<------ love the chandelier at the entry
I've had some friends go to Volterra, which recently opened at 121 Kirkland Ave, and say they enjoyed it. We just haven't rushed out there since we usually try to avoid pasta/grains and are never sure what kind of options we might find at an Italian restaurant. Let me tell you- Volterra is worth the stop. O-M-G (as my nine year olds would say). What a great addition to Kirkland! When you walk in, you kind of get that cozy, hip, contemporary feel like you are in Seattle and then to our surprise and delight the food and service delivered as well.
It was a Thursday, about half full and we ordered some martinis, wine and caesar salads to start. Our waitress was kind and gracious and we enjoyed sitting near the open kitchen. She told us that the bread was from an original start in Italy that they had kept going, so of course we had to try it with this olive oil and special blend of seasonings to dip it in. Steve ordered the wild boar tenderloin with gorgonzola sauce ($26,photo) and I the seafood stew ($28, photo) which were both A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. But so many other options too like Wild Shrimp and Porcini with Black Pepper Fettucine ($20) or Dungeness Crab Ravioli ($21) or Braised Lamb Shank ($29)
You can catch happy hour from 3-6 Mon-Fri or lunch/dinner any day starting at 11:30 am. The dinner menu has so many tempting options it's hard to choose. And it's obvious that critics far superior to the Rabuchins have checked out Volterra (in Ballard) and put it on their favorites list, but at least we are all in agreement. Reservations at 425-202-7201 or firstname.lastname@example.org . We will definitely be back. Trust us and go. Then comment here..