That’s the first word that popped into my head when I stepped into Cafe Pettirosso, a warm and inviting eatery on Capitol Hill where you can exhale and leave the bustling street behind.
The cafe is owned by sisters Miki and Yuki Sodos, who also own the popular Bang Bang Cafe in Belltown. The sisters have brought their welcoming touch to the recently remodeled space, fashioning a menu that includes options for vegans and omnivores alike.
You could spend an entire day here and watch it morph from coffee shop to lunch spot to lively restaurant and bar.
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All and all, a wonderful place for getting in touch with your thoughts, laughing with friends or meeting up with a first date.
The menu: Eclectic fixed menu and daily specials. For breakfast: baked goods and unusual breakfast bagel combinations, such as fried tofu, slaw and soba sauce ($5.75); hummus with roasted eggplant and feta ($4.50); and cured salmon and cream cheese ($5.95). Breakfast plates include tofu scramble with coconut curry ($9.50), and brioche French toast stuffed with winter squash and ricotta ($8.25).
Lunch has the breakfast offerings, plus soba noodles with seasoned greens and a fried duck egg ($12) or with tofu and roasted vegetables ($9.95). Sandwiches feature roasted chicken ($7.50); beef brisket with pesto, peppers and grilled onions ($8.75); and albacore tuna ($9.25).
Dinner builds on the lunch menu, adding shepherd’s pie ($12), roasted chicken breast ($16), grilled quail ($17.95), and more.
The portions are modest but filling.
What to write home about: The brisket sandwich was lovely, with a deep, earthy taste that contrasted nicely with the sweet baguette.
The setting: A clean, comfortable airy space with seating for about 45, with tables for four and two, and solo seating at the bar.
Summing up: A large bowl of potato leek soup ($5), a brisket sandwich ($8.75), spinach quiche ($7.95) and an Americano ($2.55) came to $31.55, including tax and tip.
Susan Kelleher: 206-464-2508 or email@example.com. On Twitter @susankelleher.