Ciao! Assaggio Ristorante is a breath of fresh air when it comes to hospitality and authentic Italian fare. It is a great place for a table for two, a party of friends, or business associates. A staple since 1993, Assaggio provides personal attention and a varied menu (from central and northern Italy). A remembrance and a warm greeting was had by the executive chef, Mauro. Check out the great blog at http://www.assaggioseattle.com/ A shout out for Michelle at the bar is needed -she was welcoming and our server was knowledgable and more than accommodating. Suggestions were made, substitutions were granted – I was able to choose half and half (two different pastas) on this evening. A sampling of choices this evening were:
- Gamberoni alla Griglia – Grilled prawns dipped in goat cheese
- Bruschetta – the fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil – delicious!
- Prosciutto con Arugula
- Red wine from the award-winning wine list accompanied the meal
- Cinghiale – wild boar ragu
- Vongole – Linguini with manila clams
- Melanzane al Forno – Baked Eggplant
- A special of the evening – Risotto with chantarelle mushrooms and duck
- Osso Bucco
- Pepperonata (made to order for the vegetarian of the bunch)
The bar is small so happy hour may not be on the agenda, depending on the evening.
Jazz Alley – Jazz Alley is a longtime Seattle favorite hosting quality food and entertainment. Visits here have been many and no doubt, there will be more. Come for dinner prior to the event or just show up for dessert and drinks. Seating options are plenty. On this night, celebrating a friend’s birthday, we saw Smooth Jazz Guitarist Peter White. The drummer and the rest of the ensemble were fabulous! Entertaining, a nice mix of styles, and worth the $28 ticket. http://www.peterwhite.com/ Check out the calendar of events, parking info (complimentary), and sample menu at http://www.jazzalley.com/ For reservations…online or make a phone call. All in all, it always make for a nice evening out!
Munchbar – NOTE: As of January 2012, Munchbar in Bellevue, WA is now closed. See June 2011 for an earlier mention. Looking for the best veggie burger ever? Munchbar has it. The veggie burger is beautifully built using crispy onions, arugula, avocado, sundried tomato and black olive mayo. Delicious! Also tried this time around was the mini munch®* slider (melted cheddar, tomatoes, pickles, crispy onions, shredded romaine, “fancy sauce”). I suggest ordering it without the fancy sauce as it comes with personal sized ketchup (and mustard) bottles. Again, loved the music played here. And hey…there’s a Las Vegas location too. http://www.munchgroup.com/bellevue/
Palomino – Bellevue – Great lunch once again! Check out my initial November 2010 post. This time around, Dungeness Crab Sliders were on the menu – Yum!… and I can recommend the Turkey Panini as well. http://palomino.com/