Bizzarro Italian Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 1307 N 46th St

    Seattle, WA 98103

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  • 206-632-7277

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Monday To Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM

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I have always had a great time here.\r
It's my Go-To place for celebrating for just the two of us or with friends. LOVE IT

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★★★★★

I have always had a great time here.\r
It's my Go-To place for celebrating for just the two of us or with friends. LOVE IT

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Six of us, including three Italians, visited Bizarro on 1-21-12 to celebrate a birthday. Food was good, service medium, and desserts quite nice; bill a bit over $200. \r
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Our problem? As we were visiting and enjoying coffee after dinner,

3
★★★★★

Six of us, including three Italians, visited Bizarro on 1-21-12 to celebrate a birthday. Food was good, service medium, and desserts quite nice; bill a bit over $200. \r
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Our problem? As we were visiting and enjoying coffee after dinner,

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the food is okay. the Trimisou had too much cream.. the service was just ok

3
★★★★★

the food is okay. the Trimisou had too much cream.. the service was just ok

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Had a great meal at Bizarro. Both of the dishes we had were rich and delicious. My only nitpick is that the linguine for my elk bolognese was a bit overcooked for my liking. Didn't really have any bite. But the flavors were great. The beet

3
★★★★★

Had a great meal at Bizarro. Both of the dishes we had were rich and delicious. My only nitpick is that the linguine for my elk bolognese was a bit overcooked for my liking. Didn't really have any bite. But the flavors were great. The beet

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My husband and I LOVE going to Bizarro! The staff is always very friendly adn the food is outrageously good! We just went again recently the night before our wedding and everyone in our party kept raving about the food and service. We

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★★★★★

My husband and I LOVE going to Bizarro! The staff is always very friendly adn the food is outrageously good! We just went again recently the night before our wedding and everyone in our party kept raving about the food and service. We

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We went to Bizzarro and were enjoying a pleasant evening with friends we hadn't seen in a while. The food was okay but not great. After paying our bill of approximatley $350, including a generous tip, a waitress came over and told us to

3
★★★★★

We went to Bizzarro and were enjoying a pleasant evening with friends we hadn't seen in a while. The food was okay but not great. After paying our bill of approximatley $350, including a generous tip, a waitress came over and told us to

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We come frequently from Redmond for dinner because the food is always good, the atmosphere is fun, and the service is always prompt and friendly. Though we only share a salad, entree, dessert and wine, we are always treated pleasantly. We trust the consistency of Bizarro.

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★★★★☆

We come frequently from Redmond for dinner because the food is always good, the atmosphere is fun, and the service is always prompt and friendly. Though we only share a salad, entree, dessert and wine, we are always treated pleasantly. We trust the consistency of Bizarro.

Pros: Funky ambiance, terrific food, friendly service

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I don't ever write reviews, and I don't usually complain over service, either. However, my experience here was absolutely appalling.
The only reason this is getting even one star is that my review won't go through unless I click at least one.

I went here for my bachelorette party. First off, I think that no matter what quality of restaurant or service, the staff should make an effort to make that experience something special - after all, for such an important event, they should be glad that they were chosen as a venue for part of that evening.

We called ahead and let the staff know we would be a larger group and around what time we were expecting to show up. They said that was fine, and that they'd try to get some tables ready. We showed up, and proceeded to wait almost 2 HOURS on the sidewalk, in dresses and with no where to sit down.

We planned on ordering drinks and desserts. As soon as we told our waitress this, she stopped in her tracks, raised her voice, said "are you all just ordering dessert?" and proceeded to snatch away the dinner menus from us, and stomped off. She came back in a huff, and slapped down a few dessert menus. Every other interaction for the rest of the night from her was curt, rude and rushed.

Before we placed our dessert (AND DRINK) orders, the manager of the restaurant came over to our table, just to confirm that indeed we were JUST ordering dessert and drinks. (Mind you, our total tab was several hundred dollars, and they didn't deserve a dime of it.) He was also rude, and made us feel extremely unwelcome and awkward.

When our desserts were finally ready, our waitress literally DROPPED the spoons on the table, directly in front of me - the bride-to-be. I was astonished, as well as the rest of my party, and several surrounding tables were starting to observe this ridiculous behavior. Then when the dishes came out, she slammed them in front of each person. They almost immediately brought out the check, before we had even started enjoying our desserts and drinks, and tried to rush us out of there.

I have never in my entire life experienced worse service, and felt more unwelcome at any establishment. I was horrified that my friends had to witness the immature attitude of the waitress, and devastated that my "fun" night turned into such an awkward and awful ordeal. I question the ethics of a company that would hire such a selfish and unprofessional wait-staff, and run their restaurant in such a biased way. Thanks to the staff at Bizzarro Cafe, I will never recommend this restaurant, never return as a patron, and wish that I could erase that night from my memory.

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't ever write reviews, and I don't usually complain over service, either. However, my experience here was absolutely appalling.
The only reason this is getting even one star is that my review won't go through unless I click at least one.

I went here for my bachelorette party. First off, I think that no matter what quality of restaurant or service, the staff should make an effort to make that experience something special - after all, for such an important event, they should be glad that they were chosen as a venue for part of that evening.

We called ahead and let the staff know we would be a larger group and around what time we were expecting to show up. They said that was fine, and that they'd try to get some tables ready. We showed up, and proceeded to wait almost 2 HOURS on the sidewalk, in dresses and with no where to sit down.

We planned on ordering drinks and desserts. As soon as we told our waitress this, she stopped in her tracks, raised her voice, said "are you all just ordering dessert?" and proceeded to snatch away the dinner menus from us, and stomped off. She came back in a huff, and slapped down a few dessert menus. Every other interaction for the rest of the night from her was curt, rude and rushed.

Before we placed our dessert (AND DRINK) orders, the manager of the restaurant came over to our table, just to confirm that indeed we were JUST ordering dessert and drinks. (Mind you, our total tab was several hundred dollars, and they didn't deserve a dime of it.) He was also rude, and made us feel extremely unwelcome and awkward.

