Ethan Stowell's Rione XIII Opens Tonight

The ever-expanding chef turns his attentions to Rome in his new 15th Avenue trattoria.

By Allecia Vermillion August 21, 2012


The logo is inspired by the Roman neighborhood of the same name. Photo via Instagram.

 The word from the Ethan Stowell camp: the chef’s latest, Roman trattoria Rione XIII opens right on Capitol Hill. The restaurant shares the former Tilden space at 15th Avenue E and E Harrison Street with Heather Earnhardt’s forthcoming restaurant, the Wandering Goose. The space is somewhat reminiscent of his Staple and Fancy in Ballard—roll-up front windows, exposed brick, old wood and a large open kitchen.

The 38-seat restaurant takes its name from Rome’s 13th district and its great many restaurants; Stowell and his wife Angela have eaten their way around various parts of Italy, and the chef was particularly enamored with the crackery-thin Roman-style street pizza.

Chef Brandon Kirksey came over from Tavolàta to run the kitchen; while he will still be doing whole-animal cooking in his new gig, the popular Sunday night family-style dinners he put on at Tavolàta will stay put.

In addition to the pizza, Rione’s menu has other Roman-leaning dishes, like fried artichokes, an antipasto cart, and classic pasta dishes like carbonara, bucatini Amatriciana, and gnocchi, but Stowell says a major signature dish at the restaurant will be tonnarelli cacio e pepe, tossed tableside. A short list of entrees includes sweetbreads with artichoke, lemon and capers, veal saltimbocca, and oxtails cooked in tomato.

As of today, the restaurant is open weekdays for lunch (11:30-2:30) and seven nights a week from 5 to 11.

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