Cicchetti

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Nobody spins sexy ambience out of four walls and a kitchen like Susan Kaufman, whose Italian Serafina has played stage set now to two decades of pasta-twirling foreplay. She's done it again, in a George Suyama–designed building just across the leafy courtyard from Serafina's back door. It's called Cicchetti (chi-KET-tee), after the social style of small-plate dining in Venice. With the exception of the show-stopping Venetian chandelier commissioned for the entryway, Cicchetti plays modern, angular sophisticate to Serafina's older-world rusticity. And from upstairs, the sweep of the Seattle skyline will send a Manhattanesque shiver down the spine of any urbanite. Look for stunning cocktails and the noshes to support them, reflecting the myriad Mediterranean influences the Moors hauled with them to Venice, from clams in fennel-saffron broth and prosciutto–goat cheese pizza to flatbread dips and crispy polenta cakes.

Last updated: 05/24/2013