#sEATtle: Vendemmia

January 6, 2017
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I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. Therefore, I figured I would post reviews of the places I go to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus, it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work!

Before we start, though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I don't know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I don't even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than two toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the common man/woman.

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RESTAURANT
Vendemmia

ADDRESS
1126 34th Ave

WEBSITE
www.vendemmiaseattle.com

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I was raised by Italian women so when it comes to Italian restaurants I am SUPER picky. 

I believe there is no such thing as spaghetti worth more than $20, no matter what's in it. I believe bread should be expected, not ordered. And I believe that truly inspirational Italian cuisine at its heart is peasant food, and the simpler the better, but that does NOT mean I want a plate of noodles with ketchup. Gross. As you can see I have a very specific sweet spot when it comes to pasta and after reading a review of Vendemmia that said it was fancy enough to host dinners but basic enough to take your kid, I had to try it....

 

EATS

Salad -  Look, it's lettuce ok?  A little pickled onion on there and some radishes. Salad is important for the meal in that it makes you feel better about the eventual four pounds of pasta that you're about to consume, because "hey! I ate veggies beforehand, get off my back Tammy!"  Also, the dressing was tasty.

Roasted cauliflower with currants -  I have no idea what a currant even is, but I've had them with cauliflower on multiple occasions and they are fantastic.  They give just a little burst of tart and sweetness to the dish.  I'm a cauliflower fiend, love this preparation. 

Spaghetti - Someday I will write a book on the lost art of properly cooking pasta and will use these noodles as an example of exactly how to do it. Absolutely perfectly done. Bravo!  The sauce was great as well, with a pretty bad ass/spicy kick on the back end of it. This dish is the perfect "I want to look like an adult but at the same time just kind of want spaghetti" compromise.  Really enjoyed it.  Only complaints (and they are MINOR) would be it was just a touch too over sauced (most people like that) and I would've loved a sausage or meatball option.  

FINAL VERDICT

My favorite Italian restaurants are the ones where you taste their food and know you can't make it yourself, but you also don't have to spend $100 on some noodles in sauce.  While I absolutely love places like Olive and Anchovy, and Tavolata, neither are the place you want to go after a crap day when you just need a big bowl of comfort food. Vendemmia is just that. Just upscale enough! This is a restaurant I've been looking for. 

Go here if... you want something a few levels above what you make at home but not so far out there that it doesn't even look like spaghetti anymore

Don't go here if...you are on one of those no carb diets. 

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