Ballard Bistro Joli’s Ricotta Cavatelli is a Food We Love

Joli's French-Italian food is best in cavatelli form.

By Chelsea Lin

Photo by Alex Crook, Design by Wilk Design Workshop

February 19, 2018

This article originally appeared in the February 2018 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the February 2018 issueClick here to subscribe.

A comedic miscommunication with my charming Italian host dad while I was studying abroad in 1997 turned me off eating bunnies for at least a decade. But recently, I’ve changed my tune: Rabbit, as a source of protein, can be both sustainable and delicious.

And I haven’t had it prepared as well, in recent memory, as at pretty new bistro Joli (in Ballard’s Stumbletown neighborhood), where it’s braised, shredded and heaped atop chewy handmade cavatelli (an oblong pasta shell) enriched with house-made ricotta.

There’s a hint of marjoram and a generous snowing of Parmesan on top. It’s emblematic of what the French-Italian cuisine chef and co-owner Amy Beaumier, formerly of Bell and Whete, is doing here—and it’s comforting all the way. 

Ballard, 618 NW 65th St.; 206.420.7259; joliseattle.com

 

Owners-2_1588791052

Seattle Restaurant Week kicks off

Expect a broader range of dishes at several different prices

At times referred to as “Restaurant Weak” for menus limited in scope and portion size, Restaurant Week is coming of age after 20 years. In the beginning of what would become Restaurant Week, chefs and restaurateurs often compromised on portion size and sometimes quality.  Chef and restaurateur Brian Clevenger, who owns General Harvest Restaurants (Vendemia,…

Paju-squid-ink-fried-rice-credit-Nate-Watters_0

Fish Feast

Take part in an Italian-American tradition while enjoying Seattle's fantastic seafood

Consider Paju’s fried rice a seafood dish thanks to the addition of squid ink. The catfish sandwich at Matt’s in the Market has been a menu mainstay for years.Is it a hush puppy or a crab dish? At Emerald City Fish & Chips, it’s both.

Screen-Shot-2021-11-01-at-2.47.03-PM

The Best Of Seattle’s Classic Dishes

From salmon to teriyaki to the famous Seattle Dog

Seattle is known for many things, and some of them are not great. We’re looking at you, drizzling mist. Thanks a heap for the rainy reputation. Thankfully, when it comes to food, this great Pacific Northwest city has quite an edible bounty to call our own. From seafood caught in local waters to iconic hot dogs eaten…

Screen-Shot-2021-10-27-at-9.15.29-AM

The Restaurant Tipping Point

Fire & Vine's Chad Mackay knows his restaurants must continue to innovate to survive

Chad Mackay, owner of Seattle-based Fire & Vine Hospitality

Marination_nate_watters2

The Skyline, the Sun and the Spam

Marination Ma Kai’s waterfront patio triumphantly returns

There are certain summertime experiences that perpetually reaffirm my decision to move to the Pacific Northwest from New York. I’m talking about things like jogging a lap around Green Lake, slurping down an iced hemp mocha from Espresso Vivace’s sidewalk stand and a personal favorite — not having to worry that my bare thighs will stick to…

MILKSHAKE-5

Where to Find the Perfect Post-hike Milkshake

Reward yourself with these tasty treats after a beautiful day on the trail

After hiking in the Alpine Lake Wilderness area, choose from among 30 milkshake flavors at 1950s-style diner Cascade Burgers or grab some deliciously greasy onion rings from the ’59er Diner.