The Pink Door
We only had one night in Seattle which made narrowing down our choices for dinner pretty difficult! Between reviews online and separate recommendations from my chiropractor who used to live in Seattle and one of Mike’s co-workers, we chose The Pink Door, an Italian-American restaurant in Pike Place Market.
Yes, the entrance is literally a pink door! The restaurant is located down the narrow Post Alley right in the heart of Pike Place Market. When it’s nice enough to dine al fresco the views from their outdoor patio are fantastic! Along with their mouth-watering menu they also offer some pretty lively entertainment on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights – trapeze artists and a cabaret show! We dined on a Friday night so unfortunately we missed it, but it definitely looks like it would make for an evening to remember! If you look in the photo below on the left hand side you’ll see a swing above the tables – they perform right above you as you dine!
As you can also see from the photo above, the Pink Door is a super charming place. They’re great at accommodating smaller groups (we had 6) but this is also a perfect setting for a romantic night out. I also mentioned the views from the patio – a great place to stop in for lunch if you’re in the market!
Alright now…on to the food! Everything on the menu sounded delicious so it was very difficult to narrow down our choices. With a little help from our server we decided to start with the Sautéed Calamari with spinach, tomatoes, garlic, and wine; the Piatto di Prosciutto with La Quercia Berkshire & Leporati prosciutto di Parma & mozzarella di bufala with extra virgin olive oil; and an order of their Pappardelle al Ragù Bolognese with a slow simmered meat sauce and fresh pasta. All fantastic choices but I was most fond of the pasta – it’s hard to beat homemade pasta topped with a hearty bolognese.
For our mains the table took a few separate paths – the men went with the Double R Ranch Peppercorn Crusted Ribeye Steak, 2 of the ladies went with a salmon special, and I went off the menu and ordered their Cioppino served over linguine. Everyone loved their dishes. I tried bites of each and can concur that they were all very good, but I will admit that I thought mine was the best. I wanted seafood and I wanted pasta so our server told me they were able to do their staple Cioppino and serve it over linguine – perfect! It was so flavorful, with fresh seafood and a bit of spice…it was everything I was looking for in my first night out in Seattle!
After our plates were cleared we decided we had a little room left for dessert. When we looked over the dessert menu we realized that it was not going to be easy to choose – so we did what anyone would do and ordered a little of everything to share! We had two of their specials – a mascarpone cheesecake and a butterscotch custard. We also had their popular Cabaret Cake, or “Boobie Cake” as it’s nicknamed, and a trio of gelato. I enjoyed each dessert (as I usually do) but if I had to choose a favorite it would have to be either the chocolate cake or the gelato. The chocolate cake was like a flourless chocolate cake (very rich), so you really have to be in the mood for chocolate with this one. Overall, each dessert was fresh and full of great flavors, just like the rest of our meal!
All in all we had a fantastic dinner at The Pink Door and were in agreement that it was the perfect pick for our one and only dinner in Seattle!
The Pink Door is located at 1919 Post Alley in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.