Seattle >Food & Dining > La Fontana Sicilana
120 Blanchard St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.612747 -122.345028
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
Great, friendly service and tasty food – I took my date here for a little Valentine's Day dinner this week. I was pleasantly surprised to find the courtyard out front and thought it made for a romantic entry to the restaurant. I was a bit unpleasantly surprised by the size of the restaurant (it's tiny!) and I didn't expect it to be so quiet and intimate. If you're looking for a place that's more fun and loud, head to Mamma Melina's, but this place is perfect if you want to focus on the romantic aspect. The service is AMAZING...my date wanted something that wasn't on the menu and our waiter told us (in a thick Italian accent), "I didn't think they would, but I pushed them and pushed them, and they finally gave in. They will make it for you." Overall, the staff is very friendly and the food itself was delicious. Again, be prepared for the quiet, intimate atmosphere and the small dining room.
Wow. – That's all I can say. It's not really creative I know, but words inadequately describe the magnificence of this ristorante. La Fontana does to Italian food what gelatto does to ice cream. After eating here, you won't settle ever again for anything less. When I entered into the courtyard, I was a little hestant as to why a restaurant was tucked away like this. Now I understand. It's romantic, secluded, intoxicatingly delicious. I would recommend steering away from the white cream sauces, because there is so much more on the menu that is interesting, bold and unique. You can get a cream sauce just about anywhere, but you can't get food like this anywhere else. Also, don't be shy or polite in saying "Let's just order one dessert and share it." because you are afraid your date will think you are a pig. Order one for each you because the homemade Tiramisu sets a new standard. If you share it with someone else, you will feel gypped.
Very romantic – This restaurant is very cute. Perfect for a date or just a fun dinner with a small group. It is very small however, so make reservations or be prepared to wait a bit.
Quality service, tasty antipasti and delicious desserts are the hallmarks of this intimate Italian bistro. – The Scene
A black iron pergola leads to this ristorante tucked away off Blanchard Street and named for its courtyard fountain. Exposed brick and walls painted to resemble old plaster amplify the sensation of stepping into an Italian trattoria. The servers are attentive but do not hover; glasses stay filled and dinner courses arrive at a respectable pace.
Begin with the soup of the day--a touch of mascarpone enhances the flavors in a cream of mushroom soup. Dentice alla Siciliano (snapper with olives and capers) is tender, but drowning in sauce. Goat cheese provides a delightful contrast to the sweet sauce that accompanies lamb tenderloin with figs and marsala. For dessert, the hand-painted marzipan delights with an enticing blend of cinnamon and cloves.
beautiful evening out – good food, good wine from a really unusual wine list, pretty interior, nice service, good dining all-around! There aren't enough good italian restaurants in the city, and this is a treat.
A big disappointment – My wife and I went to celebrate our anniversary and decided to choose this place, it always looked like a great place when passing by. Unfortunately, it was just lacking of what we were looking for, a romantic place with great Italian food. Both of our dishes were barely interesting, I honestly believe that we could have done better @ home. The ravioli with mushroom cream sauce was void of any real flavor, my wife had the risotto in saffron cream sauce, also lacking in any flavor. It wasn't horrible, but it was just a big bummer. There are too many other good place to dine in Seattle
Best Restaurant in Seattle – This is easily my favorite restaurant in Seattle. My husband and I have been coming here for years to celebrate almost all of our special occasions, or just to spoil ourselves. Marco, the headwaiter and manager, should be cloned. He is fantastic and makes your mouth water with his descriptions of the dishes on the menu. The food is amazing, especially the tortollini gorgonzola and the risotto specials they often have. They also have a great selection of Sicilian wines.
The entire experience is a refreshing change from the bustling, trendy restaurants of Belltown and Downtown Seattle. You feel like part of the family when you walk in the door.
Best Food EVER! – My boyfriend and I have been coming to this restaurant since we first moved to Seattle four years ago and have decided that it is the best italian food we've ever had. The waiters are always attentive and know what they are talking about. The food continues to blow my mind I am always full and happy whenever I leave there. I would recommend this place to anyone-and I have been!
The best meal I've had in years – I had this chicken prosuito thing with capers and veggies on the side. I thought I'd died woken up in heaven. One bite and I finally understood Italian Opera singers: If I had this stuff to eat everyday: I would both look and sing like Pavarotti. It's great!!
Love this place – Hands down, my favorite Italian in town. The service reminds me of being in Rome...you sit down, you tell the waiter what you're in the mood for, and you trust him to bring you something amazing. Some people love to scan through menus...that's not my kinda thing at all. All I want to do is sit back and enjoy, and the folks here have never once let me down. On numerous occassions, they've accomodated a large party, never once missing a beat. I'd go back any day.
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