Palomino Bar & Grill: Win An Italian Trip For Two

Enjoy fine Italian cuisine — and a chance to view Siena’s Il Palio races.

Seattleites who want to leave behind overcast skies for an under-the-Tuscan-sun experience are in luck. This summer, Palomino Bar & Grill will give its patrons a chance to win a summer getaway to Siena, Italy.

For eight weeks this summer, both locations of the Italian restaurant (Seattle and Bellevue) are celebrating the Il Palio festival in Siena by offering savory Tuscan cuisine and wine from Ruffino. The best part? While enjoying these dishes, you and a friend could win a trip to the Il Palio races in 2012 — which is valued at more than $9,000.

Featured now until August 14, the menu includes such dishes as Pappardelle al Ragu with slow-cooked meats and fresh artichoke and a roasted leg of lamp and pumpkin seed pesto, paired with chickpeas and chorizo. For dessert, the restaurant offers a unique take on classic strawberry shortcake made with polenta and mascarpone cream. The special Tuscan-inspired menu with suggested wine pairings is available for lunch and dinner.

Horses race at Il Palio in Siena, Italy. Photo courtesy of Dean Ayres/flickr.

The Il Palio festival began centuries ago in medieval Siena, Italy. City neighborhoods, called contrade, come together to celebrate and compete in the Piazza Del Campo, honoring Madonna di Provenzano and the Feast of the Assumption, with the epic finale—the famous and exciting horse race known as Il Palio. The races are held July 2 and August 16 each year, and feature riders dressed in 15th-century costume. Palomino has incorporated the bright colors of the contrade flags into its menu covers and the flavors of its selections.

Palomino prides itself on combining New World ideas with Old World flavors to create new and flavorful dishes. The restaurant sources its high-caliber ingredients from local and regional producers, as well as the fields, orchards and vineyards of the coastal areas of Italy, France and Spain. So, prepare your summer palate for these exotic tastes and enter to win for your chance at an Italian getaway.

Palomino Restaurant & Bar | 1420 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 | (206) 623-1300

Palomino Restaurant & Bar | 610 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004 | (425) 455-7600