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A smaller Italian restaurant, Mercato Stellina, opened December 1st less than a block from the north end of Pike Place Market. It creates a diverse compliment to its neighbors in the same building: the long-established and fine seafood restaurant Cutters Crabhouse, and Mercato Stellina’s also newly-opened sister restaurant Chavez, which serves Mexican food.

Mercato Stellina has an intimate feel: the narrow galley shape of the space, low lighting, sophisticated high-end music, and the combination of tables and counters, some at which you can directly watch chefs/cooks as they prepare your dish. Seated at another counter, you can sometimes glimpse head pasta maker Joe Obaya creating fresh pasta for the restaurant through a glass pane. He has worked extensively in the restaurant business, doing his internship at the Herb Farm after culinary school years ago and now exclusively forms pasta for both Mercato Stellina as well as Cantinetta’s two locations. Last summer, Joe spent time in different areas of Italy researching and shopping for good Italian pasta-making machines and also studying techniques used by generations of pasta makers in the little town of Lecco.

Mercato Stellina’s Tagliatelle and also Sausage Pizza.   All photos:  Alethea Myers

Some of the ingredients on the menu are somewhat adventurous, such as utilizing unusual seeds grown at Steel Wheel Farm in Fall City, WA for pickled watermelon pieces (similar to sharp chutney) which accompanies honey on the burrata cheese antipasti. Or giant Alaskan octopus, cracked raw egg, rabbit, and toasted grasshopper, all featured on different pizzas or pasta.

Aspects of the menu will be changing out 4-5 times per year depending on the season, including some cocktails, and eventually may include a special Market Menu that features specials of the day. If you live in this zip code or work in the restaurant industry, you can receive 10% off your bill with their Neighborhood Discount. A 20% service charge is added in lieu of tip.

Ever notice the colorful lights in Etta’s Seafood restaurant? And did you know there’s a lunch card deal for us regulars?

Named after the daughter (Loretta) of local restaurateur force-of-nature Tom Douglas and wife/partner Jackie Cross, Etta’s is located a ½ block north of Pike Place Market on Western Avenue. Set against a backdrop of mostly black and brown tones, colorful lights from Kasala (located a few blocks away) illuminate and highlight the interior space of the restaurant. A definite bright spot on an overcast Fall or winter day.

Dining there is also a highlight: all food and most drinks are locally sourced from the Northwest. They even cure and smoke their own meat and seafood, often purchased from Pike Place Market. Fresh vegetables from their farm in Prosser, WA, are prepared and served on their menu during the growing season, which is May through November. Certain menu items shift in a subtle way to match that month’s bounty. Vegetables currently being featured and where they originated from (along with some fun drawings) are sketched on their chalkboard near the front entrance. Below that, Tom’s autographed cookbooks are displayed for sale, and multi-colored, fish-shaped chewy candies invite you to take a spoonful. The True Cod Fish and hand cut Chips accompanied by a unique, good coleslaw, are definitely worth repeating, and the Dungeness crab cakes are excellent.

Chalkboard inside Etta’s front door, as well as autographed cookbooks, food rubs, and candies.   All photos: Alethea Myers
The lunch card.

For those of us who frequently eat lunch here, you can request an Etta’s lunch card, which your wait person or manager will initial at the end of each visit. After purchasing 10 lunches, your 11th one is free. That’s a significant savings, and a good incentive to keep returning.

Seattle Restaurant Week is coming soon, October 15th through November 2nd, in which 165+ local restaurants offer 2-3 course lunches for $18, and 3-course dinners for $33. Etta’s is participating in this event, and you can view their special menu here.

 

 

Believe it or not, Summer is almost at an end, though we hope the sunshine decides to stay a while! But, it ain’t over till it’s over, as they say, and there’s still lots of fun to be had, especially at the 4th annual Belltown Crush Block Party!

 

Belltown’s favorite summertime bash is going on this year at Bell Street Park and promises to be a blast!

 

Enjoy tastes of fabulous locally crafted wines and beers and scrumptious bites from Pintxo, Mama’s Cantina, Road Dawg, and Belltown Brewing.

 

Sip and savor your way through the festival while enjoying live tunes and don’t miss out on the grape stomping competition, to really get you into the spirit of the event and the summer. It’s a local favorite!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 26th from 2-5PM. Advanced tickets are $25 with proceeds going to benefit Plymouth Housing Group.

 

This marvelous event is co-sponsored by Seattle Uncorked, Project Belltown, and the Belltown Business Association.

Be sure to join in on the fun in the sun, celebrate our vibrant community and support a great cause.  It’s the perfect way to spend your Saturday and send Summertime out in style!

Read more about the event and get tickets by clicking the links below.

Food and art events are the name of the game for things to do in Belltown in May! Check out some of our featured favorites…

May 3: Cinerama Anime Festival Closing Night
12pm | Cinerama
Seattle Cinerama is completing its first ever Anime Movie Festival on May 3rd. Now through the last day, get your tickets for films such as Ponyo, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Pom Poko and more. Tickets are $16 for each showing, and reserved seating is available. In honor of the event, the nearby Tom Douglas restaurant TanakaSan is offering a special menu inspired by the anime films.  

May 4: Free Tour of The Paramount Theatre
10am – 11:30am | The Paramount Theatre
On the first Saturday of each month, The Paramount Theatre offers free tours of its historic facilities. This month, the tour is from 10 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. on May 4th. Meet in the main entrance of the theatre by 10 a.m. to participate.

