Catching up on this week's restaurant reviews, at Seattle Weekly Nicole Sprinkle teams up with drink columnist Zach Geballe for a visit to Damn the Weather, the new cocktails and small plates spot in Pioneer Square. Geballe says the cocktail menu is "unique and diverse," finding his first two drinks to be "expertly made and discerningly constructed." The third, though, didn't pair well with his beef-heart tartare. Sprinkle, for her part, says the small plates "ranged wildly from ho-hum to pretty good." She concludes "the dishes often suffer from too much pomp and too little circumstance."
Providence Cicero at The Seattle Times reviewed Capitol Hill's new upscale Restaurant Marron. Despite the "storybook setting" of the restaurant's interior, Cicero says the food was inconsistent and awarded it just two stars: "When a meal exceeds the hundred-dollar-per-person mark, expectations soar accordingly," she says. "For diners who can afford to gamble, Marron is your roulette table."
The Stranger's Bethany Jean Clement dined at Pizzeria Gabbiano and raves about it in her recent review: "They're making pie in Pioneer Square that's so good, you should just stop reading this right now and go eat it." Mike Easton and Johannes Heitzeberg's extensive pizza research in Rome paid off, because Clement says, "Every combination you try seems, impossibly, to be better than the last."