Il Corvo churns out handmade pastas on the Pike Place Hillclimb. Photo courtesy Il Corvo

Petite pasta house Spinasse nearly doubles in size thanks to this adjacent bar taking over the corner of 14th and Pine. With a “focus on apertivo culture,” Artusi offers elbow room for 25 diners.

COA Mexican Eatery and Tequileria
The Maple Leaf eatery you’ve been reading lots about is (obviously) heavy on the agave and taps the Mexican heritage of owner Edgar Carreon. The locally minded menu boasts salsas and other sauces made in-house each day. Sights are set on May 20.

Il Corvo
Isn’t it adorbs? Lecosho alum Mike Easton puts down roots on the Pike Place Hillclimb with this wee pasta bar. Handmade bigoli, farfalle, maccherone, and ravioli are the calling card, plus a small selection of antipasti you can try weekdays 11-3. Also in the works are private dinners, pasta-making classes, and alfresco seating. Last we heard, Il Corvo was doing business as of May 2.

Paratii Craft Bar
The cocktail program sounds venerable enough, but it’s the piranha soup that’s catching our eye.

Skillet Diner
After months (years?) of building chatter, food folk can finally tuck into their poutine while taking a seat. Faithfuls should expect a heftier regular menu than they’d find at the roving counterpart and a mid-to-late May open. Murmurs of late night grub, too.

Stopsky’s Delicatessen
Top Chef alum Robin Leventhal (is it time to ditch that tag-on yet?) and Andrew Meltzer, Columbia City Bakery co-founder, head this Mercer Island Jewish deli. With food informed by a Northwest POV, Stopsky’s promises to be more than a grab-and-go destination: the 35-seater will serve breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, and eventually dinner. Also on tap is a mercantile tendering condiments, cheeses, house-made mustard and pickles, and more.


The Pantry at Delancey
Not really a restaurant but more mulitipurpose kitchen, the Pantry is certainly worth keeping on your radar. Brandon Pettit (co-owner of Delancey), Brandi Henderson (Delancey pastry chef), and instructor/caterer Olaiya Land will operate cooking classes, catering, family-style dinners, and a limited retail space out of this addition behind the Ballard pizzeria.

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