In the current issue of Seattle Magazine, I review Intermezzo Carmine in Pioneer Square. The most fun I had with this story was not stuffing my face with cicchetti from this new-ish Il Terrazzo off-shoot, but talking to Maria Smeraldo, Carmine’s widow.
Trove has only been open for about a week, which might explain why a lot of folks seem to be confused about the format of this four-pronged Capitol Hill restaurant cooked up by the same couple who brought us Joule and Revel.
This week, the Northwest’s most star-studded food festival hits Portland for the third year, and attendees are gearing up for Feast’s epicurean onslaught. It’s four days of the most delicious, diet-busting, tastebud-dazzling food and drinks you can cram down your gullet.
There are a lot of new restaurants in Seattle. An exhausting amount, really. I suppose that’s what happens during a city’s growth spurt. And I suppose what happens next is that only a small handful of them will survive. I see it as a sort of unintentional experiment for potential new restaurants—those who plan to open one will be able to see what works in today’s market without actually having to spend their own money. It’s a little morose, but lots can be learned from others' failures.
UPDATE: Timmons told me Sunday that he has pushed the opening date to Tuesday, Sept. 9, and that instead of being open daily, Jack's BBQ will be open Tues-Sun. Turns out, working 7 days a week doesn't give the man enough time to sleep or see his family.
It was a long and enjoyable week of eating. Not only did I have some out of town guests to entertain, but as summer winds down, there’s been an increased hankering for comfort food. Here are some of the highlights of my last 7 days of feeding:
There are meals in almost every restaurant serving off-menu items that you would never be lucky enough to eat unless you worked in the restaurant. They’re called family meals and they're served before or after service to feed those who work tirelessly to bring good food to your table — staff members who rarely get a chance to eat during their busy shift.
The news came by way of press release late yesterday afternoon: Aragona, the Spanish restaurant Jason Stratton (Spinasse, Artusi) opened downtown last December, is coming to an end.
In an unexpected turn of events, it will close after dinner service September 6, morph into an Italian restaurant, and reopen as Vespolina on Monday, September 8.