Il Fornaio Seattle
I went to the Il Fornaio restaurant in Downtown Seattle last night for their happy hour. Their happy hour went until 6:30. I do not know what my thoughts were of Il Fornaio before I got there. I have been there before, but it’s in a mall (Pacific Place), it’s a chain from I presume California and I am a little prejudice against that whole situation. So I entered from the street level and went upstairs to the bar area and it was packed. A friend of mine had grabbed a table in the bar area. We happened to be near a buffet table filled with free appetizers: bread with a spinach dip, bread with baked tomatoes and a slice of cheese, and crackers with baked brie. (I was told the appetizers vary at happy hour depending on the day). I ordered a beer which was $3 during happy hour, and then looked at the menu. Everything was $5 on the happy hour food menu. We ordered a pizza, which was their full size pizza with sausage etc. Our other friend called and said he was on his way but he was going to miss happy hour so before 6:30 we ordered calamari and carpaccio (thinly sliced raw beef with thinly sliced parmesan cheese). Out of the appetizers and the three things we ordered, my favorite was the carpaccio.
My friend thinks it may be the best happy hour in downtown Seattle and Belltown area. I do not know if I agree, although I think you get a lot for what you pay for for a happy hour in Downtown Seattle. Overall, it was a good experience and I would go again for happy hour.
Il Fornaio is in Downtown Seattle at the northwest corner of Pacific Place Mall and can be entered from the street.
Address: 600 Pine Street
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4:30-6:30
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Last night, I went to a fun event at Seatown, Tom Douglas’s new restaurant across from the Pike Place Market and Victor Steinbrueck Park. At the event they were serving some appetizers. I tried a wing and then later I tried a finger sandwich which was the sage rubbed turkey. But then it came, I could swear a moon beam came through the window and shined on this sandwich. There it sat on the counter, cut up in about 6 slices: the Reuben. Admittedly, I am a fan of Rubens, so I made my way over to it across the crowded room talking to people on the way. I started getting nervous though because as I made my way over there the 6 finger sandwiches quickly was down to 3 but after a few hellos I made it over with 2 left. Like I said I am a fan of the Reuben, so I expected to like it….but man was that sandwich good. I feel sorry for anyone who wanted the last finger sandwich, because I ate that one too. (Don’t worry more came out). Technically, I do not think the sandwich was a Reuben rather a pastrami sandwich, but to me I will just call it a darn fantastic sandwich. The only problem is when I looked online at the menu today, I realized it was a happy hour sandwich, which you would think is good, but in this case it is not because they change those sandwiches daily. All I would say, if you find yourself in the Pike Place Market, poke your head into Seatown and ask if the Reuben or pastrami sandwich is being served, and if the answer is yes, tell them you will take two.