When our desserts were finally ready, our waitress literally DROPPED the spoons on the table, directly in front of me - the bride-to-be. I was astonished, as well as the rest of my party, and several surrounding tables were starting to observe this ridiculous behavior. Then when the dishes came out, she slammed them in front of each person. They almost immediately brought out the check, before we had even started enjoying our desserts and drinks, and tried to rush us out of there.

I have never in my entire life experienced worse service, and felt more unwelcome at any establishment. I was horrified that my friends had to witness the immature attitude of the waitress, and devastated that my "fun" night turned into such an awkward and awful ordeal. I question the ethics of a company that would hire such a selfish and unprofessional wait-staff, and run their restaurant in such a biased way. Thanks to the staff at Bizzarro Cafe, I will never recommend this restaurant, never return as a patron, and wish that I could erase that night from my memory.

Pros: dessert was nice

Cons: awful service, small, crowded, long waits

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A group of friends and I planned to go to Bizarro on a Friday night. We understood that there were no reservations, but we called ahead to ask if they could accommodate a large group. We were given no problem, and we were willing to wait the hour+ it took to get a table.
Upon ordering, the server realized that many of us had ordered salads rather than entrees and promptly changed from her cheery self to the rudest server I have ever met. She slammed the utensils down on the table, yelled across the table, and demanded our dessert orders approximately 3 mins after our salads were served. Even before we were finished with our plates, they were whisked away, no questions asked. We were in and out in less than an hour, and as we added up the bill (for which we had all brought cash), we were offered a calculator to hurry up our payment. We were stared down by the entire staff the whole evening.
Apparently, although this place advertises itself as a friendly and laid-back establishment, they would much rather serve those who would give them the most money in the least amount of time.

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★☆☆☆☆

A group of friends and I planned to go to Bizarro on a Friday night. We understood that there were no reservations, but we called ahead to ask if they could accommodate a large group. We were given no problem, and we were willing to wait the hour+ it took to get a table.
Upon ordering, the server realized that many of us had ordered salads rather than entrees and promptly changed from her cheery self to the rudest server I have ever met. She slammed the utensils down on the table, yelled across the table, and demanded our dessert orders approximately 3 mins after our salads were served. Even before we were finished with our plates, they were whisked away, no questions asked. We were in and out in less than an hour, and as we added up the bill (for which we had all brought cash), we were offered a calculator to hurry up our payment. We were stared down by the entire staff the whole evening.
Apparently, although this place advertises itself as a friendly and laid-back establishment, they would much rather serve those who would give them the most money in the least amount of time.

Pros: food was pretty good

Cons: they would rather you be a dollar bill than a customer

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Not sure what all the fuss is about. Food is nothing to brag about, service was so so at beat and it takes to dang long to get food from kitchen.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not sure what all the fuss is about. Food is nothing to brag about, service was so so at beat and it takes to dang long to get food from kitchen.

Cons: Bad Service and food takes to long.

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I am not the biggest fan of their entrees, but I am a fan of their Banana Fosters dessert! It is absolutely delicious. You dip vanilla ice cream into this banana and brown sugar sauce, which is hot. The place is cute and has a uniquely decorated atmosphere.

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★★★☆☆

I am not the biggest fan of their entrees, but I am a fan of their Banana Fosters dessert! It is absolutely delicious. You dip vanilla ice cream into this banana and brown sugar sauce, which is hot. The place is cute and has a uniquely decorated atmosphere.

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Fantastik, wonderful, we were so happy to have spent our modest dollars at this well run and exciting restaurant. unbelievable prices for such great and exciting meals. we watched as each table would observe what the next table had ordered and all of us excited to see what the next dish would be.....the 2 of us will make this a must go destination as long as these fine people keep serving such wonderful bites.

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★★★★★

Fantastik, wonderful, we were so happy to have spent our modest dollars at this well run and exciting restaurant. unbelievable prices for such great and exciting meals. we watched as each table would observe what the next table had ordered and all of us excited to see what the next dish would be.....the 2 of us will make this a must go destination as long as these fine people keep serving such wonderful bites.

Pros: beautiful food

Cons: worthwhile wait

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There are not many restaurants like this one. There are lots of table squeezed into a tight space and all the remaining space is filled with stuff.. looks like a yard sale. The last time I made reservations and they were an hour behind then we were seated at a table with another couple, but it ended up being ok. I had the Gorgonzola pear pasta YUM!

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★★★★☆

There are not many restaurants like this one. There are lots of table squeezed into a tight space and all the remaining space is filled with stuff.. looks like a yard sale. The last time I made reservations and they were an hour behind then we were seated at a table with another couple, but it ended up being ok. I had the Gorgonzola pear pasta YUM!

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I love the choices and quality of italian food here, as well as the wine. But, almost as important is the decor! It's a blast to see all the weird things hanging from the ceiling and walls, including (in the past) a big eyeball, a coffee cup and saucer, a table and chairs, bicycle, etc. It makes for a great conversation piece, and kids love it, as well.

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★★★★☆

I love the choices and quality of italian food here, as well as the wine. But, almost as important is the decor! It's a blast to see all the weird things hanging from the ceiling and walls, including (in the past) a big eyeball, a coffee cup and saucer, a table and chairs, bicycle, etc. It makes for a great conversation piece, and kids love it, as well.

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This place would be on my shortlist for my "last meal!" My boyfriend and I always pick Bizzarro's for any occasion that requires celebration - promotion, birthdays, anniversaries. When people ask us "where to eat when we're in Seattle" we always recommend Bizzarro's. The 'Forest Floor Frenzy' is AMAZING! I always order this dish and have never been disappointed. My boyfriend always gets something else which is predictably fabulous. The wines are amazing and they have a heavenly chocolate cake dessert (cannot remember exact name) which is great paired with a Port. They have an excellent wine menu to boot! But the best thing is the decor - it's whimsical, creative and entertaining. I think this is one of the best decorated restaurants in the city. This is the perfect date spot!

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★★★★★

This place would be on my shortlist for my "last meal!" My boyfriend and I always pick Bizzarro's for any occasion that requires celebration - promotion, birthdays, anniversaries. When people ask us "where to eat when we're in Seattle" we always recommend Bizzarro's. The 'Forest Floor Frenzy' is AMAZING! I always order this dish and have never been disappointed. My boyfriend always gets something else which is predictably fabulous. The wines are amazing and they have a heavenly chocolate cake dessert (cannot remember exact name) which is great paired with a Port. They have an excellent wine menu to boot! But the best thing is the decor - it's whimsical, creative and entertaining. I think this is one of the best decorated restaurants in the city. This is the perfect date spot!

