New Grub Alert: Rione XIII

The latest addition to the Ethan Stowell Restaurants family, Rione XIII opens its doors.

A Roman-style Trattoria in Capitol Hill, named for the 13th district of the city of Rome, Rione XIII pays homage to the vibrant Trastevere neighborhood, which is packed full of old world charm and great food.

Photo by Geoffrey Smith.

Housed in a 1920’s renovated brick building, Rione XIII has large wood beams, exposed gray brick, clay colored walls, and a polished cement floor. A large open kitchen, wood fired oven, and service area take up the rear of the space while a vintage skylight and large slider window provide ample natural light. A mahogany stained wood banquet lines the south wall and is paired with custom metal and black leather chairs. A handful of small booths run down the center of this 38-seat restaurant with custom-made metal lattice separating the restaurant and bar area. A handcrafted wood bar with 12 seats runs along the north of the space offering guests a birds eye view through the salvaged wood-paned windows and into neighboring spot, The Wandering Goose. Two lighting fixtures are suspended above the bar featuring a collection of beautiful hand-blown glass pendants. A small sidewalk area provides the perfect spot to gather on a sunny day.

Chef duties belong to Brandon Kirksey, who has been running the show at Tavolàta for the last few years. Anyone who has been to Kirksey’s popular Sunday Feasts at Tavolàta knows that he is a fan of whole beast cooking, and he plans to continue that tradition at Rione XIII.

Photo by Geoffrey Smith.

The menu features traditional Roman style dishes, such as Artichoke Fried in the Jewish Style ($9), Sippli ($9), Puntarella with Anchovy Dressing ($11), and Tripe with Tomato and Beans ($12). Pastas include, Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe tossed tableside ($14), Tonnarelli Carbonara ($15), Bucatini Amatriciana ($14), Mezze Maniche Gricia ($15), Conchiglie Puttanesca ($1), and Gnocchi alla Romana ($14). Roman-style street pizzas include, Anchovy, Squash Blossom, and Mozzarella ($14), Potato, Rosemary and Anchovy ($14), Manila Calm, Zucchini, and Marinated Pepper ($15), and Chanterelle Mushroom, Roasted Garlic, Thyme, and Pecorino Romano ($15). Large plates include Veal Sweetbreads with Artichoke, Lemon, and Capers ($22), Piedmontese Beef Culotte Steak ($25), Veal Chop Saltimbocca ($28), Chicken alla Cacciatore ($22), and Braised Oxtails ($19). Guests can also look forward to a selection of Mozzarella and an antipasti cart with a selection of cured meats, olives, cheeses, and a hearty selection of vegetables roasted in the wood fired oven. Desserts include Tiramisu, Polenta Fritti, and Gelato.

Photo by Geoffrey Smith.

Rione XIII offers a full bar and selection of beers. The wine list is Italian focused with a thoughtful selection of Northwest wines. Sennen David, who in addition to his duties as wine director of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, will be running the day-to-day operations at the restaurant.

Rione XIII is open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Dinner is served seven nights a week from 5pm – 11pm.

Rione XIII | 401 15th Avenue East, Seattle | (206) 838-2878