Salute! Artusi Bar Opens its Doors in Capitol Hill

Brujita Mia cocktail; Photo: Lindsay Borden

Spinasse sibling imports Italian aperitivo culture to Seattle.

Capitol Hill welcomes a new drinking well at the corner of 14th Avenue and Pine Street. This prime location is the home of ARTUSI, a contemporary Italian aperitif bar from Chef Jason Stratton. This new addition to the Spinasse family is like heaven to a liqueur connoisseur.

Brujita Mia Cocktail; Photo: Lindsay Borden

If you don’t already know, aperitif’s are appetite-whetting liqueurs served before a meal to stimulate the appetite — so get ready to chow after these tasty elixirs!

ARTUSI offers amaro, grappa and vermouth, as well as hard-to-find wine varietals like Galioppo and Lacrima d’Alba, and unique cocktails built from Italian liqueurs — and the list goes on. Their hand-crafted cocktail menu boasts innovative recipes that will leave you wanting more.

Here’s a mouth-watering sample of their drink menu — the Bambi Warhol with Aviation Gin, 360 Vodka, Cocchi Americano, orange bitters and a twist; Miller’s Crossing with Martin Miller’s Gin, Amaro Montenegro, black currant vinegar and cassis; and Brujita Mia with Cazadores Reposado Tequila, Liquore Strega, cardamom bitters, fresh lemon and House Meyer Lemon Liqueur.

Shrimp with basil; Photo: Lindsay Borden

Not only are the drinks pleasing for the palette, but the the food will also open your senses. The menu explores the roots of Italy’s cuisine, culling dishes from the medieval and Renaissance eras of Italy, right up to the Futurists and beyond.

Menu items include Zucchini alla Parmigiana with bitter chocolate and basil; Cured Trout with pickled turnip condiment, sweet and sour cipollini leaves and cocoa; Lopez Island Clams with dolcetto and fresh sardine tortino with arugula and breadcrumbs.

Already craving for a taste? ARTUSI will officially open on Monday, June 6th — mark your calendars!

ARTUSI | 1535 14th Ave., Seattle | (206) 251-7673