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I've been to Bizzarro numerous times and leave the restaurant each time happy and content. I was born in Italy and have inherently developed very high expectations for Italian food. I have not come across a pair of such Italian gems as Bizzarro and Tutta Bella for pasta and pizza respectively before in the US and both of these restaurants are within a couple of blocks of each other! Whereas Tutta Bella offers authentic Neapolitan pizza, Bizzarro isn't as authentic in ambience or menu as it is on the quality of the pasta. What I mean is that the types of pasta sauces on offer would probably be considered quite liberal in Italy; however each one I have tried has been amazing. In particular, the ribboned pasta with white truffle sauce is delectable and hard to forego on each visit. The ambience is warm and, at the risk of sounding like a girl, cozy, and the walls are adorned with strange and misplaced mementos fit to inspire Lewis Carroll. I have found the prices to be very reasonable, the service excellent, and the wait staff pleasant and humorous. Keep in mind that even the finest Italian meal might not be everyone's cup of tea. If you're like one of the previous reviewers and feel the need to blast Bizzarro because it doesn't offer spaghetti, its probably time to look into your first trip to Bella Italia. I took a friend to Bizzarro recently, and, well, let's just say his idea of Italian dining is lasagna at Olive Garden. Needless to say, he did not appreciate the restaurant. I guess even the finest things in life attract criticism.

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★★★★★

I've been to Bizzarro numerous times and leave the restaurant each time happy and content. I was born in Italy and have inherently developed very high expectations for Italian food. I have not come across a pair of such Italian gems as Bizzarro and Tutta Bella for pasta and pizza respectively before in the US and both of these restaurants are within a couple of blocks of each other! Whereas Tutta Bella offers authentic Neapolitan pizza, Bizzarro isn't as authentic in ambience or menu as it is on the quality of the pasta. What I mean is that the types of pasta sauces on offer would probably be considered quite liberal in Italy; however each one I have tried has been amazing. In particular, the ribboned pasta with white truffle sauce is delectable and hard to forego on each visit. The ambience is warm and, at the risk of sounding like a girl, cozy, and the walls are adorned with strange and misplaced mementos fit to inspire Lewis Carroll. I have found the prices to be very reasonable, the service excellent, and the wait staff pleasant and humorous. Keep in mind that even the finest Italian meal might not be everyone's cup of tea. If you're like one of the previous reviewers and feel the need to blast Bizzarro because it doesn't offer spaghetti, its probably time to look into your first trip to Bella Italia. I took a friend to Bizzarro recently, and, well, let's just say his idea of Italian dining is lasagna at Olive Garden. Needless to say, he did not appreciate the restaurant. I guess even the finest things in life attract criticism.

Pros: excellent food every time, reasonable prices, light-hearted environment

Cons: raises existential concerns when considering people who don't like it

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Man this place wah so tight i took my girlie there and we had all this bomb and good experience friend. man we had some wine and cheese man, it wasn't like anything new but still. We had all salami and cakes man. There was a lot of beans in one of the dishes so that was real tight. Man, if i had wonna these in my house that would be tight. This place is the bomb right next to Mashed Potato Melissa's on Broadway and John downtown.

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★★★★☆

Man this place wah so tight i took my girlie there and we had all this bomb and good experience friend. man we had some wine and cheese man, it wasn't like anything new but still. We had all salami and cakes man. There was a lot of beans in one of the dishes so that was real tight. Man, if i had wonna these in my house that would be tight. This place is the bomb right next to Mashed Potato Melissa's on Broadway and John downtown.

Pros: the tables man

Cons: the lights man

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It's my second visit to Bizzara. The atmosphere is good, the service is good, and the food is tasty and well-prepared. The problem is that the portions are very small and the prices are very high. A $25+ salmon meal had 5 ounces of salmon (8-10 bites max) and 5 shoots of asparagus, and 2 tablespoons of pesto. All pasta portions were small, including the small bowls of soup. Party of 4 cost $140 with 1/2 carafe of house wine that was average at best. Restaurant has nice location and atmosphere, but it lacks value.

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★★☆☆☆

It's my second visit to Bizzara. The atmosphere is good, the service is good, and the food is tasty and well-prepared. The problem is that the portions are very small and the prices are very high. A $25+ salmon meal had 5 ounces of salmon (8-10 bites max) and 5 shoots of asparagus, and 2 tablespoons of pesto. All pasta portions were small, including the small bowls of soup. Party of 4 cost $140 with 1/2 carafe of house wine that was average at best. Restaurant has nice location and atmosphere, but it lacks value.

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Went to Bizarro two weeks ago with my brother and a friend. It was Tuesday night, so we were able to get a table right away. We started with some wine and a great salami antipasto. I had the linguini with clams and pancetta, my brother had the lamb shank, and my friend had the pasta with kale. I sampled the other two and both were great. My own meal was fantastic. I loved the fresh pasta and the light broth and lots of clams. The portions were just right. For dessert, we had the chocolate vesuvius - warm espresso/chocolate cake with espresso ice cream. Overall, great food, great service, and great atmosphere. This place is also kid friendly. There were two tables behind us with kids, but we barely noticed them

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★★★★★

Went to Bizarro two weeks ago with my brother and a friend. It was Tuesday night, so we were able to get a table right away. We started with some wine and a great salami antipasto. I had the linguini with clams and pancetta, my brother had the lamb shank, and my friend had the pasta with kale. I sampled the other two and both were great. My own meal was fantastic. I loved the fresh pasta and the light broth and lots of clams. The portions were just right. For dessert, we had the chocolate vesuvius - warm espresso/chocolate cake with espresso ice cream. Overall, great food, great service, and great atmosphere. This place is also kid friendly. There were two tables behind us with kids, but we barely noticed them

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: No reservations, so expect to wait on busy nights

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I took my boyfriend there last night to celebrate his birthday after hearing about Bizzaro's from a few coworkers. We loved it! He had a lamb shank that was perfectly cooked, and I had gnocchi in a braised pork sauce. We had a fantastic bruschetta appetizer, and I had the most delicious apple hazlenut salad as well. The service was great. We plan on going back with my boyfriend's parents when they visit next weekend!

