First Look: Jason Stratton Opens Vespolina

And makes beautiful pasta.


So Many Feelings

Jason Stratton's Aragona Is Closing—And Reopening as Vespolina

December's splashy Spanish opening is turning Italian.

08/21/2014 By Allecia Vermillion

Critic's Picks

Recently Reviewed

Five spots where we're eating this month.

08/01/2014 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Haunted Restaurants? Yeah, Seattle’s Got Those

(These ghosts may not be quite what you’re expecting.)

06/09/2014 By Kathryn Robinson

Restaurant Review

A Long Way to Aragona

Artiste chef Jason Stratton brings arcane Spanish food to a storied downtown space.

06/02/2014 By Kathryn Robinson

Weekly Planner

Nosh Pit Weekly Planner: March 12–18

This week: A tasting with Brennon Leighton, mushroom magic with Maxime Bilet, and drinking and drawing at Capitol Cider.

03/11/2014 By Meredith Barrett

Oeno Files

A Weeknight Wine Pick from Aragona's Jackson Rohrbaugh

Just your typical expat Spanish rocket scientist turned winemaker, producing some delicious Washington wines from Iberian grapes.

03/05/2014 By Genie Leslie

Shifts and Shakeups

This Week In Restaurant News: More Meat

Hawaiian burgers land in Greenlake, Dot's expands, and Bill the Butcher heads for Portland.

01/31/2014 By Malcolm Griffes

So Long

An Exit Interview with Carrie Mashaney

The Top Chef contender and Aragona chef talks about what it was like to compete on the show, and the meal she missed most while she was away from home.

01/09/2014 By Chelsea Lin

TV Recap

Top Chef New Orleans Episode 12: Mississippi Mud Bugs

In which Carrie's future hangs in a flounder fritter.

01/02/2014 By Chelsea Lin

TV Recap

Top Chef New Orleans Episode 11: Giving It the College Try

In which Carrie makes squab look good, broccoli look bad.

12/19/2013 By Chelsea Lin

Shifts and Shakeups

This Week In Restaurant News: New Dinner and Drink Options in Time for the Holidays

More openings, a few closures, and the wine thieves are caught.

12/13/2013 By Malcolm Griffes

TV Recap

Top Chef New Orleans Episode 10: Like Mama Made

In which Carrie gives us a glimpse into her asparagus-foraging past.

12/12/2013 By Chelsea Lin

Hello, Gorgeous

First Look: Chef Jason Stratton's Aragona

The much-loved chef's new downtown restaurant is a knockout, thanks to hand-crafted light fixtures, intricate mosaic work, and a restrained pop of hot pink.

12/09/2013 By Chelsea Lin

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Lunch Excitement

Shanik opens a market, Calf and Kid plans as cheese bar, and Hitchcock announces a deli in Georgetown.

10/18/2013 By Malcolm Griffes

Shift Change

Meet Aragona's Pastry Chef Clare Gordon

"In Portland, people don't order dessert as much."

10/18/2013 By Allecia Vermillion

Weekly Planner

Nosh Pit Weekly Planner August 14—20

Drink Champagne with a Narwhal, preview Aragona's menu, and rewatch Anaconda at King's Hardware—it's way better with a buzz.

08/13/2013 By Brianna Lantz

Stalking Top Chef

Seattle's Carrie Mashaney Will Compete on 'Top Chef'

The New Orleans season just got interesting.

08/13/2013 By Allecia Vermillion

Special Events

Popup Dinners from Jason Stratton and Maria Hines

Stratton previews Aragona's Spanish menu, and Hines celebrates Tilth's anniversary with a barbecue. Enjoyment ensues.

08/12/2013 By Allecia Vermillion

Oeno Files

Chris Tanghe Is Washington's Newest Master Sommelier

Sixty-three people took the exam. Four passed. And after that rigorous process, answering a few questions about Washington wine was a total cakewalk.

05/28/2013 By Allecia Vermillion