Seattle >Food & Dining > Bizzarro Italian Cafe
1307 N 46th St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.662054 -122.341731
Monday To Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Wallingford, Lake Union
happiness in a bowl – Fantastik, wonderful, we were so happy to have spent our modest dollars at this well run and exciting restaurant. unbelievable prices for such great and exciting meals. we watched as each table would observe what the next table had ordered and all of us excited to see what the next dish would be.....the 2 of us will make this a must go destination as long as these fine people keep serving such wonderful bites.
"Last Meal" Quality Italian Fare – This place would be on my shortlist for my "last meal!" My boyfriend and I always pick Bizzarro's for any occasion that requires celebration - promotion, birthdays, anniversaries. When people ask us "where to eat when we're in Seattle" we always recommend Bizzarro's. The 'Forest Floor Frenzy' is AMAZING! I always order this dish and have never been disappointed. My boyfriend always gets something else which is predictably fabulous. The wines are amazing and they have a heavenly chocolate cake dessert (cannot remember exact name) which is great paired with a Port. They have an excellent wine menu to boot! But the best thing is the decor - it's whimsical, creative and entertaining. I think this is one of the best decorated restaurants in the city. This is the perfect date spot!
Favorite Restaurant in Seattle – I've been to Bizzarro numerous times and leave the restaurant each time happy and content. I was born in Italy and have inherently developed very high expectations for Italian food. I have not come across a pair of such Italian gems as Bizzarro and Tutta Bella for pasta and pizza respectively before in the US and both of these restaurants are within a couple of blocks of each other! Whereas Tutta Bella offers authentic Neapolitan pizza, Bizzarro isn't as authentic in ambience or menu as it is on the quality of the pasta. What I mean is that the types of pasta sauces on offer would probably be considered quite liberal in Italy; however each one I have tried has been amazing. In particular, the ribboned pasta with white truffle sauce is delectable and hard to forego on each visit. The ambience is warm and, at the risk of sounding like a girl, cozy, and the walls are adorned with strange and misplaced mementos fit to inspire Lewis Carroll. I have found the prices to be very reasonable, the service excellent, and the wait staff pleasant and humorous. Keep in mind that even the finest Italian meal might not be everyone's cup of tea. If you're like one of the previous reviewers and feel the need to blast Bizzarro because it doesn't offer spaghetti, its probably time to look into your first trip to Bella Italia. I took a friend to Bizzarro recently, and, well, let's just say his idea of Italian dining is lasagna at Olive Garden. Needless to say, he did not appreciate the restaurant. I guess even the finest things in life attract criticism.
good man – Man this place wah so tight i took my girlie there and we had all this bomb and good experience friend. man we had some wine and cheese man, it wasn't like anything new but still. We had all salami and cakes man. There was a lot of beans in one of the dishes so that was real tight. Man, if i had wonna these in my house that would be tight. This place is the bomb right next to Mashed Potato Melissa's on Broadway and John downtown.
Second Visit - Won't return - Marginal Value – It's my second visit to Bizzara. The atmosphere is good, the service is good, and the food is tasty and well-prepared. The problem is that the portions are very small and the prices are very high. A $25+ salmon meal had 5 ounces of salmon (8-10 bites max) and 5 shoots of asparagus, and 2 tablespoons of pesto. All pasta portions were small, including the small bowls of soup. Party of 4 cost $140 with 1/2 carafe of house wine that was average at best. Restaurant has nice location and atmosphere, but it lacks value.
Don't expect your usual Italian dinner – Went to Bizarro two weeks ago with my brother and a friend. It was Tuesday night, so we were able to get a table right away. We started with some wine and a great salami antipasto. I had the linguini with clams and pancetta, my brother had the lamb shank, and my friend had the pasta with kale. I sampled the other two and both were great. My own meal was fantastic. I loved the fresh pasta and the light broth and lots of clams. The portions were just right. For dessert, we had the chocolate vesuvius - warm espresso/chocolate cake with espresso ice cream. Overall, great food, great service, and great atmosphere. This place is also kid friendly. There were two tables behind us with kids, but we barely noticed them
This quirky, kitsch-filled Italian bistro is a Wallingford institution. – In Short
This spot features a jovial staff and appropriately bizarre collection of offbeat antiques dangling from the ceiling. The small, vibrant space retains its regulars with pasta like the Ravioli di Zucca, a squash dish that includes touches of nutmeg tossed in a sage butter sauce and topped with spicy candied pecans. A wine list, daily rotating incarnations of lasagna, and a dessert menu are also available. Feel good about eating here: their menu boasts a 300 mile range, which is to say the majority of thier ingredients come from only 300 miles away.
DELICIOUS food, great service, wonderful ambiance – I took my boyfriend there last night to celebrate his birthday after hearing about Bizzaro's from a few coworkers. We loved it! He had a lamb shank that was perfectly cooked, and I had gnocchi in a braised pork sauce. We had a fantastic bruschetta appetizer, and I had the most delicious apple hazlenut salad as well. The service was great. We plan on going back with my boyfriend's parents when they visit next weekend!
Excellent Valentine's Day Dinner – My wife and I tried Bizzarro for the first time yesterday for V-Day and had a very pleasant experience. Since we had a reservation, there was no wait. The atmosphere combined with the excellent fresh food reminded me of the many great San Francisco restaurants we enjoyed during our time in SF. The wine list could be broader but we still found something decent for a reasonable price. In the end we had a four course meal with a bottle of wine for a very good deal. We will definitely be back!
Finally Italian food that's really Italian – I happened upon this unusual place totally by accident and thank heavens for that. Being a chef/caterer, I'm always looking for new food experiences and this is one of the best. The atmosphere is fun, inviting, warm, and yet somehow intimate. The food, however, is the star of the show. Aside from being beautifully plated and presented by an amazing staff, the cuisine here is Italy in all it's color and flavor. This is so far the only truly authentic Italian food I've found in my 2 years in Seattle. The combinations of flavors and the delicate balances that can be found here cover not only those regions of Italy we are all familiar with, but they also highlight the a diversity that is Italy. Italian food is not all pizza and spaghetti, it is so much more. Chef's use of fish, lamb and local fresh produce highlight his understanding that not everything must swim in heavy tomato sauce. The pasta was tender and tasty. The portions perfect. The wine list was also quite nice and the staff knowledgeable If I were told that I could eat only the food from one country or my life would end, it would undoubtedly be Italy and I could only hope that Chef Mike Easton would do the honors. Bravisimo Chef, bravisimo.
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