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★★★★★

I took my boyfriend there last night to celebrate his birthday after hearing about Bizzaro's from a few coworkers. We loved it! He had a lamb shank that was perfectly cooked, and I had gnocchi in a braised pork sauce. We had a fantastic bruschetta appetizer, and I had the most delicious apple hazlenut salad as well. The service was great. We plan on going back with my boyfriend's parents when they visit next weekend!

Pros: Ambience, Service, 300 Mile Menu

Cons: A bit loud

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My wife and I tried Bizzarro for the first time yesterday for V-Day and had a very pleasant experience. Since we had a reservation, there was no wait. The atmosphere combined with the excellent fresh food reminded me of the many great San Francisco restaurants we enjoyed during our time in SF. The wine list could be broader but we still found something decent for a reasonable price. In the end we had a four course meal with a bottle of wine for a very good deal. We will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

My wife and I tried Bizzarro for the first time yesterday for V-Day and had a very pleasant experience. Since we had a reservation, there was no wait. The atmosphere combined with the excellent fresh food reminded me of the many great San Francisco restaurants we enjoyed during our time in SF. The wine list could be broader but we still found something decent for a reasonable price. In the end we had a four course meal with a bottle of wine for a very good deal. We will definitely be back!

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Bizzarro has a great atmosphere with tons of decorations on the walls and hanging off the ceilings! There is great service, however they do not take reservations friday and saturday nights. The fresh pasta and amazing sauces will not disappoint you.

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★★★★★

Bizzarro has a great atmosphere with tons of decorations on the walls and hanging off the ceilings! There is great service, however they do not take reservations friday and saturday nights. The fresh pasta and amazing sauces will not disappoint you.

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I happened upon this unusual place totally by accident and thank heavens for that. Being a chef/caterer, I'm always looking for new food experiences and this is one of the best. The atmosphere is fun, inviting, warm, and yet somehow intimate. The food, however, is the star of the show. Aside from being beautifully plated and presented by an amazing staff, the cuisine here is Italy in all it's color and flavor. This is so far the only truly authentic Italian food I've found in my 2 years in Seattle. The combinations of flavors and the delicate balances that can be found here cover not only those regions of Italy we are all familiar with, but they also highlight the a diversity that is Italy. Italian food is not all pizza and spaghetti, it is so much more. Chef's use of fish, lamb and local fresh produce highlight his understanding that not everything must swim in heavy tomato sauce. The pasta was tender and tasty. The portions perfect. The wine list was also quite nice and the staff knowledgeable If I were told that I could eat only the food from one country or my life would end, it would undoubtedly be Italy and I could only hope that Chef Mike Easton would do the honors. Bravisimo Chef, bravisimo.

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★★★★★

I happened upon this unusual place totally by accident and thank heavens for that. Being a chef/caterer, I'm always looking for new food experiences and this is one of the best. The atmosphere is fun, inviting, warm, and yet somehow intimate. The food, however, is the star of the show. Aside from being beautifully plated and presented by an amazing staff, the cuisine here is Italy in all it's color and flavor. This is so far the only truly authentic Italian food I've found in my 2 years in Seattle. The combinations of flavors and the delicate balances that can be found here cover not only those regions of Italy we are all familiar with, but they also highlight the a diversity that is Italy. Italian food is not all pizza and spaghetti, it is so much more. Chef's use of fish, lamb and local fresh produce highlight his understanding that not everything must swim in heavy tomato sauce. The pasta was tender and tasty. The portions perfect. The wine list was also quite nice and the staff knowledgeable If I were told that I could eat only the food from one country or my life would end, it would undoubtedly be Italy and I could only hope that Chef Mike Easton would do the honors. Bravisimo Chef, bravisimo.

Pros: Great food, excellent service, fun atmoshere, no cell phones allowed yay!!!

Cons: none

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I was really paying for atmosphere in this place because I found the food bland and disapointing.It was too much of one, boring flavor. Don't come here if you are expecting spaghetti on the menu because this is one Italian restaurant that does not have it. Maybe they are just too cool for it? Fun, random decor and service was average but I will not be returning.

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★★☆☆☆

I was really paying for atmosphere in this place because I found the food bland and disapointing.It was too much of one, boring flavor. Don't come here if you are expecting spaghetti on the menu because this is one Italian restaurant that does not have it. Maybe they are just too cool for it? Fun, random decor and service was average but I will not be returning.

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I ordered Carbonara which I make it at home all the time and I wanted to try "the traditional" at restraurant. It was very bad... no flavor at all and maybe 5 pieces of Pancetta ( which looked more like bacon to me).
Not worth the money and wait.

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★☆☆☆☆

I ordered Carbonara which I make it at home all the time and I wanted to try "the traditional" at restraurant. It was very bad... no flavor at all and maybe 5 pieces of Pancetta ( which looked more like bacon to me).
Not worth the money and wait.

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The ambiance is bizarre and they don't want you to bring your cell phone. Ok.

Solid Italian food.

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★★★★☆

The ambiance is bizarre and they don't want you to bring your cell phone. Ok.

Solid Italian food.

Pros: Food

Cons: Price

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This restaurant is super yummy! I love a place that can be hip, fun, classy, respectable, interesting, unique, and have totally delicious food on top of all that. I have been to Bizzarro several times. I'm no regular, but I will always go back for more. I read the two other reviews here and I have to say that in my experience, the "no cell phone" rule has not been an issue. I did notice the sign the last time I went there and thought it was kind of funny. I wondered how strictly it was enforced and whether or not they actually make you cough up the five bucks. I think if my large table of friends enjoying themselves had a member of the party singled out to be "yelled" at by the waiter, I would be put off too. It's one thing to enforce a rule that is important to the establishment and regular customers and another to treat people badly. In a place like that I would expect someone to maybe jokingly make a fuss about it where others were in earshot, but if the general mood of the dinner party was truly affected by the scene that it caused and the charge, I completely understand there might be feelings about that still lingering. I would probably write a letter saying as much to the owner(s) and their response would give me my cue as a future patron or one time customer as the case may be.

