March Foodie Madness: Best Happy Hour, Cicchetti

Photo: Alissa Hudson
Photo: Alissa Hudson

WHERE: CICCHETTI | 121 E. Boston, Seattle | (206) 859-4155

CRAVE FACTOR:  Cicchetti (pronounced chi-KET-tee) is the long awaited, casual sibling to Serafina tucked cozily in the Eastlake neighborhood. Upon entering Cicchetti, you’ll be greeted by the smell of wood fired pizza, which by the way is $5 during happy hour, and an open, lively ambiance. Sit where you like, the entire restaurant participates in happy hour — but might we suggest dining in the upper level for the view of Downtown and South Lake Union?

Happy hour custom house cocktails, Prosecco, house red or white wine and any of the local draft beers will only set you back $5. Nibble on a variety of flavorful Mediterranean style small plates including Fried Pecorino with Green Olive, Red Onion and Parsley, the staff’s own in-house pickled vegetables and house-made Pork Sausage with Piperade. Enjoy the happy hour benefits Tuesday-Saturday from 5-6:30 p.m.

FAST FACT: The folks at Cicchetti take pride in their house cocktails and rotate the happy hour selection daily, giving patrons an opportunity to come back and try something different during their next visit. All at a price that will make you happy (hence the name).What do we suggest? The “Velvet Ice” is a smooth concoction of vodka, apricot liqueur, sweet vermouth and lemon, topped with Prosecco and worth trying. If you are a fan of all things truffle, the white truffle popcorn is $1 at happy hour and will undoubtedly become your latest addiction. Be sure to ask for a few extra napkins, you’ll need them.