Bar Cotto, the third of Ethan Stowell’s food and drink properties on Capitol Hill’s 15th Ave, opens for business Friday night.
The “Parma-style” salumi bar and pizzeria is nestled into the Pearl building in retail space left empty next to Stowell’s Anchovies & Olives. When CHS broke news of the Stowell project back in November, we called the new space an A&O expansion but the 1,000 square-foot Cotto is its own “light dining and cocktails” beast manned by Anchovies chef Zach Chambers in the kitchen.
Cotto’s debut comes only months following Stowell’s opening of Rione XIII farther down in the central 15th Ave E business district but still only a few blocks away. At the time, Stowell hinted that there may be more to come. “There may be something small happening,” he said.
Chef Ethan Stowell’s Bar Cotto opens today next door to Anchovies & Olives, his highly acclaimed seafood-focused restaurant on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Bar Cotto (which basically means “cooked” in Italian) is a Parma-style salumi bar and pizzeria with a focus on light dining and cocktails.
“I’ve wanted to do a small salumi bar for a number of years,” says Stowell. “There was a spot that fell through back in 2008, but I’m glad we waited until now. This space is a perfect size and it has a cool vibe—the new construction gives the room such a modern look—totally different from our other restaurants.”
Located at 1546 15th Avenue, the 1,000 square-foot space features light washed woods, large front-facing windows, and a short row of windows on the north wall that open into Anchovies & Olives. The dining area boasts 20 seats that include a row of small booths painted a high-gloss gray and banquet-seating running along the wall. The tabletops are covered in zinc and the 10-seat natural wood bar also sports a zinc top. The intimate room offers every guest a birds-eye view of the chalkboard with the daily salumi selection, the hand-cranked Barkel meat slicer, and two Wood Stone pizza ovens that make up the open kitchen.
Chef duties belong to Zach Chambers, who is the chef at Anchovies & Olives, and will run both spots. The menu is ideal for snacking and incudes a daily selection of local and internationally sourced artisan meats, a house-made porchetta, pizza, bruschetta, and small plates.
The daily selection of meat boards are offered at $7 each or five for $25 and include: Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto di San Daniele, Mortadella, Spicy Coppa, Prosciutto Cotto, Salame Felino, Culatello, Porchetta, Finocchiona, and Spreck.
Small plates range from $7 to $11 and include: Roasted Fennel, Bottarga and Preserved Lemon, Corona Bean and Romanesco Salad, Charred Treviso with Cipollini Agrodolce, Roasted Mushrooms with Sage and Strecchino, and Marinated Beets with Sultanas and Pistachios. The bruschetta menu ranges from $8 to $12 and includes: Lardo with Walnuts and Honey, Carne Cruda with Pecorino Toscano and Arugula, Chick Peas with Rapini and Anchovy, and Lamb Tongue with Salsa Verde.
The 13-inch pizzas include: Bianca (Cappezanza Olive Oil and Murray River Sea Salt), Fontina (Aged Fontina, Thyme, and Spring Onion), Funghi (Mixed Mushrooms, Fior di Latte, and Truffle Oil), Parma (Prosciutto, Arugula, Fior di Latte, and Tomato), and Salsiccia (Fennel Sausage, Rapini, Fior di Latte, and Tomato). Prices range from $13 to $16. Dessert will consist of Gelato, Sorbetto, and a Fruit and Nutella Tart.
The bar program is cocktail-focused and includes a selection of barrel-aged concoctions. There are even plans in the works for a house-made Limoncello and Amaretto. The thoughtful wine list is primarily Italian with a small selection of NW wines. Justin Rosgen, who is the manager and wine director at Anchovies & Olives, will be running the bar and wine program as well as the day-to-day operations.
Bar Cotto is open seven days a week from 4pm – 11pm. Happy hour is daily from 4pm to 6pm and will feature deals on food and drink. For reservations, call 206.838.8081 or visit www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/barcotto/.