Happy Hour at Artusi- Fall 2014

September 30, 2014
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It’s fall and the time to come indoors. With the cooler weather and darker evenings upon us, there are many delicious reasons why it makes sense to make your way to Artusi with Happy Hour chiefly among them.  From 5-7 pm and 10pm to closing, everyday of the week, you’ll find our award-winning selection of cocktails offered at $6. New favorites include the Bartender’s Choice of Amaro & Soda or the ever-popular, classic Gin & Tonic.

For the perfect nibbles, try our Roasted hazelnuts with controne chile & muscovado sugar for $3. And as a bigger bite, we love the Chilled calamari salad with lovage, fennel and orange vinaigrette for $5 and the Chilled sweet and sour zucchini with cocoa nibs and parsley for $7.

 

3-Year Celebration This Weekend

June 3, 2014
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The corner of 14th Avenue and Pine Street will be lively this weekend as Artusi celebrates its third-year anniversary.  From Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8 fans of Chef Jason Stratton’s casual Italian aperitivo bar will celebrate with an array of revelry options including a 6-course menu that includes favorite dishes from all three years and gift card giveaways.

Artusi’s 6-course dinner will be $65 per person (+ tax and gratuity) with an optional $35 wine pairing. (*Menu subject to change depending on ingredient availability)  Reservation available online or at (206) 678-2516

ANNIVERSARY MENU*
Shaved porcini & egg salad with salsa Apicius (The first dish of Artusi- 2011)
2012 Gavi di Gavi Brut – Broglia, Piedmont

Pappa alla fragole: Tuscan style chilled tomato, strawberry and bread soup
2013 Il Rose’ di Casnova- La Spinetta, Tuscany

Tonnarelli with local crawfish, pistachio and lemon (2013)
2012 Etna Bianco- Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Sicily

Braised duck with figs and hazelnuts (2012)
2009 Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco, Piedmont

Quadrello di bufala with wild greens
2012 Moscato d’ Asti, G. Pellisero, Piedmont

Marsala pannacotta with mascarpone, chocolate and espresso
NV Marsala, Curatolo Arini, Sicily

WIN A GIFT CARD
During the anniversary weekend celebration, guests who purchase a cocktail will receive a coaster with their drink and three lucky guests will find a special “golden coaster” to win a gift card for use at Artusi or Spinasse (one coaster per person, per visit). A $100 gift card will be handed out on both Friday and Saturday nights (June 6 and 7) and on Sunday night (June 8), someone will win a $250 gift card.

See you there!

The Barkeepers- A Chat with Adam Fortuna

April 12, 2014
by artusi

Want to know what makes Adam Fortuna, our Beverage Director and the main man behind the bar at Artusi and Spinasse, tick?   Eater Seattle recently profiled him in The Barkeepers, “ a monthly column dedicated to the men and women who work behind some of Seattle’s hottest bars” . Learn more about Adam’s favorite cocktails, his passion for bartending, and a word or two about karaoke outings with Chef Jason Stratton.

This is a guy who knows as much about wine, as he does a good cocktail. His favorite? “I love a daiquiri, just a standard, classic, hard-shaken, simple drink, done beautifully.”

Read the interview with Adam here.

 

Adventure Awaits: Artusi’s Tasting Menus

March 21, 2014
by artusi

This month, Artusi sous chef Nico Borze and fellow cooks will be at the Dining Counter ready to create a special tasting menu just for you. No need to make a reservation; just pull up a seat, watch the cooking and prepare for a fantastic dining adventure.

Depending on how hungry you are, you’ll find a selection of three menu options: $35, $45 or $55, all of which will deliver delicious dishes from on and off the menu.  Need a great cocktail or wine to accompany your dinner? Cocktail and beverage guru, Adam Fortuna, or any of our talented bar masters will be available to make the perfect pairing.

Artusi’s reserved seating does not include the dining counter or bar.

Here are sample menus to whet your appetite. Please note that all items are subject to change based on season or chef’s whim.

$35

Chicory salad with roasted pecans, parmigiano reggiano and meyer lemon vinaigrette

Glazed veal sweetbreads with saffron, pancetta, and nettle pesto

Tonnarelli alla gricia: tonnarelli with guanciale, pecorino stagionata and black pepper

$45

Poached shigoku oyster with blood orange essence, radish and buckwheat cracker

Glazed beets with horseradish cream and coffee crisp

Roasted hazelnuts with controne chile and muscovado sugar

Tagliatelle with braised crimini mushrooms and spicy pickled pearl onions

Braised quail stuffed with speck, foie gras and rye on caramelized cabbage

$55

Poached shigoku oyster with blood orange essence, radish and buckwheat cracker

Soft poached egg with prosciutto cream, broccoli and balsamic

Roasted Veal tortellini in ginger allspice brodo

Roasted lamb chop with green garlic pan jus and grilled spring onions

Opera cake: almond sponge cake, chocolate ganache, coffee buttercream, chocolate glaze and espresso gelato

 

 

Spring Forward with Artusi’s Happy Hour

March 17, 2014
by artusi

It’s official. Spring is really happening; it’s now staying lighter longer and there’s signs of warmer days to come.  At Artusi, we’re equally excited about our spring Happy Hour menu, which is offered daily between 5-7 pm and from 10pm-close. During those hours, the crew behind the bar are pouring a really nice Italian white and red wine by the glass for $7 and $5 off a full bottle, Fernet Branca shots for $5, and $1 off all house cocktails.

