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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. Today’s review of Il Terrazzo

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August 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

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

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 than he thought it would be. “The reception to Aragona was very mixed,”…

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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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August 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

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

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 the details, Stratton says…

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

August 19, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Westward makes list of America’s best new restaurants

Westward, the Lake Union restaurant that’s won raves for both style and substance, was named one of the best new restaurants in the U.S. by Bon Appetit magazine. Restaurant and drinks editor Andrew Knowlton, a well-traveled diner who makes consistently smart picks, named Westward #5 in the country for its “stunning waterfront setting,…

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August 8, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Second Helpings: Cafe Juanita

The big news that Café Juanita will be spiffed up and expanded to include a bar, hopefully by spring, came on the eve of the 3.5-star review that appears today in The Seattle Times. Chef/owner Holly Smith told me she has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Kirkland property, which will allow her to make some long-overdue renovations to the 62-year-old building that once housed a winery.

Holly Smith / Photo courtesy of Cafe Juanita

Holly Smith / Photo courtesy of Cafe Juanita

“I’m super excited. It’s been a long road to get this done,” Smith said. “The look and feel of Cafe Juanita is very much loved so I am not interested in changing that really. Adding a bar means guests can come enjoy us in a more spontaneous relaxed manner, or enjoy a drink before or after dinner. Ideally there will be spring and summer seating on the patio with food coming primarily from the bar for that space….There is a lot to do and not a ton of budget…but I’m optimistic that we will do things on the list that guests can appreciate as well as those things necessary that no one ever sees. It’s a house remodel after all and we all know the realities of old houses!”

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July 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM

The Charms of Chippy’s Fish & Drink

If summer ever returns, I hope this glorious chilled tomato soup does too. During this month’s heat wave, it was a special at Chippy’s Fish & Drink, the new Ethan Stowell eatery next door to his Staple & Fancy Mercantile in Ballard. Topped with celery leaves, serrano chile and smoked mussels, and drizzled with…

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Comments | Topics: Chippy's Fish & Drink, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Providence Cicero

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