We hadn't been to Hitchcock, Bainbridge Island's most inventive restaurant, for a while so we made reservations and went last night.
Am I glad we did.
We were welcomed graciously and seated immediately in the area we had requested. Our drink order was taken right away.
We started with Marcona almonds and heirloom radishes with house-made cultured butter, radish greens, and Cyprus flake salt. Although radishes and butter are a little less known here, they took my wife back to her days of living in France.
But it was my main that really impressed me. I had maltagliatti with beef short rib and tomato ragu with pecorino and mint. The house-made pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce reminded me of Babbo's "Mint Love Letters," (though Batali's dish is made with spicy lamb sausage. It was one of the best restaurant pasta dishes I've had in quite some time - perhaps since my last visit to Babbo.
One of my dining companions had gnocchi (also house-made) with creamed Bainbridge Island nettles, Parmesan, and breadcrumbs - also a knockout. The third dish at our table was an excellent whole wheat spaghetti and Eagle Rock clams with lacinato kale, garlic, chilies and herbs.
Overall a restaurant experience that was everything a serious Hound looks for - great food and great service in a lively environment.
Winslow Way, where Hitchcock is located, is currently under construction, but don't let that deter you from taking a ferry to Bainbridge for dinner at Hitchcock - it's easy to get around and Hitchcock's side of the street is currently unaffected by the construction work.