6 of us really enjoyed the food at Cucina De Ra in Belltown ( across from the Sculpture Garden, with a great sunset view)...www.cucinadera.com.
We ordered a large variety of dishes..... all very well prepared and sophisticated in their execution without being pretentious. The decor is subtle-upscale, comfortable and romantic.
The Belgian endive salad w. pears, gorgonzola, candied walnuts is a refreshing array...graced with a fresh lemon & olive oil vinaigrette; the 8 hr. Chianti-braised lambshanks are some of the best I've tried in this city; the calamari with spicy scallion sauce was an interesting interpretation of a old standby;Prawns with a grilled carrot sauce over spaghetti was a stand-out; wild boar ragout over pappardelle pasta garnished w. Ricotta Salata was excellent; Ceviche (w. raw tuna) Siciliana was another recommended dish. Don't miss their Tiramisu for dessert.
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