Pomodoro Ristorante

2366 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
Phone: 206–324–3160
www.pomodoro.net
Tues–Thurs 5:30 pm–11:30 pm
Fri–Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
Sunday 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Monday: closed
Rating:
****
Ratings guide:
**** extraordinary
*** excellent
** good
* fair
The Pomodoro Ristorante could be the very definition of your hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Perhaps the smallest space you will ever enter for fine dining, the chef’s talent and history compensate for feeling as though you are dining with the people seated at the next table. If you don’t mind being crowded on busy nights, reservations to this Spanish/Italian restaurant promise an evening of elegantly crafted food that takes you away to another place.

Pomodoro is an intimate, dimly lit restaurant with romantic candle sconces covering the walls, arches over the windows, and the smell of garlic and fresh bread permeating the air. The small grill is amid the dining area giving patrons view of Chef Antonio Blanco at work, preparing exquisite plates resembling those you might see presented on Iron Chef America. In fact, Blanco was presented with the opportunity to compete in the show but for whatever reason states, “I had to decline.”  His status precedes him as a cook in the Spanish Army in Barcelona as well as previously cooking for the King of Spain, the French and Spanish Ministers of Defense, and former President Bill Clinton among his other culinary accomplishments like his 2002 Chefs’ Choice of the Year Award.

The menu offers Tapas (appetizers) between $6.95 and $12.95 such as Calamares a la Plancha (grilled calamari) and Fresh Alaskan Halibut Ceviche (raw, citrus marinaded). Both dishes might sound intimidating to those with anything less than a sophisticated food palate, which was the case for me when reading over the menu. But as it turns out, Pomodoro is just the place to try exotic foods you never dared to taste before, as this master chef will superbly prepare them to perfection.
Every table is graced with a full-menu wine list and fresh bread with chimichurri. Entrées run between $15.95 and $25.95. Most of the entrées are “neo-traditional” pastas such as the Manicotti al Forno containing an interesting twist of walnuts mixed into the ricotta and spinach stuffing. A tableside flambé of banana, cherry, or peach for $9.95 is an exciting desert to end a fantastic meal.
Pomodoro Ristorante proves that good things really do come in small packages. Located in the Eastlake neighborhood with free parking next to the restaurant, a hidden four-star meal awaits.
Review by Christina DeSchane

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