As for me, I will go back and hope for the best, that is what I have experienced so far and that is what I expect in the future. Anything less, and I will be back here to tell you folks about it! We locals gotta stick together on matters such as these, right?

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★★★★★

This restaurant is super yummy! I love a place that can be hip, fun, classy, respectable, interesting, unique, and have totally delicious food on top of all that. I have been to Bizzarro several times. I'm no regular, but I will always go back for more. I read the two other reviews here and I have to say that in my experience, the "no cell phone" rule has not been an issue. I did notice the sign the last time I went there and thought it was kind of funny. I wondered how strictly it was enforced and whether or not they actually make you cough up the five bucks. I think if my large table of friends enjoying themselves had a member of the party singled out to be "yelled" at by the waiter, I would be put off too. It's one thing to enforce a rule that is important to the establishment and regular customers and another to treat people badly. In a place like that I would expect someone to maybe jokingly make a fuss about it where others were in earshot, but if the general mood of the dinner party was truly affected by the scene that it caused and the charge, I completely understand there might be feelings about that still lingering. I would probably write a letter saying as much to the owner(s) and their response would give me my cue as a future patron or one time customer as the case may be.

As for me, I will go back and hope for the best, that is what I have experienced so far and that is what I expect in the future. Anything less, and I will be back here to tell you folks about it! We locals gotta stick together on matters such as these, right?

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OK, I have to take acatplu to task over her review of Bizzarro Italian Cafe in regards to its five dollar cell phone fee. First of all, she states, "There was nothing on the menu stating the rule, no visible signs... and then we were instructed to look at the sign behind the hostess table." This is simply not true. The five dollar rule is clearly printed on Bizzarro?s menu. Secondly, if everyone in her party failed to notice the rule on the sign it was their own fault. Last summer, I failed to notice a lowered speed limit sign on 101. You know what? My speeding [expletive] got a ticket. Just because I didn?t see it, doesn?t mean it wasn?t there. The five dollar phone fee at Bizzarro is in place for the benefit of its clientele. A fact the acatplu cedes, "I hate cell phones in restaurants and never use them - especially people who can ruin your meal;" The fact of the matter is that the folks at Bizzarro care a great deal about providing excellent food in an environment that allows people to enjoy their food and each other. If that means reminding people that they need to respect their fellow diners, so be it

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★★★★★

OK, I have to take acatplu to task over her review of Bizzarro Italian Cafe in regards to its five dollar cell phone fee. First of all, she states, "There was nothing on the menu stating the rule, no visible signs... and then we were instructed to look at the sign behind the hostess table." This is simply not true. The five dollar rule is clearly printed on Bizzarro?s menu. Secondly, if everyone in her party failed to notice the rule on the sign it was their own fault. Last summer, I failed to notice a lowered speed limit sign on 101. You know what? My speeding [expletive] got a ticket. Just because I didn?t see it, doesn?t mean it wasn?t there. The five dollar phone fee at Bizzarro is in place for the benefit of its clientele. A fact the acatplu cedes, "I hate cell phones in restaurants and never use them - especially people who can ruin your meal;" The fact of the matter is that the folks at Bizzarro care a great deal about providing excellent food in an environment that allows people to enjoy their food and each other. If that means reminding people that they need to respect their fellow diners, so be it

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After walking by the wonderfully decorated spot numerous times, we decided to check it out for a friend's birthday. The service was fabulous, the food and wine was to die for and the atmosphere was perfect. I sat with my 15 friends and we all decided to make it a regular stop... UNTIL my friend sitting next to me answered her cell phone to give directions to the restaurant. The waiter SCREAMED across the restuarant "That's a five dollar cell phone charge!!!" We thought he was kidding, until our $500 bill came and sure enough, there was the charge. There was nothing on the menu stating the rule, no visible signs... and then we were instructed to look at the sign behind the hostess table. Since our friends walked right in and sat at our table, none of them stood in the doorway, the only place you can see the chalkboard sign. Yes, it is only $5... hardly anything. The bummer was that it totally ruined the mood and nobody could believe it. We felt like we were tricked and that if a monetary fine was to be enforced, it should either be on a menu, or the server should warn you. We had no idea and it was our very first time there! I hate cell phones in restaurants and never use them - especially people who can ruin your meal; but my friend was not yelling, not obtrusive and was giving directions to THEIR restaurant. Our group was only polite and easy to serve the entire night. The waiter YELLING about our charge was more of an obstruction that my friend on her 1 minute call. I loved the place... but it was terrible way to be treated - yelling at her is enough punishment... pretty embarassing... but to tack on a charge is shady. Pretty sure it is not going to be our "regular spot" afterall.

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★★★☆☆

After walking by the wonderfully decorated spot numerous times, we decided to check it out for a friend's birthday. The service was fabulous, the food and wine was to die for and the atmosphere was perfect. I sat with my 15 friends and we all decided to make it a regular stop... UNTIL my friend sitting next to me answered her cell phone to give directions to the restaurant. The waiter SCREAMED across the restuarant "That's a five dollar cell phone charge!!!" We thought he was kidding, until our $500 bill came and sure enough, there was the charge. There was nothing on the menu stating the rule, no visible signs... and then we were instructed to look at the sign behind the hostess table. Since our friends walked right in and sat at our table, none of them stood in the doorway, the only place you can see the chalkboard sign. Yes, it is only $5... hardly anything. The bummer was that it totally ruined the mood and nobody could believe it. We felt like we were tricked and that if a monetary fine was to be enforced, it should either be on a menu, or the server should warn you. We had no idea and it was our very first time there! I hate cell phones in restaurants and never use them - especially people who can ruin your meal; but my friend was not yelling, not obtrusive and was giving directions to THEIR restaurant. Our group was only polite and easy to serve the entire night. The waiter YELLING about our charge was more of an obstruction that my friend on her 1 minute call. I loved the place... but it was terrible way to be treated - yelling at her is enough punishment... pretty embarassing... but to tack on a charge is shady. Pretty sure it is not going to be our "regular spot" afterall.

