Restaurant Openings

First Look Inside Altura

Take a photo tour of the upscale Italian eatery, opening October 5 on Broadway.

By Jessica Voelker October 4, 2011


Yup, another big restaurant opening on Capitol Hill.

This one is from Chef Nathan Lockwood, whose last gig was heading up the kitchen at spectacularly appointed Seattle supper club The Ruins. At Altura, the new Broadway restaurant he is opening with his wife Rebecca, the decor is decidedly more pared-down, and features antiques along with wood repurposed from the former Jade Pagoda space across the street. (The site of another new restaurant, modern Cantonese destination Bako.)

Lockwood sharpened his chef skills in San Francisco toiling for Chef Hubert Keller at Fleur de Lys and Suzette Gresham at Acquerello (where he was chef de cuisine). Upscale Italian made with local, seasonal ingredients is his vision for Altura—a sample menu includes agnolotti with squab and pheasant, Madeira jus, and crispy sage and pancetta-wrapped pacific scallops with “late-summer shelling beans, tromboncino, [a summer squash], and blossom.”

Guy Kugel, who was GM and sommelier at Christine Keff’s Flying Fish for almost 10 years, is taking over the wine program at Altura. The list will include local wines along with some Old World stuff. The prix fixe menus—three, four, and five courses are available—come with wine pairing options at each price point (see details in slideshow).

Altura opens Wednesday, October 5 for service. Reservation information is on its website.

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