Second Avenue Destination: Branzino

Second Avenue Destination: Branzino

A taste of Italy in Belltown

If you're seeking a rich meal of comfort food with Italian influence, look no further than Branzino Restaurant at 2429 2nd Ave. in Belltown. Serving homemade pasta, pizza, meat and cheese cuts, bread and dessert, diners are sure to find a savory, satisfying dish at Branzino.

A dinner establishment, Branzino opens its doors at 5 p.m. daily and Executive Chef Garrett Michael Brown offers diners specialty, rotating dishes like the ravioli feature and soup du jour, as well as menu staples like house pizza and creamy polenta.

Other notable specialty dishes include Grilled Octopus with fried capers and puttanesca as an appetizer, Tajarin, made with ricotta salata, Calabrian chiles and squid ink and Pan Seared Wild Sea Scallops, served with celery root puree, pan sauce and watercress. The rich quality and varied components of menu items compensate for the smaller, appropriately-sized portions. 

Diners can choose from an extensive local and global wine list to complement their meals and conversations. Alternative beverages are also available, of course. Rumor has it that Branzino makes a mean Italian sangria!

In addition to dinner, Branzino also features happy hour twice a day, from 5-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close. Small bites of cheese, cured meat and olives are available for as little as $4 and select dinner menu items are a great way to sample their regular fare for a fraction of the regular price.

Branzino induces cozy dining in an enticing environment. Wood accents and tangerine touches set the mood for a pleasant dining experience.