Restaurants around Seattle continue to make adjustments during the COVID-19 pandemic — and many of the dining institutions are no exception. Eastlake’s venerable Italian restaurant, Serafina, and its sibling Venetian-style bar Cicchetti are reopening for takeout and delivery within five miles. This is the first time Serafina has offered delivery service in its nearly 30-year-old history.
The menu currently available online includes a mix of items from both restaurants (lamb and pork lasagna from Serafina, and half-roast chicken from Cicchetti) as well as a take-and-bake items featuring prime rib, pork, chicken, and vegetable skewers. There’s also a selection of wine, beer, and pantry items, including chocolate chip cookie dough, dry pasta, and sauces. Cocktail kits will be available by the end of the week.
Both restaurants closed March 16, when Washington’s stay-at-home order was first implemented, and looked like they might try to wait things out. Serafina is known for its multi-course pasta meals, attentive service, and special occasion atmosphere, with a courtyard for warm-weather dining, and has only offered limited takeout in the past.
But owner Christian Chandler says the two sibling restaurants received 15-20 calls a day asking for takeout, prompting the shift in strategy. It remains unclear when dining rooms will be able to reopen — the state mandate is scheduled to expire on May 4, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the order was extended further.