Pros: Very fun atmosphere

Cons: Beware of the $5 cell phone charge!

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So because I have read some of the other ratings, I have to say something first. When I go to a spendy place like the Herbfarm, I expect perfection, elegance, expertly executed service and cuisine. I'm spending hundreds of dollars!! When I go to a quirky little place in Green Lake, I expect something different.
The decor is very interesting, you won't get bored checking out all the stuff hanging from the ceiling. We had a 30 minute wait, but it's not a problem because there's a bar next door. One beer later and our table was ready. The soup was so-so and the caesar salad was less than so-so. The lasagna with bolognese and the trout were both delicious. The lasagna was cheesy, very herby, very generously proportioned. The trout had a wonderful crispy skin, and I was able to eat it all without removing the skin. The wine was not very good, I'd probably bring my own bottle next time. The waiter was just the right mix of helpful, entertaining, and unobtrusive. From what I could gather from the menu, they really try to procure local, organic food. I'll definitely be back here soon!

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★★★★★

So because I have read some of the other ratings, I have to say something first. When I go to a spendy place like the Herbfarm, I expect perfection, elegance, expertly executed service and cuisine. I'm spending hundreds of dollars!! When I go to a quirky little place in Green Lake, I expect something different.
The decor is very interesting, you won't get bored checking out all the stuff hanging from the ceiling. We had a 30 minute wait, but it's not a problem because there's a bar next door. One beer later and our table was ready. The soup was so-so and the caesar salad was less than so-so. The lasagna with bolognese and the trout were both delicious. The lasagna was cheesy, very herby, very generously proportioned. The trout had a wonderful crispy skin, and I was able to eat it all without removing the skin. The wine was not very good, I'd probably bring my own bottle next time. The waiter was just the right mix of helpful, entertaining, and unobtrusive. From what I could gather from the menu, they really try to procure local, organic food. I'll definitely be back here soon!

Pros: decor, main dishes

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I always look forward to my visits to this quaint and comfortable restaurant. The food is always fresh and very tasty. I LOVE the specials (and the chef is super cute!). I took some friends for a Valentine's Day double date and they were blown away by the service. While the staff is sassy and fun, we are always well taken care of. A table visit from one of the owners is not unusual and adds to the casual and homey environment. Highly recommended as a spot for a first date, old lovers, family and good friends. Super yummy food, fun service, and cozy atmosphere. It's a special place!

2
★★★★★

I always look forward to my visits to this quaint and comfortable restaurant. The food is always fresh and very tasty. I LOVE the specials (and the chef is super cute!). I took some friends for a Valentine's Day double date and they were blown away by the service. While the staff is sassy and fun, we are always well taken care of. A table visit from one of the owners is not unusual and adds to the casual and homey environment. Highly recommended as a spot for a first date, old lovers, family and good friends. Super yummy food, fun service, and cozy atmosphere. It's a special place!

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While the food was ok, the etiquette so proudly preached in with big signs stating NO CELL PHONES and a charge to go with it (SERIOUSLY), this Italian Cafe does not practice what it preaches. Restaurant etiquette is not practiced here as they will "politely" kick you out if you have stayed longer than their viewed welcome.

After paying a fair amount for a 3 course meal we were asked to leave because there were people outside waiting to get in. We had been enjoying a nice meal and conversation but were abruptly shewed out and we no longer felt welcome.

Even if I enjoy the food somewhat I certainly will not go back because they view their customers as privileged to sit at their restaurant. I hope that they do not continue to treat their customers this way and hope that future customers do not allow themselves to be treated as such either.

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★☆☆☆☆

While the food was ok, the etiquette so proudly preached in with big signs stating NO CELL PHONES and a charge to go with it (SERIOUSLY), this Italian Cafe does not practice what it preaches. Restaurant etiquette is not practiced here as they will "politely" kick you out if you have stayed longer than their viewed welcome.

After paying a fair amount for a 3 course meal we were asked to leave because there were people outside waiting to get in. We had been enjoying a nice meal and conversation but were abruptly shewed out and we no longer felt welcome.

Even if I enjoy the food somewhat I certainly will not go back because they view their customers as privileged to sit at their restaurant. I hope that they do not continue to treat their customers this way and hope that future customers do not allow themselves to be treated as such either.

Pros: FOOD OK

Cons: RUDE

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I?ve just visited Bizzarros Italian Cafe, again after an extended break. I was taken by the amazing new changes in the menu and the delicious dishes shared by my other 3 companions. Once a frequent patron, my visits to the restaurant became less and less as the food quality became less desired, UNTIL NOW.

At a first glance the charm and the quirkiness of the restaurant was still preserved yet I was surprised at all the subtle changes and most of all the dramatic changes to the things that matter the most?the food and the wine selections. The updates the new owners and Chef Mike made have given me the pleasure of falling in love with the ?new? version of Bizzarros once again. Thanks, Bizzarros?I will definitely become a frequent visitor?again and again.

2
★★★★★

I?ve just visited Bizzarros Italian Cafe, again after an extended break. I was taken by the amazing new changes in the menu and the delicious dishes shared by my other 3 companions. Once a frequent patron, my visits to the restaurant became less and less as the food quality became less desired, UNTIL NOW.

At a first glance the charm and the quirkiness of the restaurant was still preserved yet I was surprised at all the subtle changes and most of all the dramatic changes to the things that matter the most?the food and the wine selections. The updates the new owners and Chef Mike made have given me the pleasure of falling in love with the ?new? version of Bizzarros once again. Thanks, Bizzarros?I will definitely become a frequent visitor?again and again.

Pros: Unique and Quirky Atmosphere

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Okay, the food is more sophisticated than the "eye-talian" restaurants of my childhood, but I did get that cozy feeling from when I was young and we went out to dinner. I love the focus on pasta (haven't made it past the noodles) esp the ragu and the bolegnese (sp) sauce. It has a variety of meats and a deep flavor. The service is good too, people seem pretty happy to be working there. Try it for something hearty!

