocktailing colleague Tan Vinh’s take on Intermezzo Carmine —the Smeraldo family’s pretty new bar across the lobby from Il Terrazzo. He wonders if the “dolled up” spot is ahead of its time or just out of place in a neighborhood still rough around the edges. Good question and one that remains to be answered about several newcomers to the Pioneer Square dining and drinking scene.