Continuing their tasting tour of regional Italian cuisine, brothers Leo, Salvio and Roberto Varchetta (Barolo Ristorante, Mamma Melina) set their sights and palates on the Riviera's Cinque Terre—the villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarolo, and Riomaggiore.
Cinque Terre Ristorante opens June 8 in Amazon's Doppler building at 2oo1 Westlake Ave, and its menu aims to find the "marine connection" between the Riviera and the local seafood of the Pacific Northwest. Local oysters, grass fed beef, and crab will accompany Mediterranean staples like whole branzino and grilled octopus.
Chef John Neumark, formerly of Cafe Juanita and Serafina, is at the kitchen helm, and alongside seafood will be those indomitable stalwarts of Italian cuisine: pasta and pizza. The housemade pasta continues the menu's seafaring flavors with plates like fettucine al sugo di pesce—the "pesce" (fish) here comprised of clams, mussels, calamari, and prawns. And pizza options will run the gamut from margherita to the pioniere, a Cinque Terre Ristorante original that takes a layover between the Riviera and Seattle for its inspiration: spicy New England clam chowder and calamari.
Like the food, the wine list will focus on Italian, Washington, and Californian varietals, which can be sipped in the modern open dining room. On warm days, operable windows will open the dining room to the outdoors.
Hours for the bar and restaurant run everyday for dinner from 3pm to 12am, weekday lunch from 11am to 3pm, and weekend brunch from 10am to 3pm.