Seattle >> IL Fornaio - Seattle
Roasted meats, fresh pasta, gorgeous salads and a fine wine list make this large airy and comfortable room a fine stop any time of day. They are also great community partners frequently hosting parties for both SIFF and the Jewish Film Festival.
Avoid going if you can:(. We received a discount to go from our season's tickets at the Paramount and so after years of walking by we ventured in and never will again. We felt it was overpriced in comparsion to restaurants around it. The service was poor. If we would have been asked how our food was I would have sent it back. Unfortunately, there was no time before the show started to eat elsewhere by that time. We both left hungry, my husband with a stomachache and having to pay a $70 bill with only a glass of wine each. Even the bread wasn't that great:(. You only learn by trying it once.
Looks Great, Less Thrilling. At the upstairs restaurant there's great bread, OK atmosphere and service, lousy food and inflated bills. We ordered two $9.50/glass wines and returned both; those were terrible at any price. Salads were bland despite beautiful fresh-looking ingredients. Entrees looked great and tasted insipid. Lasagna Ferranese was high on "comfort" but lacked the burst of flavors promised by the menu. Ravioli Verdura tasted only of chard and overly-acidic tomato sauce, though artichoke chunks rocked. Manager claimed we ordered poorly, that restaurant was obligated to offer lasagna and something for vegans but these were not strong entrees. We ate only a couple bites then went to another restaurant to eat -- honest!! We won't be back.
Fabulous Gnocchi deserve better service.
We still go back to the downstairs cafe because of the Quattro Fromaggi Gnocchi...They are heavenly.
But every time we swear we'll never return because of the poor service, not once have we felt comfortable. They make you wait for no reason, or they seat you on top of another table, the bussing staff throws stuff at you, the food takes forever...Once complained to the manager about the wait while some tables were open. He talked to us about their policy and all kinds of other uninteresting stuff, basically he didn't care and wouldn't even apologize...He was rude.
This time it will take us a while before we'll decide to go back...They have the worst service in town !!!
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