617 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
My favorite Italian in all of Seattle!!!
Altura is as good as it gets to all things truffles, pasta and italian dishes. It's also the only place you'll find authentic dishes outside of Italy. And it also helps that it is located right up my street. 2 minutes drive to all things pasta, truffle and delicious things. Oh the joy of it all :)
Chef Nathan Lockwood has taken all things fresh in PNW and created an amazingly tasty Italian meal. The menu changes weekly but it's a set menu. You can get 3- 4 or 5 courses. And if you are really hungry or want to try it all, try the 7 course tasting menu! Each dish will be presented in an ooooh worthy fashion.
The place- cute little tiny place on the south end of the Broadway. You might have passed by and never noticed it. But it is the warmest adorable place you can find in this area. From the moment you walk in till the moment you walk out, everything is magic.
Food- whether you get 3, 4 or 5 courses, you will get pampered with little amuse bouche in between. They are all so perfectly portioned and tasty. Wine pairing is a must.
*First bite- beet soup! So refreshing!! I love beets and this was just perfect.
*Albacore crudo- capers, anchovy, lemon! Yummm.
* Wild red peppers with quail egg and anchovy thumbs up
*Corn panna cotta with truffles! Eeeeee this is where I start squealing with excitement. Omg....it was sooo beautiful and tasty! Like magic on drug. So goood. It looks nothing like what it should taste but you can taste every single ingredient in here. I can have this as my meal and be pretty happy with it. Luckily, I didn't have to stop here :)
**** Pastaaaaa- you can add fresh shaved truffles for $25 on your dish. And you know what. It is worth every penny! My advice- always do it when truffles are in season. The rule of thumb? Black truffles are in till Summer (end of summer ish), white truffles come out in October and then some. Altura obviously will carry whichever one is in season!
** Ravioli with truffles and olive oil- divine! Truffle on top of this was divine.
**Bolognese sauce with goat and kobe beef! Yummmm ( be mindful that these are all tasting portions. Everything is about a few bites. But great few bites are better than plenty of mediocre bites.)
***Rolled up pasta with tripa!! This is a classic roman dish and oh so tastyy!
** Alaskan Halibut - with anchovy crust, artic charr and fried artichokes! YUmmmmmmmm!
**Magnolia Farm Wagyu with potato , bone marrow crisp and chantrelle mushrooms! On nom nom nommmmm!
** Clabrian chilli- roasted with sea salt.
**** Slow Roasted Duck Breast with mustard green, confit budino and cherry mostardo! My favvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv! Such a stunning and tasty dish. It's super light.
**Mozzerella di bufala - with sun gold tomatoes, watermelon and basil! So refreshing.
Every bite was better than the next. And since I opted for the truffles on my main dishes, I get the Chef coming on by my table every few minutes! In the end, I got to go into the kitchen and go nuts over the truffles with both Chef Nathan and his souchef! Woot woot :)))
Oh yea, ended this phenomenal 10 courses with a perfect dessert!
House Made Mascarpone Gelato - with beautiful figs, pears, peaches + drizzle of traditional aged balsamic on top.
Food was solid 5 stars all around. Wine pairing was right on the spot! And the service and atmosphere? Just fantastic. People next to our table was so friendly and intrigue with my food picture obsessions, they offered me to taste their food. How cool was that? Such nice ladies!! Love it when that happens :) This place is and will always be my favorite place to go celebrate any birthdays, occasion, non occasion, dinner dates , girls night and then some.
The only problem? Large groups are kind of hard since they only seat about 32 people. So no 22 people dinners here. Altura is such a place that you want to enjoy your every bite. And you'll get to if you have less distractions :) 5 stars all around!! Thanks Chef!!!