Cascina Spinasse | Loretta’s Northwesterner | Black Bottle | Tavern Law | Phoenecia

Cascina Spinasse Brings Italy to the Pacific Northwest, Not Far From AVA University District in Seattle

The Pacific Northwest is a bounty of natural ingredients. Its location right next to the ocean gives the region easy access to fresh seafood, and its fertile soil makes for equally fresh produce. Thousands of miles away, the stretch of Northern Italy known as Piedmont cultivates its own bounty: wine, chocolate, and more. The two regions converge at Cascina Spinasse, a beloved Italian restaurant not far from AVA University District.

Chef Jason Stratton combines the indigenous flavors of the Pacific Northwest with the traditional dishes of Italy, and the results are as beautiful as they are delicious. Start off with the 14-month aged prosciutto di Parma, and then move onto one of the pastas, perhaps the hand-cut egg pasta smothered with butter and sage or ragu. Save some room for the main course, maybe the rabbit meatballs or braised wild boar, and a side such as roasted Brussels sprouts or sauteed spinach with nutmeg and butter.

Cascina Spinasse
1531 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673

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Enjoy a Meal at Loretta’s Northwesterner Near AVA University District in Seattle

To enjoy comfort food in a cozy atmosphere, head to Loretta’s Northwesterner. The menu at this Seattle restaurant isn’t anything fancy. Rather, it’s the consistently well-prepared food that is the main draw. Oh, and guests say the prices are some of the best in the area.

Make the short trip from AVA University District when you’re in need of a meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If a burger is what you’re after, go for the $3 Tavern Burger with pickles, cheese, onions, and the house sauce. For a heartier bite to eat at a reasonable price, opt for the pork tenderloin. The breaded pork with ketchup, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and onion will cost you just $6. Loretta’s is quite the popular breakfast destination and features items such as the SOS – beef gravy and toast – and the corned beef hash with two eggs and toast.

Loretta’s Northwesterner
8617 14th Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 327-9649

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Black Bottle: Enjoy Drinks and Above-Average Bar Food Not Far From AVA University District

You're in the mood to sip on a few drinks at a laid-back pub, but you'd like to enjoy some food that's better than your average bar fare. Make the short trip from AVA University District to Black Bottle, where the food, drinks, and atmosphere all receive high marks.

It should come as no surprise that this Seattle establishment offers a variety of drink choices. Check out the wine list that includes local and foreign wines or the beer menu, which features everything from extra dark stouts to pale ales. When it comes to the food, there are a variety of appetizers and entrees on the menu. Those after a meaty dish should consider the wild boar ribs or the crispy fried chicken. The vegetarians will be glad to know that there are meat-free items available, such as curried cauliflower and braised artichoke hearts or green beans and tofu.

Black Bottle
2600 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-1500

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Tavern Law Near AVA University District in Seattle: Speakeasy-Inspired Cocktails

Perhaps Prohibition's goal was to squelch drinking in the U.S., but its affect was actually the opposite. The Prohibition era launched underground speakeasies all over the country, and Seattle's Tavern Law carries on the speakeasy legacy in the modern day.

Located not far from AVA University District, this speakeasy-inspired bar offers the same craft cocktails that first rose to popularity during Prohibition. Seattle residents come from all over to sip its bartenders' colorful drinks, from the Moscow Mule to the classic Manhattan. If you do decide to indulge, make sure to order some food, too. The dishes are as impressive as the drinks, and they include everything from pan-seared trout to mac and cheese and spiced fried chicken.

Tavern Law
1406 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-9734

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Phoenecia Near AVA University District: Pizzas Crafted From Locally Sourced Ingredients

Anyone who's ever visited Alki Beach in Seattle understands why it would be such an excellent place to enjoy dinner. The picturesque beach is so beautiful that it's a fitting backdrop for an elegant meal at Phoenecia, which conveniently sits right along the beach's edge not far from AVA University District.

The food itself is a sight to see, too. Chefs use locally sourced, sustainable ingredients when they can, and they transform them into artful wood-fired pizzas. Patrons seem to love most of the specialty pies, but one standout is the buffalo Caprese. It's topped with its namesake cheese, brushed with basil-infused olive oil, and strewn with marinated Rona tomatoes and flecks of basil. You can also opt for the foraged mushroom pizza, another popular option with its fresh mozzarella cheese, Grana padana, and garlicky olive oil.

2716 Alki Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-6550

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