Food Porn: Serafina

Beef Tenderloin. Photo by Sean D.

Intimate Tuscan dining in Eastlake.

In this edition of Food Porn, we feature Serafina, an elegant neighborhood restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine since 1991. The atmosphere is welcoming and inviting with a front and back patio, perfect as summer begins to arrive. The service is impeccable — the staff are superb all around. The food is fresh, seasonal, and made with the highest quality of ingredients.

Beef Tenderloin. Photo by Sean D.
Beef Tenderloin. Photo by Sean D.

One of their most classic appetizers, the Cozze Affumicate, is Taylor Shellfish mussels simmered in a smokey tomato and harissa broth with fresh herbs, garlic, and a hint of vermouth. The Pancia di Maiale is a slow roasted Carlton Farms pork belly with a fresh garbonzo beans and golden raisins, a chickpea purée, and shaved fennel and pickled onions. The combination of sweet raisins with the creamy chickpea purée is lovely.

Many of their pastas are made in-house, including the Gnocchi di Barbabietole, a beet gnocchi with sautéed beet greens, fava beans, and goat cheese. The reddish hue of the beets is a unique presentation of gnocchi and the goat cheese lightens the dish. The favorite was the Bistecca con Risotto, a pan-roasted beef tenderloin garnished with a rich and creamy marrow butter, served on top of a spring risotto with English peas, fava beans, mint and basil.

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Photos by Sean D.

The classic Italian dessert, fluffy and light Tiramisu is beautifully plated and excellent when paired with the Flatliner cocktail, a combination of espresso, Bailey’s, Kahlua, and brandy.

Whether you bring a date, gather some close friends, or celebrate a special occasion, Serafina is the perfect combination of food and atmosphere for a satisfying and intimate meal.

Serafina is open daily 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and until 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Lunch is served Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Happy Hour is served Monday through Friday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Sundays feature a Jazz Brunch with live jazz music 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Serafina   |      2043 Eastlake Ave E., Seattle      |  (206) 323 – 0807