2
★★★★☆

Okay, the food is more sophisticated than the "eye-talian" restaurants of my childhood, but I did get that cozy feeling from when I was young and we went out to dinner. I love the focus on pasta (haven't made it past the noodles) esp the ragu and the bolegnese (sp) sauce. It has a variety of meats and a deep flavor. The service is good too, people seem pretty happy to be working there. Try it for something hearty!

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I eat at Bizzarro pretty regularly as its my favorite italian restaurant in Seattle. I always have a great time and I love the food, but lately I've been treated to some pretty tasty specials. A couple of weeks ago I had wild boar and black beans, I didn't even know I liked black beans...it was so incredibly tasty. Last week it was oxtail ragu, which was suprisingly delicious. I had never tasted wild boar or oxtail and was pleasantly suprised by both of these dishes. Tonight I stopped in and had chicken catchatori, served in a little boat..it consited of three large pieces of slow cooked chicken in a zesty red sauce with some kinda small dark flavorful olives. I'm not typically a dark meat kinda guy but that was some good chicken!

For dessert I had a zabaglione which is a vanilla custard that Bizzarro serves with a balsmic reduction, which was absolutely unbelievably good.

Bizzarro has always been a place for me to go and enjoy a good italian meal but I guess what I'm try to convey is that recently it seems like its become something more than that. I'm eating things I've never heard of, couldn't imagine liking or can't even pronounce and I'm loving it. The chef is challenging my pallete each and every time I stop in. I still get to enjoy all the things I love about the place and now theres even more to love.

As a closing note...I'm offended that someone would dare to compare Bizzarro to the olive garden. The olive garden is glorified food court cuisine. Bizzarro is authentic, rustic italian food and they don't have an upside down christmas tree at the olive garden. Obviously you should never trust anybody named pinkalicous when it comes to good italian food.

2
★★★★★

I eat at Bizzarro pretty regularly as its my favorite italian restaurant in Seattle. I always have a great time and I love the food, but lately I've been treated to some pretty tasty specials. A couple of weeks ago I had wild boar and black beans, I didn't even know I liked black beans...it was so incredibly tasty. Last week it was oxtail ragu, which was suprisingly delicious. I had never tasted wild boar or oxtail and was pleasantly suprised by both of these dishes. Tonight I stopped in and had chicken catchatori, served in a little boat..it consited of three large pieces of slow cooked chicken in a zesty red sauce with some kinda small dark flavorful olives. I'm not typically a dark meat kinda guy but that was some good chicken!

For dessert I had a zabaglione which is a vanilla custard that Bizzarro serves with a balsmic reduction, which was absolutely unbelievably good.

Bizzarro has always been a place for me to go and enjoy a good italian meal but I guess what I'm try to convey is that recently it seems like its become something more than that. I'm eating things I've never heard of, couldn't imagine liking or can't even pronounce and I'm loving it. The chef is challenging my pallete each and every time I stop in. I still get to enjoy all the things I love about the place and now theres even more to love.

As a closing note...I'm offended that someone would dare to compare Bizzarro to the olive garden. The olive garden is glorified food court cuisine. Bizzarro is authentic, rustic italian food and they don't have an upside down christmas tree at the olive garden. Obviously you should never trust anybody named pinkalicous when it comes to good italian food.

Pros: food, desserts, ambience, service

Cons: parking, sometimes the wait

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I was pretty excited about eating here and was told that the wait would be about 20 minutes. No problemo. Since the waiting area was really tiny and was already packed with people, they suggested that they will give us a call on our cell phone when they're ready while we waited in the car. Twenty minutes had passed and no call. We waited a little longer (30 min. to be exact), being more patient and we soon begin to see that the people who came after us was getting seated before us. My bf went in and asked him how much longer but the hostess claimed that she came out to look for us and didn't see us so she assumed we'd canceled. What??! She said she was going to call us and we were outside waiting in the car in front of the restaurant the whole time! Pfft, anyways, that soured our moods. Let's get onto the food. I had pumpkin ravioli which was pretty good but the portions were small. The wine that was suggested, I wish I had not complied. My bf's pasta was all right. I don't know about you but I had better service and better food at Olive Garden! The wait and food was just not worth it. The ambience was cute though, good for a date place but I'd rather be eating at Olive Garden which is just as good (if not, better!)

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★★★☆☆

I was pretty excited about eating here and was told that the wait would be about 20 minutes. No problemo. Since the waiting area was really tiny and was already packed with people, they suggested that they will give us a call on our cell phone when they're ready while we waited in the car. Twenty minutes had passed and no call. We waited a little longer (30 min. to be exact), being more patient and we soon begin to see that the people who came after us was getting seated before us. My bf went in and asked him how much longer but the hostess claimed that she came out to look for us and didn't see us so she assumed we'd canceled. What??! She said she was going to call us and we were outside waiting in the car in front of the restaurant the whole time! Pfft, anyways, that soured our moods. Let's get onto the food. I had pumpkin ravioli which was pretty good but the portions were small. The wine that was suggested, I wish I had not complied. My bf's pasta was all right. I don't know about you but I had better service and better food at Olive Garden! The wait and food was just not worth it. The ambience was cute though, good for a date place but I'd rather be eating at Olive Garden which is just as good (if not, better!)

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I recently dined at Bizzarro and was pleasantly surprised. Quirky in decor yet lively in ambiance. The size of the restaurant is small but that added to its originality and "homey" feel. The food was fantastic! I ordered the puttanesca which was just the right amount and very satisfying. Overall, the restaurant reminded me of Little Italy in New York, with welcoming staff and fantastic cuisine.

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★★★★★

I recently dined at Bizzarro and was pleasantly surprised. Quirky in decor yet lively in ambiance. The size of the restaurant is small but that added to its originality and "homey" feel. The food was fantastic! I ordered the puttanesca which was just the right amount and very satisfying. Overall, the restaurant reminded me of Little Italy in New York, with welcoming staff and fantastic cuisine.

