Trattoria Cioppino Now Open in Seattle’s Green Lake Neighborhood

A new Italian restaurant has opened in Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood. Offering a casual dining experience with elegant food, Trattoria Cioppino is open for lunch and dinner service. Serving great home made pastas as well as traditional Italian fair, Chef Riccardo Simeone welcomes you to his neighborhood restaurant.

Seattle, WA, July 21, 2011 --( Trattoria Cioppino, Seattle’s newest Italian dining destination, opened their doors for business at the beginning of June. Chef and co-owner Riccardo Simeone (sim-ee-oh-knee) spent the month of June perfecting his timing and recipes and released a new menu the first week of July.

“I was finally able to source some good organic flour and perfect my recipes,” Simeone says. “The soft opening allowed me to experiment with my pastas and try out new techniques.”

Located at the north end of Green Lake in a former World Wraps storefront, Simeone and co-owner Silvia McDowell have transformed a drab space into a casual dining spot with elegant and affordable food.

By its very definition, a trattoria is an informal dining establishment akin to a bistro or café. The fantastic, quick to prepare food is perfect for a full lunch or dinner, an afternoon snack with a glass of wine, or a perfectly crafted dessert with an espresso.

Hailing from Gaeta, Italy (located midway between Rome and Naples in the province of Lazio) Chef Simeone spent his youth working in kitchens throughout Italy. Upon arriving in the States in 1993, he perfected his kitchen skills in Las Vegas and Seattle, including stints with Cucina Cucina and Barolo. Most recently Chef Simeone ventured to the Washington D.C. environs to open the Buddha Bar there. After surviving an East Coast winter, he concluded that appeal of Seattle was too great and that he must head home to open his own place.

His business partner (and pantry cook) Silvia McDowell found the North Green Lake location and with a bit of imagination, paint, and marble they transformed the fast food restaurant into a casual 40-seat dining destination.

“Green Lake is wonderful,” says McDowell. “It’s close to where I live in Greenwood and the neighborhood itself is so dynamic and friendly. We’ve heard from our neighbors that there was a real need for a new place, so our timing is perfect.”

Though Chef Simeone’s birthplace is near the center of Rome, his culinary influences explore all of Italy, embracing Tuscany, Sicily, Sardinia, as well as his homeland of Lazio.

Home made and inventive pastas are a passion for the chef. He constantly strives to find new combinations of flavors that marry well on the dish. He makes Cavatelli, multiple flavors of gnocchi, as well as raviolis on a marble-topped workspace in his kitchen. He is working with a local craftsman in designing a new table where he can make pastas in the dining room during the daytime. In the near future, he will sell pre-packaged pastas that he has created for people to take home and cook themselves. Along with his signature marinara sauce, one will have the option of enjoying dinner at Trattoria Cioppino or taking Trattoria Cioppino home with them.

The vast menu includes both the familiar and inventive. Trattoria Cioppino features the same menu (with few changes) both for lunch and dinner.

For appetizers, one can enjoy Crispy Calamari with Prawns, Zucchini, and Granny Smith Apples; Lemon-Butter Prawns; as well as a delightful Prosciutto and Marinated Fig Crostini or a Portobello Mushroom and Crab Patty.

Lunchtime selections include a Watermelon Salad with Aged Ricotta and a Raspberry Dressing as well as a Portobello Mushroom Sandwich with Spicy Strawberry Jam and Goat Cheese.

Pasta highlights include a section devoted exclusively to pastas made in house including a variety of raviolis, Spinach Gnocchi with Prawns and Bottarga, and a Duck Ragu Cavatelli.

Living up to the restaurant’s namesake, a Rich and Robust Cioppino is offered to fulfill any seafood lover’s desires. With Manila Clams, Penn Cove Mussels, calamari, and so much more in the chef’s tomato broth, the seafood “stew” is a crowd-pleaser. Chef Simeone includes Free-Range Chicken, Natural Angus Beef Tenderloin (with a Garlic-Rosemary Truffle Butter,) as well as Veal Porcini, and Chicken Marsala.

Not to be outdone, the desserts made in house include the familiar (a quite light Tiramisu and a Seasonal Crème Brulee) as well as the “BDCIS,” a secret recipe cheesecake that Chef Simeone guards closely.

Trattoria Cioppino also offers a FP/HP (full portion/half price,) their version of “Happy Hour” with discounted pricing on a full range of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. The FP/HP runs Tuesday through Sunday from 3 pm to 5:30 pm.

The full menu is available at the restaurant’s website:

FAQs about Trattoria Cioppino:
7900 East Green Lake Drive North Suite 107
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-526-7900

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm
Dinner: Tuesday through Sunday from 4 pm to 10 pm

FP/HP (full portion/half price): Tuesday through Sunday from 3 pm to 5:30 pm
Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages are available.

Wheelchair accessible.

Kid friendly.

Reservations not required for parties up to four. Parties of six or more are highly recommended to book in advance, as space is limited.

Trattoria Cioppino
Erik Brisbin