May 6: Pizza Class
9:50am – 11:30am | Serious Pie Virginia
Serious Pie on Virginia Street is offering a pizza class on Saturday, May 6th. Learn about the pizza and ingredients used at Serious Pie, plus get hands-on instruction and experience stretching and shaping the pizza dough, topping it with your choice of ingredients, baking and turning it to cook it perfectly, and finally, eating your ‘za with a glass of wine! Classes are limited to 12 people, and the cost is $50/person.

May 7: Foraged Feast at Tavolàta
6pm – 9pm | Tavolàta in Belltown
Tavolàta’s Sunday Dinner for this month features foraged goods, from mushrooms and nettles to ramps and sea beans! It’s perfect for springtime sampling.  This family-style dinner includes seven courses. Dinner is at 6 p.m., and the meal is $75 per person. Reservations are required, so call 206-838-8008 to reserve your spot.

May 9: Fresh off the Farm Bale Breaker Dinner
6pm – 9pm | Dahlia Lounge
Experience the ultimate farm-to-table dinner on Tuesday, May 9th at Dahlia Lounge, with the Fresh Off the Farm Bale Breaker Dinner. This is a one-of-a-kind meal, with brews from Bale Breaker paired with dishes featuring ingredients from Tom Douglas Restaurants’ Prosser Farm. Check out the menu and beer pairings here. The cost is $60 per person, which includes tax and gratuity.  

May 5: First Friday Wine Share
6 – 8:30pm | Location TBD
Each month, a different business or individual in the neighborhood will host the monthly First Friday Wine Share. Stay tuned for May’s location. Bring a bottle of vino to share and friends welcome!

May 12: Belltown Art Walk
6 – 9pm | Belltown Community Center
Belltown’s May Art Walk begins at the Belltown Community Center then sends walkers off to local businesses, galleries, dive bars and venues to enjoy works by local artists. Start at the neighborhood community center to pick up a gallery map and snacks between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12th, and then wander throughout Belltown to check out the work of various artists and establishments participating in this monthly event.

Enjoy lots of fun in Belltown this month, with plenty of events that you won’t want to miss…

April 1: Pizza Class
9:50am – 11:30am | Serious Pie Virginia
Serious Pie on Virginia Street is offering a pizza class on Saturday, April 1st. Learn about the pizza and ingredients used at Serious Pie, plus get hands-on instruction and experience stretching and shaping the pizza dough, topping it with your choice of ingredients, baking and turning it to cook it perfectly, and finally, eating your ‘za with a glass of wine! Classes are limited to 12 people, and the cost is $50/person.

April 1: Free Tour of The Paramount Theatre
10am – 11:30am | The Paramount Theatre
On the first Saturday of each month, The Paramount Theatre offers free tours of its historic facilities. This month, the tour is from 10 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. on April 1st. Meet in the main entrance of the theatre by 10 a.m. to participate.

April 2: Lamb Feast at Tavolàta
6pm – 9pm | Tavolàta in Belltown
Coming up on April 2nd, Tavolàta’s Sunday Dinner for this month is … lamb! This family-style dinner includes eight courses, plus a delicious dessert of rhubarb crostata. There will be some yummy lamb dishes such as lamb tartare, pickled lamb heart, lamb meatball, lamb T-bone, and Calabrian chili brined lamb leg. Dinner is at 6 p.m., and the meal is $85 per person. Reservations are required, so call 206-838-8008 to reserve your spot.

April 2-6 & 9-13: Seattle Restaurant Week at Belltown Restaurants
Dinner | Belltown Restaurants
Several Belltown restaurants are participating in this season’s Seattle Restaurant Week, with three courses for $32: AQUA by El Gaucho, Belltown Brewing, Dahlia Lounge, El Gaucho, Local 360, Lola, Mama’s Cantina, Orfeo, Palace Kitchen, TanakaSan, Tavolàta, and WASABI.

April 5: Yakima Valley AVA Dinner
6pm – 9pm | Dahlia Lounge
Dahlia Lounge’s monthly AVA dinners continue, with the fourth installment of the series featuring wines from the Yakima Valley. Chef Brock Johnson is preparing some delicious dishes to pair with wines from our friends at Chinook Winery, Côte Bonneville, Owen Roe and Two Mountain – all wonderful wineries who source their grapes from the Yakima Valley. The cost is $95 per person, includes tax and gratuity.

April 7: First Friday Wine Share
6 – 8:30pm | Location TBD
Each month, a different business or individual in the neighborhood will host the monthly First Friday Wine Share. Stay tuned for April’s location. Bring a bottle of vino to share and friends welcome!

April 14: Belltown Art Walk
6 – 9pm | Belltown Community Center
Belltown’s April Art Walk begins at the Belltown Community Center then sends walkers off to local businesses, galleries, dive bars and venues to enjoy works by local artists. Start at the neighborhood community center to pick up a gallery map and snacks between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14th, and then wander throughout Belltown to check out the work of various artists and establishments participating in this monthly event.

April 25: Cinerama Anime Festival Kick-off
12pm | Cinerama
Seattle Cinerama is hosting its first ever Anime Movie Festival, starting April 25th and running through May 3rd, with twenty three titles including many fan favorites. Tickets are $16 for each showing, and reserved seating is available. In honor of the event, the nearby Tom Douglas restaurant TanakaSan is offering a special menu inspired by the anime films.