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You are currently viewing all posts written by Providence Cicero. Seattle Times restaurant critic and co-host of "Let's Eat" airing at 4 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM.

January 2, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Second Helpings of Dahlia Lounge and more

The bar at Dahlia Lounge. Photo by Ken Lambert/Seattle Times Today’s review of Dahlia Lounge is the ninth in a Seattle Times series called “Second Helpings.” Introduced last August, the series evaluates restaurants that haven’t been reviewed in 10 years or more, but many of them have had much longer life spans. Dahlia Lounge, the restaurant…

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Comments | More in Restaurants | Topics: Cafe Juanita, Dahlia Lounge, Il Terrazzo Carmine

October 16, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Long-running Tangletown restaurant Eva to close

  Eva’s romantic dining room will be missed. The restaurant is closing October 30. Photo: Dean Rutz/Seattle Times Eva, one of the longest-running restaurants in Seattle’s Tangletown neighborhood, will close after 14 years. The surprising news from co-owners James Hondros and chef Amy McCray came less than a month after a three-star review in The…

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Comments | More in Food and Restaurant News, New Restaurants, Restaurants | Topics: Eva, Himalayan Sherpa House, Providence Cicero

October 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM

More art at Mamnoon

New menu covers at Mamnoon were designed by Tina Randolph, who also created the stenciled Venetian plaster tabletops. Photo courtesy of Wassef Haroun Last week at Mamnoon the waiter handed me what looked like an evening bag, slim as an envelope, embellished with a metallic design on a black background. Inside was the dinner menu,…

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Comments | More in Restaurants | Topics: art in restaurants, Mamnoon, Nastaran Safaei

August 29, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Second Helpings: Il Terrazzo Carmine

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. Gift-wrapped leftovers from Il Terrazzo, back…

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Comments | More in Restaurants | Topics: Il Terrazzo Carmine, Intermezzo Carmine, Providence Cicero

August 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Chef changes Aragona to ‘give people what they really crave’

Aragona’s octopus with caramelized romanesco, cauliflower and pear onions. Photo: Mark Harrison/Seattle Times Letting go is hard when you are relinquishing something you love. But once Jason Stratton gave voice to the idea of changing the Spanish-themed Aragona, the less-than-a-year-old downtown restaurant, to the Italian-focused Vespolina, coming to terms with the decision was surprisingly easier…

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Comments | More in Food and Restaurant News, New Restaurants, Restaurants | Topics: Aragona, Artusi, Jason Stratton

August 22, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Second Helpings: Camp Korey and The Dining Room at Salish Lodge

Wanna dish about restaurants then and now? Join Seattle Times restaurant critic Providence Cicero and food editor Kathleen Triesch Saul for an online chat about the “Second Helpings” series and more, Thursday, August 28 at noon. British-born Steven Snook is the newest executive chef at The Dining Room at Salish Lodge, reviewed today in The…

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Comments | More in Restaurants, Upcoming Events | Topics: Camp Korey, Providence Cicero, Salish Lodge

August 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Adios to Aragona: Downtown restaurant’s concept changes to Italian

Chef Jason Stratton Photo: Aragona Aragona, Jason Stratton’s nine-month-old nod to Spanish cuisine, won’t be around much longer. Stratton confirmed rumors that he is changing the downtown restaurant’s concept to Italian, matching his Capitol Hill ventures, Spinasse and Artusi. The new restaurant will be called Vespolina. Though not quite ready to reveal all…

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Comments | More in Food and Restaurant News, Restaurant Closures, Restaurants | Topics: Aragona, Artusi, Jason Stratton

August 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

New Pellegrini Foundation honors Tom Douglas & Jackie Cross at Harvest Dinner

Angelo Pellegrini in his gardenPhoto by Bob Peterson He spoke no English when he arrived here from Italy with his family at age 10, yet he grew up to become a professor of English literature at the University of Washington. The author of “The Unprejudiced Palate” and nine other books on food, wine and “the…

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Comments | More in Food and Restaurant News, Upcoming Events | Topics: Angelo Pellegrini, Jackie Cross, Pellegrini Foundation

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