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Dinner at Girardi’s Osteria in Edmonds

It was one of those magical not-to-be-predicted warm summer evenings in Seattle. We’ve had a funny week, alternating rain and bright, sunny days. This happened to be one of those bright sunny ones, and Sparkle and Mariner Man had invited Mom and me to dinner. They picked a place I had never been and had been interested in trying.

Oh! Wow!

I got there early, and thought I would take a quick look at the menu, posted outside. I’ve always loved it that in Europe, it is a requirement, so you can get a look to see what is offered before you go in and sit down and then discover that they don’t make what you have your heart set on. But I only had time for a quick glance before I heard Wooo Hooooos, and people calling my name; Sparkle and Mariner Man and my Mom had made it to the restaurant just minutes before I did.

They were waiting patiently, and what a great wait – Sparkle was sipping a pomegranate martini, and I had something red, dry and Italian – wine. We all started with crab cakes, which, I am sorry to say, were so good we just went right ahead and ate them and I didn’t even think to photograph. When the main courses arrived, Mariner Man pulled out his camera, thank God, or I might have just jumped right in and forgotten all about you!

I had the very delicious antipasti salad – with grilled shrimp. The shrimp had a delicious smokey flavor, and the salad was perfect for a warm summer night. They grate the fresh Parmesan over your salad – I was engrossed in conversation with Mariner Man over some camera technicalities before I noticed that my salad was getting LOADED with Parmesan and said “Whoa!”

Mom had the Veal Scallopine, very mild, very tender, very delicious:

She said that as a bonus, the carrots were parboiled, so that they were still crunchy, but not crisp, and were sweet and tender. She loved those carrots.

Sparkle started with the Tricolore Salad (Caprese: tomato slices with mozarella, basil and balsamic vinegar) That had an awesome basil pesto with it, then proceeded to the Pollo Putanesca – WOW. That is one of my favorite sauces, and when it is done well, it is awesome. This one was amazing – full of kalamata olives, anchovies, capers – and was intensely flavorful. She ate every bite (except the one she shared with me so I could taste 🙂 )

Mariner Man started with a Ceasar salad – again, WOW, the real thing, served with a whole anchovy and slices of parmesan cheese, and then his main course – Pollo Masala – which was better than good – it was amazing!

The dessert list was also amazing. Creme Caramel. Tiramisu. A whole list of sorbets. We all looked at it, and then looked at each other in dismay – we hadn’t saved any room! We were stuffed!

I would go to Girardi’s again in a heartbeat. The service was friendly without being intrusive, the atmosphere was comfortable and elegant, and the food was delicious. Thank you, Sparkle! Thank you, Mariner Man!

August 24, 2008 - Posted by | Eating Out, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Food, Living Conditions, Seattle


  1. sounds like a trattoria (which I LOVE)… I look for’em when I am in Italy… they serve AMAZING dishes… And the pictures above oh my God *droooool*

    Comment by Ansam | August 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. Yes! Yes, Ansam, an Osteria is a lot like a Trattoria – more casual than a formal restaurant, and full of great food. I am SO glad you liked the pictures. 🙂 Time for a trip to Crostini!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. Tons of food, everything is huge, I can tell it tastes good because its not organized and modified to look nice on a plate, its just slab, slab, slab, and there.

    Comment by Purgatory | August 24, 2008 | Reply

  4. ahhhh its been long since my last visit… but I also love Prime and Toast spaghetti now :-S

    Comment by Ansam | August 25, 2008 | Reply

  5. It does look kind of slab-like, doesn’t it? Except for my salad, which was all mixed with a HEAP of grated parmesan. LOL, Purg, you’d have loved it.

    Ansam – At the risk of being immodest – I made the BEST spaghetti sauce 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 25, 2008 | Reply

  6. OK, my friend–this is in the “to do” list for next time I am up there with you!

    Comment by momcat | August 25, 2008 | Reply

  7. you are such a teaser! I WANT SPAGHETTI NOW :-S

    Comment by Ansam | August 25, 2008 | Reply

  8. Momcat – For sure! Maybe when it is the four of us!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 25, 2008 | Reply

  9. Ansam- Two words Pasta Melanzane!

    Or one word: Crostini’s! or Ricardo’s!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 25, 2008 | Reply

  10. I can’t come on your blog in Ramadan!

    Comment by ummadam | August 27, 2008 | Reply

  11. UmmAdam – In Ramadan, I only post food entries after sundown this year. I promise!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 27, 2008 | Reply

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