As I impatiently await the opening of Aragona, the Spanish restaurant from design-obsessed chef and owner Jason Stratton (Artusi, Spinasse), Stratton kindly sent over several pictures he took of the food and the space. Not to mention the westward view (above), which isn't too shabby, either. Here, a peek at what's on the menu, and a taste of how the place will look and feel.
Arros negre: black rice with squid, squid meatballs, baby turnips and squid ink meringues (!!)
Coca (Spanish pizza) with sardines, olives and peppers
Sweet potato cake with its skins, chestnut and honey semifreddo, and Casta Diva moscat jelly
The bar (still a work in progress, obviously), with custom light fixtures by Erich Ginder
The semi-private dining room, with another custom fixture by Erich Ginder
And the scene-stealers: mosaic tiled columns by Kate Jessup
Top Chef contestant and one of our first Tastemakers, Carrie Mashaney, will be leading the kitchen at Aragona. And we've got high expectations; Spinasse is consistently one of the best restaurants in Seattle, and Artusi is pretty impressive too (so much so that its chef, Sasha Rosenfeld, was on our list of up-and-comers this year).
The space is coming together and Stratton tells me they're planning to open the week after next, so, perhaps the week of November 18th. And, he says, reservations will be opening soon through the website. So keep hitting refresh.