Un Bel Giorno

June 15, 2017
By Tamara Thomson

For those of you who have never been to an Ethan Stowell restaurant let me tell you, they are fantastic. I’m always amazed at how delicious, incredibly fresh yet simple the dishes are but the simplicity does not hinder the flavor or integrity of the dish one bit. It’s just a testament to how wonderful this beloved local chef is at doing what he does best.   IMG_4508 The Happy Hour Pappardelle: ragu, chili, mint and Grana Padano.

Ethan Stowell’s original Tavolata opened in Belltown in 2007 and it marked the first modern Italian eatery in the Stowell Restaurant Empire. After opening a handful of other very successful restaurant’s in the Seattle area the ERS family decided it was time to recreate this immensely popular restaurant and lucky for us they decided to build it right here on Capitol Hill.IMG_4510The beautiful 16 ft. maple communal table.

Located right on the corner of Pike and Summit at 501 E. Pike St. this latest version of Tavolata Capitol Hill is nestled into a 2,600sq. ft. space in the newly renovated Dunn Automotive Building. The interior features floor to ceiling windows (giving the restaurant lots of natural light), an open inviting kitchen and bar with adequate barstool seating, rows of beautiful wood booths that accentuate the centerpiece of the dining room, a beautiful 16ft. maple communal table. (Tavolata does mean table in Italian after all). In addition to a spectacularly beautiful and sleek interior the new Tavolata also comes equipped with a cozy outdoor patio perfect for sitting in the hot sun on those beautiful summer nights and great for people watching. IMG_4511

We (Myself and our very own Leasing Consultant, Nicole Nixon Hacker) found ourselves at Tavolata during their amazing daily Happy Hour which takes place on the patio or in the bar nightly from 5-7 p.m. and again from 10-11 p.m. Just like the original Tavolata, it’s all about the pasta and the happy hour menu definitely reflects this, offering 4 different generous pasta choices at a steal for $9 a dish: Rigatoni with spicy sausage, spaghetti with your choice of meatball (chicken, pork or anchovy), pappardelle with ragu and gnocchi with tomato and mozzarella. Also featured on the Happy Hour menu: a chef’s selection salumi board for $7, the house favorite smoked fish bruschetta for $8, glasses of wine for $5 (red, white, rose and prosecco), $4 beer (3 options to choose from) and $6 cocktail specials. Now, I could go on and on about how much I love Ethan Stowell’s restaurants (Tavolata in particular) and how great their Happy Hours are but the best way for you to find out would be to experience their excellence yourself.IMG_4509Our lovely Pike Motorworks Leasing Consultant, Nicole Nixon Hacker.

IMG_4504Lot’s of outdoor seating on the patio.