Two houses dating back to the 1850s in Ballard were renovated to play home to this rustic, inviting Italian eatery named for a monastery where young chef Sam West stayed in the homeland.
Address: 5341 Ballard Ave N.W.
Phone number: 206-342-1530
Number of seats: 50 inside, 40 outside
Entrée price range: $18-$36
Popular dishes: Duck confit salad with fried leeks, market greens, preserved lemon vinaigrette, pears and pine nuts; saffron spaghetti and Bolognese sauce with pork, veal, fennel, rosemary and tomato; farinata — chickpea flatbread, olive oil and house cagliata (cheese curd); chicory salad; olive oil cake.
What others say: “Pasta dishes are especially appealing. There’s a hint of rosemary in the fennel-sweetened Bolognese sauce. Made with pork and veal, the sauce is usually served with saffron spaghetti — unless they run out. All the pasta is made in-house, and the saffron-infused noodles require a longer lead time than most.” — Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times