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Smoked Meat Sandwich Favorite Martino’s Plans Phinney Ridge Return

It’s aiming for a January debut

A meaty sandwich with cheese at Martino’s
The Big Italian sandwich will be among the older items on the new menu at Martino’s.
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After a four-year hiatus, one meat-lover’s spot in Phinney Ridge is planning its comeback. Martino’s — which served up much-coveted tri-tip sandwiches for years before closing in 2016 — recently teased photos on Facebook with signage for its upcoming new location at 7314 Greenwood Ave N and a preview of menu items in preparation for its winter debut.

Co-owner Chris Martino says there’s no official opening date yet, but the team is aiming to open for to-go orders in January after finishing up last-minute details. There will be a few trial runs in December, right before the holidays to “shake out the bugs and get the takeout model set up,” he says. Fans should expect the return of the Big Italian, a sandwich stuffed with smoked pork shoulder, grilled onions, and Mama Lil’s pickled peppers, as well as the famed Santa Maria steak sandwich. Martino says he’s also planning to roll out some new stuff, including a fried chicken sandwich, smoked wings, and a smash burger.

When the shop first closed, a lack of space to do full service was one of the culprits Martino cited. But the new restaurant has a little more room to roam, with a bar available. After the kinks are worked out and dining rooms begin to reopen in Seattle, the owners — including restaurant veterans Chris Navarra and Chris Gerke — hope to launch more robust offerings, including rib dinners and smoked meatloaf. “We have a cool back patio area already and will explore possibly doing something out front as well,” says Martino. “‘Comfort food for uncomfortable times’ is our mantra.”

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