My friends and I show up at 11:55am on a Friday. I feel lucky, as we’re able to wait on line inside the small restaurant – other times I’ve walked past, the line stretches out the door and up the block. We survey the menu written in chalk, near the front of the line. There are a few antipasto dishes that seem to be staples but the main reason you want to come here is to choose from the three fresh pasta entrees offered each day.
Pasta – handmade daily and prepared with whatever fresh ingredients can be found. Served until they run out. Which does happen. Every day. Monday through Friday. All within the four-hour span that they’re open.
If you want to be able to choose one of the dishes they listed that day on their blog, you’ll need to get there early. You very well may miss out on your first choice if you come too late. And I can pretty much guarantee you’re going to be sad that you missed it because the dish probably tastes even better than how their daily blog post described it. Better than that fancy shot of one of the daily pastas in a picture that seems to jump out off your screen.
This particular day, the three pasta choices are:
– Gigli with Housemade Pancetta, Wild Oregon Yellowfoot Mushrooms, Lemon, and Cream
– Pasta Misti alla Bolognese
– Roasted Parsnip and Cauliflower Lasagne With Kale and Tomato
My buddy C and I decided to split the Misti and the Gigli along with an order of olives, a salami plate and some freshly made focaccia which comes with olive oil for dipping. You receive the antipasto orders before you leave the counter where you place your order and then find an open seat or wait for a table to open up.
We sit down and dig in on the antipasto. All the sides we order are tasty and quickly devoured. Before we know it, our pasta dishes arrive. Both dishes exceed expectations that were pretty high to begin with. I’m not a professional food critic, so I won’t get all caught up in putting you on like I know what I’m talking about. I’m not going to try and pass off bloated descriptions about the complexity of the combination of flavors and texture of these artisanal treats.
Just make the decision and go. Go. Really. Check out this food you didn’t know was missing from your life. But understand before you do, this meal will leave you wanting to visit the restaurant again tomorrow, the next day and the day after that – eager to try another dish.
Il Corvo is located at 217 James St., Seattle WA, 98104 in Pioneer Square. They are open Monday through Friday from 11am until 3pm or whenever they run out of their fresh pasta. Dishes and descriptions are posted daily at http://ilcorvopasta.com/