It’s taken more than 30 years, but one artfully-decorated Seattle favorite has finally expanded. Bizzarro Italian Cafe — the part flea market, part pasta spot, part trippy carnival destination in Wallingford — has opened up a second location in White Center. Right now, it has takeout, delivery via DoorDash, and limited outdoor seating available (dinner only, with lunch service coming soon).
The restaurant first landed in Seattle back in 1986 and gained a reputation for wonderful pasta, including an elk bolognese with handmade pappardelle noodles, plus other comfort food dishes using locally-sourced ingredients (like the Forest Floor, with foraged mushrooms and walnuts in a sherry cream sauce). Original chef and owner David Nast — a visual artist — converted the former Wallingford auto shop into one of the more visually distinctive restaurants around town, with chandeliers and vintage artifacts an integral part of the setting the mood.
According to current co-owner Jodi-Paul Wooster, Bizzarro will keep many of the classic dishes and maintain its quirky spirit in its new White Center home, hoping to add some “funkiness” to the space that recently housed the Noble Barton, once indoor dining restrictions are lifted. Wooster says the restaurant has been looking to move south “for quite a while” and looks forward to being part of the “vibrant and exciting neighborhood.”
There will also be some new items to the drinks side of the menu as the restaurant grows, hoping to be fully operational come springtime. But, for now, Bizzarro seems to be easing into things gradually during the holidays. “We want to create a space that is comfortable for families to celebrate in, first dates to occur, or just a place to swing by and grab some great food in a relaxed setting,” Wooster says.
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