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Il Bistro’s New Restaurant Makes it Official: Bothell Is Having a Moment

The Pike Place Market restaurant celebrates its 40th birthday with the launch of Amaro Bistro in the burgeoning Bothell.

Amaro Bistro is opening at Six Oaks Apartments.
Amaro Bistro is opening at Six Oaks Apartments.

Bothell, the small town just north of Seattle, keeps getting more interesting additions. To recap: John Howie is launching Beardslee Public House and Wildwood Spirits Co. in January. McMenamins is opening Anderson School, a hotel with an on-site brewery and a wine and coffee bar named Teachers Lounge -- and soaking tubs -- in the fall of 2015. Now comes word that iconic Pike Place Market restaurant Il Bistro will open sister restaurant Amaro Bistro at the end of November.

Celebrating its 40th birthday at the Market in January, Il Bistro is starting to share details about Amaro: The 3,400-square-foot restaurant in a new construction includes "formal" and "casual" dining rooms, an exhibition kitchen, and a bar that seats 30. Amaro's menu is heavily influenced by Il Bistro, with "primi" pasta and "secondi" protein courses. Plus, 10-inch pizzas baked in a wood stone oven. Much of the produce and meat on the menu will be delivered to the restaurant fresh from Pike Place Market. Opening day is planned for November 24.

Amaro Bistro, 18333 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, website, 425-485-2300, 11 a.m.-midnight M-F, 9 a.m.-midnight SA-SU.