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Leper Oct 14, 2011 04:39 PM

Have any of you Chowhounds been to Picolinos in Ballard?

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Picolinos
6415 32nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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    kaleokahu Oct 14, 2011 09:43 PM

    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.

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      petrasst May 9, 2012 12:37 PM

      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.

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        jlbwendt May 12, 2012 05:58 PM

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

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        forkit May 9, 2012 03:09 PM

        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.

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          petrasst May 9, 2012 04:03 PM

          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~

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            kaleokahu May 11, 2012 08:35 AM

            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.

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          akq May 11, 2012 04:21 PM

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

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            kaleokahu May 11, 2012 10:14 PM

            Hi, akq:

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

            Aloha,
            Kaleo

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