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Cafe Piccolo
Avg. Customer Review (5.0 Palms): 5.0 Palms
Number of Reviews: 3

Review Type: Restaurant
9400 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: 206.957.1333
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Gluten Free Italian at restaurant in north Seattle,

Reviewer: - See all reviews by Tina

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
A great find. Cafe Piccolo is a small Italian restaurant in north Seattle. They can make any menu item gluten free. I had bruschetta, lasagna, and cheesecake! Amazing! The staff is very knowledgeable, assuring me that they were very careful not to cross contaminate.

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Amazing gluten-free experience at restaurant in Seattle.,

Reviewer: from Mukilteo, WA USA - See all reviews by Lynette Rose

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Once the sun goes down in Seattle at this time of year it becomes bitter cold, the kind of cold you can't just shake off. Shivering, I couldn't wait to get into the restaurant to find warmth but what hit me first was the amazing aroma of herbs and spices that are so close to my memory, having just returned from Italy. "OMG!" I declare, "It smells incredible in here!" My companion and I had "accidentally" found CAFE PICCOLO, an Italian Trattoria, after chasing Greek food and failing in our quest. We had wandered into the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle and found a gastronomical gluten-free gem. Why did we pick this place we knew nothing about and where there was a possibility of nothing for the celiac? Simply, it looked so warm and inviting on a very cold, dark night and at the moment, it was enough for me. Much to my delight, Tuesday and Wednesdays are half-price-by-the-glass nights, which is always happy! The wine selections were wonderful and Tony, our very enthusiastic and passionate waiter was very happy to introduce me to wines from Italy and a delightful Temprenillo Syrah from Spain. I couldn't choose between the Spanish wine and the Nero D'Avola from Italy so I had a glass of each during the night. I know you're anxiously waiting for me to tell you what on earth I was able to find to eat in an Italian Trattoria, and I'm excited to tell you that all you have to do is mention Celiac and the search is over. With enthusiasm and flair, Tony thoroughly explained that CAFE PICCOLO has many gluten free options, including gluten free bread (free and tasty, although just a bit dry), and fresh, homemade fettuccini as well as the meatballs, italian sausage are all gluten free and the chicken dishes can all be prepared gluten free. There were more options but I got lost in the fettucini portion of the menu where you can build your own pasta dish. Every selection sounded amazing, but I knew I had to try this homemade fettuccini. Since I had just come from the Cinque Terre where pesto originated, it was an easy choice to just add meatballs, (thanks for the tip, Tony!). While we were waiting for our entree to come, I couldn't help but notice that the place had filled up with happy fellow diners, all adding to the natural ambiance of the place. It was obvious to me that CAFE PICCOLO is one of those great neighborhood places where the locals come often to meet and greet and share great food and wine at a great price. Can you say yum yum in a restaurant review? Or even yum yum yum? You've all experienced a meal that was so unforgettable, where you couldn't stand it when the last bite was taken and you wanted the flavors to stay with you forever and you couldn't wait to tell everyone about it. It's the kind of place where you declare you will never cook again and you determine to move upstairs to be closer to your new found passion. This is how it was for me. The fettuccini was a delight to the senses, the noodles so flavorful, smooth and cooked perfectly and the sauce exploding with robust flavors of basil and garlic, olive oil and pine nuts and whatever magical spices the chef added to create this delightful dish. It was truly an amazing experience that pulled in all of the senses and put me in a place of wanting more and more and more. My companion found his choices (with gluten) to be fantastic as well. Kuddos to CAFE PICCOLO for doing the exceptional and catering not only to the Celiac but to the companions of Celiacs who so often end up with the short end of the stick as they accompany their Celiacs to places good and bad in search of great gluten free food. Whether you're a Celiac or not, you will not be disappointed by choosing CAFE PICCOLO. Tell them I sent you!

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do not walk, RUN to this place!,

Reviewer: from Seattle, WA - See all reviews by Blubery

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Oh my goodness! Where do I begin?? How about with the gluten free BREAD (chickpea flour) that is served upon request?! I just about cried the first time they brought it out to my table. Or the fact that you can choose any of their pasta sauces (the pesto is AWESOME!) on gluten-free pasta? Or better yet, ask for any one of their chicken dishes made gluten-free...this includes chicken parmigiana that is TO DIE FOR! Even the eggplant parmigiana can be made gluten free! I have taken non-celiac friends there at least 6 times - each time trying a different GF dish myself - and EVERYONE has walked away satisfied. The wine list is good and the waitstaff is incredibly friendly and helpful. Although it's a small restaurant, often frequented by locals, I've never had a problem getting a table. My only complaint is it's chilly in there! Bring a sweater and Bon Appetit!

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