After hearing rumors of a new wine bar and watching the interior of one of the retail spaces under new condo construction on Queen Anne Ave N develop, we were excited to finally see people in the new space last week. Bricco, a wine bar, opened last Tuesday and we stopped in to check it out just after opening time on Saturday, since it was packed to the gills when we drove by on Friday night.
The wine list leans heavily toward Italian, as you might guess. We were a little tiny bit disappointed in the by the glass selection, which seemed small for a wine bar (about 5 to 6 options each under bubbly, white, red and possibly dessert), especially when you're used to Purple. It seemed almost like any other good restaurant's by the glass offerings. But, it's a small space and I believe they intend to rotate new wines through their by the glass selection as they go along. They also have beer and juices and special sodas, like the dry soda that got hyped in the P-I recently.
The menu is fittingly constrained. As I'd hoped, they're serving Salumi meats and a variety of cheeses (I *finally* got to taste the heavenly lamb prosciutto.) and they've got a small number of dinner entrees. They're not yet open for lunch but when they are, their hours are projected to be 10:30 am - 1:00 am. They've got a salads and panini on the lunch menu and maybe something else that's slipping my mind. So far, I believe they're closed on Sundays and their hours are 4:00 pm - 1:00 am until early February.
It's a very cozy little space and, as I mentioned, was packed on Friday night. While I wish them all the best and am ecstatic that upper Queen Anne finally got a new food/drink places that's not mediocre Italian (Can you say Lumette), I do hope they don't get inundated by overflow from the Paragon. They do seem to be aiming for a different crowd. And, when the condos above get populated, it's going to be that much harder to get in.