If you’re hungry, Artusi sous chef, Nico Borzee, will be cooking up snacks to include: Butter fried potato chips with cilantro,  Roasted hazelnuts with Controne chile & muscovado sugar, along with some terrific salumi and cheese options that are a perfect match with a beer.

You can see the new Happy Hour menu here.  Cheers!

America’s Top 25 Bartenders

March 13, 2014
by artusi

Congratulations go out to Spinasse and Artusi’s wine and spirits guru, Adam Fortuna, who recently received the nod from The Daily Meal as one of America’s 25 Best Bartenders. With over 500,000 bartenders working in the United States, this accolade is quite a testament to Adam’s skills.

Not only does Adam produce some really delicious cocktails at Artusi, he also has a passion for wine and focuses his attention on the Italian varietals featured at both Spinasse and Artusi.   Well done, Adam!

 

Valentine’s Day Dinner Delights

February 11, 2014
by artusi

Jason and sous chef Nico Borzee have put their culinary talents together to design a delicious, 5-course menu at Artusi for Friday, February 14th.  A limited, a la carte menu will be available only at the bar.

Be sure to have one of Artusi’s noted bartenders prepare a seasonal cocktail to get you started and wine guru Adam Fortuna has assembled the perfect wines for a pairing option with the courses.

VALENTINE’S DAY 2014
$65 per person + tax and gratuity | $35 optional wine pairing
5-11 pm

Buckwheat grissini with olive butter
Hearts of palm, endive, scallop
Cauliflower, uni and Apicius crostini

Foie Gras torchon with chamomile, orange and rose jelly

Pici with duck ragu

Pork Ribs with gnocchi alla Romana, anchovy and puntarelle

Plum and chocolate crostata

Click for a reservation or call (206) 678.2516

Artusi Menu for New Year’s Eve

December 22, 2013
by artusi

 

Great food and drink are mandatory on New Year’s Eve and Chef Jason Stratton and the Artusi team are ready to deliver a delicious, multi-course dinner on this most festive evening.  For an impromptu option, a limited, a la carte menu will be available only at the bar.

If cocktails are on your celebratory agenda, you’ll find a great array of spirited specialty drinks and bubble options, too.

Artusi New Year’s Eve Menu:

Scallop Cruda with preserved matsutake

Russian salad with Dungeness crab

Tortellini in brodo

Cotechino with Lentils

Opera cake

5-courses – $60 per person + tax & gratuity
Optional Wine Pairing – $30

Click for a reservation or call (206) 678.2516

Kudos to Artusi’s Wine and Spirits Experts

December 5, 2013
by artusi

A hearty congratulations are in order to Artusi’s  beverage team, Adam Fortuna, Shattuck  Wildaner, and Tara McLaughlin.  All three recently passed the Level 1 Introductory Master Sommelier Course and Exam offered by the Master Court of Sommeliers, which is the first of four required steps to become a Master Sommelier. The program is given over a two day period with candidates receiving intensive review, instruction and training by a team of Master Sommeliers on wines and spirits knowledge, proper wine service, and blind tasting. The intent of this course is to provide wine and hospitality professionals with an extensive review of wines and spirits at the highest professional standards.

Recently, Adam was named Seattle’s Bartender of the Year on the Eater Awards, where local editors in 27 cities across the country nominated candidates for Bartender of the Year. Adam and Shattuck were both highlighted in the December issue of Seattle magazine offering advise on their favorite destinations to enjoy an adult beverage.

Tara, whom you may have read about in last month’s eflyer, has been the general manager of Rob Roy (formerly the Viceroy), spent two years at the renowned Zig Zag Café, and at the Royal Room in historic Columbia City.

With any one of these three pros behind the bar, Artusi is the perfect stop on Capitol Hill if you are looking for innovative, Italian-inspired cocktails or a great glass of wine.

New Fall Cocktail Warmers

November 6, 2013
by artusi

If you’re looking for a warm companion on a chilly fall night, swing by Artusi and try Jason and Adam’s newest cocktails.  In addition to the drinks that you know and love, there are six great new versions to try.  Check out these teasers and view the full cocktail menu here.  Let us know which is your favorite!


Sashay Away: $11
Gin, Aperol, Honey Syrup


Sour McLaughlin: $12
Reposado Tequila, Pear Brandy, Egg White, Lemon, Sugar


This Woman’s Work: $12
Strega, Mirabelle Plum Liqeuer, Lemon, Sugar