Fall Comforts: The Pink Door’s Grandma’s Braciole Flank Steak

Indulge in this tasty fall comfort that guarantees a thoroughly clean plate.

The Scoop: This joyfully named local favorite has been serving up delicious and hearty Italian-American dishes for nearly 25 years. We think it’s safe to say they’ve got comfort food down to a science — a science that artfully evolves with each season, yet remains effortlessly simple,

straightforward and delicious. To top off the decadent dishes and romantic and inviting atmosphere, Pink Door also offers nightly entertainment ranging from trapeze artists, burlesque shows and even the occasional opportunity for a look into the future with Tarot readings.

Crave Factor:  One of the most delicious and comforting dishes on The Pink Door’s Fall menu is Grandma’s Braciole ($22) — a succulent thinly sliced flank steak stuffed with pecorino-romano cheese, garlic and parsley. As if that wasn’t enticing enough, this tender steak is oven braised in tomato sauce laced with Sangiovese wine — a seductive Italian vino that adds just the right amount of warmth into a delicate, perfectly balanced sauce.

Braciole is the name given to thin slices of meat — typically beef, pork or chicken — that have been pounded, braised and finally simmered in tomato sauce until it is incredibly tender. The Pink Door elevates this classic dish with the surreptitiously sharp flavor of pecorino romano cheese and hints of garlic and parsley that contrast perfectly with the tender, rich flavor of the meat.

Fun Fact:  The Pink Door offers quarterly seasonal menus, and their fall menu begins on Oct. 3. This presents guests with the freshest ingredients all year long, and keeps them (us) looking forward to new and exciting dishes. However, there is bad news: Grandma’s Braciole might not cross over to the winter line-up. This can only mean one thing — indulge while you can!

The Pink Door | 1919 Post Alley, Seattle (Pike Place Market) | (206) 443-3241