The owners of Il Bistro, a Pike Place Market mainstay approaching its 40th anniversary, have branched out — to Bothell.
Amaro Bistro, a 3,400-square-foot Italian restaurant and bar, opened Monday in the Six Oaks apartment building at 18333 Bothell Way Northeast. The street has been redeveloped as part of an ambitious revitalization project for the once-“sleepy suburb” that’s also going to boast a McMenamins hotel resort and a brewpub from John Howie.
Nick Wiltz, who has owned Il Bistro since 2004, is a Bothell resident.
Amaro’s menu is “heavily influenced” by Il Bistro, he said in a press release. The current menu ranges from wood-fired pizzas ($8-$15) to wild mushroom ravioli with white truffle cream ($19) to marinated and roasted rack of lamb ($42). That last entree is an Il Bistro standard, lauded in reviews over the years as one of the city’s — at least, this city’s — best.