the Buzz for August 5th, 2011


Billy Joel — “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant [live]”
(from The Complete Hits Collection [1973-1997]) — Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Live) - The Complete Hits Collection: 1973-1997 (Limited Edition)

My last word on Seattle (’cause I know you’re sick to death of hearing about it already): if you happen to find yourself in the city’s Wallingford neighborhood — as A and I did when we stopped in to visit one of his childhood friends — and you’re struck suddenly by an untenable hunger, the place you absolutely must check out is Bizzarro Italian Cafe, a tiny but impossibly charming little hole-in-the-wall pasta joint which has some of the absolute best food I’ve ever had the pleasure of noshing upon. The waitstaff is brilliantly courteous and attentive, the bolognese sauce is so terrific it deserves its own chair at the table, and the liquor-laced ladyfingers in the deviously delicious tiramisu just melt in your ever-grateful mouth like a Tootsie Roll on an August day. Trust me: if you only have plans to visit one Italian ristorante for the rest of your life, do your level best to make sure it’s this one.