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Oct 14, 2011 04:39 PM

Picolinos in Ballard

Have any of you Chowhounds been to Picolinos in Ballard?

6415 32nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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  1. Yes, it's manufactured/contracted-out faux Italian Osteria, with upscale presentation misleadingly above the quality of the food. If you think candles make for good food, perhaps you would like it.

    For reasons that would take hours to fully explain, a bad karma kind of place. Extremely and hostilely anti-neighborhood.

    7 Replies
    1. re: kaleokahu

      Axe meet grind - Jiminy cricket! Way Way off base. We walk there all the time and meet up with long time friends and neighbors and absolutely love this local treasure! Bar is great. Indoor intimacy and room for connected tables- outdoor causal. Go in and have a glass of wine and enjoy an appetizer or antipasti- R.E.-L.A.X. and take it easy. Trust everyone there- you'll have a laugh, even with kids- plenty of room. Definitely for people having conversation and swapping stories, not for library style fear inducing preciousness. For an inexpensive din split a salad, muscles and have the Gambones and Gorgonzola pizetta. Specials are good size, plenty of pasta options and leave with a smile. We did last night and it was a great birthday.

      1. re: petrasst

        Your only post on Chow is defending this you work there?

      2. re: kaleokahu

        This place leaves a bad taste in my mouth because of the legal machinations used to evict Regnor's and Cary's pottery studios in order for the restaurant to be developed in defiance of the deceased owner's will.

        1. re: forkit

          I understand your frustration. The restaurant is however very charming and full of life both young and old and the food and warmth, while quite possibly overshadowed for some by politics and history, is vibrant, wonderful and ultimately that is the take home when you go. Enjoy with friends~

          1. re: petrasst

            Yes, it has fake charm like Buca di Beppo, but with mediocre food and high prices. It's a place to go when you... nah, there's always a better choice.

        2. re: kaleokahu

          What is the backstory? I've never been, but I've driven by and it seems like people enjoy it.

          1. re: akq

            Hi, akq:

            I posted hints to the backstory, but they were pulled down. Happy to tell you if you email me.