Pros: Great food, origional

Cons: Slow service

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not the best past, as i had too much sauce with my meal, but good bread and a fun date atmosphere...the service was also very good

2
★★★★☆

not the best past, as i had too much sauce with my meal, but good bread and a fun date atmosphere...the service was also very good

Pros: reasonably priced

Cons: not incredible----but still good

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my boyfriend was driving home one day and noticed this little italian cafe called bizarro off of stoneway. we decided to check it out this evening, arriving around 5:30. when we showed up, there were maybe 1 or 2 other tables of people there, but the minute i walked in i was in LOVE with the decor. i was lucky enough to sit near the little fireplace as well in the corner.

we were served some bread with olive oil and little bits of garlic. it was fantastic! my boyfriend then ordered the smoked mozzarella ravioli with granny smith apples, and i got the orchietta alfredo. these both came with salads, his a house, mine a caesar. it was tasty! then, for the main dinner, i was in HEAVEN. the alfredo was to die for - different than your typical alfredo sauce, it was thick, creamy, and had a smoky/savory taste to it. my boyfriend seemed extremely pleased with his ravioli, so i had to try some. i am DEFINITELY trying that dish next. the smoked mozzarella with the apple on top was an amazing combo and badically made my taste buds do a little dance!

the atmosphere was great, definitely an awesome place to go with a friend or significant other. my server wasn't crazy or anything like some others have said; he was pleasant though. the music is great, too.. and the upside down table hanging from the ceiling is awesome!

great food, great atmosphere.. amazing little italian cafe i will definitely visit quite often in my neighborhood.

2
★★★★★

my boyfriend was driving home one day and noticed this little italian cafe called bizarro off of stoneway. we decided to check it out this evening, arriving around 5:30. when we showed up, there were maybe 1 or 2 other tables of people there, but the minute i walked in i was in LOVE with the decor. i was lucky enough to sit near the little fireplace as well in the corner.

we were served some bread with olive oil and little bits of garlic. it was fantastic! my boyfriend then ordered the smoked mozzarella ravioli with granny smith apples, and i got the orchietta alfredo. these both came with salads, his a house, mine a caesar. it was tasty! then, for the main dinner, i was in HEAVEN. the alfredo was to die for - different than your typical alfredo sauce, it was thick, creamy, and had a smoky/savory taste to it. my boyfriend seemed extremely pleased with his ravioli, so i had to try some. i am DEFINITELY trying that dish next. the smoked mozzarella with the apple on top was an amazing combo and badically made my taste buds do a little dance!

the atmosphere was great, definitely an awesome place to go with a friend or significant other. my server wasn't crazy or anything like some others have said; he was pleasant though. the music is great, too.. and the upside down table hanging from the ceiling is awesome!

great food, great atmosphere.. amazing little italian cafe i will definitely visit quite often in my neighborhood.

Pros: amazing food, great atmosphere, and i LOVE that they charge $5 for using a cell phone - i hate when people sit on their phones in restaurants!

Cons: none

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I went here with my boyfriend and absolutely loved it. The interior and atmosphere are fascinating, it definitely gives you something to talk about. Our waiter was hilarious as well. We joked about how his wedding photo from Las Vegas was part of the table decorations. Super polite and entertaining. I had the smoked mozzarella ravioli with hazlenuts and granny smith apples which was divine! It was the perfect combination of different flavors. The house wine that we had with our dinner was extremely decent for a house wine. I am definitely going back here again with more people!

2
★★★★★

I went here with my boyfriend and absolutely loved it. The interior and atmosphere are fascinating, it definitely gives you something to talk about. Our waiter was hilarious as well. We joked about how his wedding photo from Las Vegas was part of the table decorations. Super polite and entertaining. I had the smoked mozzarella ravioli with hazlenuts and granny smith apples which was divine! It was the perfect combination of different flavors. The house wine that we had with our dinner was extremely decent for a house wine. I am definitely going back here again with more people!

Pros: funky atmosphere, fun staff, and fabulous food

Cons: none!

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Creative decor aside this is just an ok restaurant serving so so food. I had to wait an extremely long time for a table do to the fact that people love to sit for a long time and socialize in large groups. That's not the problem though. I dont mind waiting for food that is going to be fanatastic in every way. My wait might as well have been absent. The food was really no better than a typical night at the Olive Garden. And the staff at the Olive Garden is a hell of lot nicer. The too cool for school staff left me cold. The sauces which were stated to be homemade tasted out of a jar for sure. The salads which I always have high hope for, was standard with nothing bold that made it stand out. So needless to say I spent a lot of time pushing food around on my plate and staring at amusing art work. Go elsewhere.

1
★★☆☆☆

Creative decor aside this is just an ok restaurant serving so so food. I had to wait an extremely long time for a table do to the fact that people love to sit for a long time and socialize in large groups. That's not the problem though. I dont mind waiting for food that is going to be fanatastic in every way. My wait might as well have been absent. The food was really no better than a typical night at the Olive Garden. And the staff at the Olive Garden is a hell of lot nicer. The too cool for school staff left me cold. The sauces which were stated to be homemade tasted out of a jar for sure. The salads which I always have high hope for, was standard with nothing bold that made it stand out. So needless to say I spent a lot of time pushing food around on my plate and staring at amusing art work. Go elsewhere.

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One of the best antipasto appetizers in Seattle. If you are lucky there will be live music--a great Spanish guitar player. The gnocci was also quite tasty.

2
★★★★☆

One of the best antipasto appetizers in Seattle. If you are lucky there will be live music--a great Spanish guitar player. The gnocci was also quite tasty.

Pros: Antipasto plate

Cons: Small restaurant

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I like this place! I thought it might be too kitchy -- but I love the staff and the food is pretty tasty. To start: the olive oil with herbs & warm bread were both incredibly good. My paparadelle with ragu was delicious. The gorgonzola pasta dish was strangely bland-- so we asked for extra gorgonzola to sprinkle on top. For dessert: get the bananas! Its a warm bananas foster type dish with vanilla ice cream -- and its incredible! Funny: they will actually tack on $5 to your bill, if you're caught using a cell phone. This happened to us!

2
★★★★☆

I like this place! I thought it might be too kitchy -- but I love the staff and the food is pretty tasty. To start: the olive oil with herbs & warm bread were both incredibly good. My paparadelle with ragu was delicious. The gorgonzola pasta dish was strangely bland-- so we asked for extra gorgonzola to sprinkle on top. For dessert: get the bananas! Its a warm bananas foster type dish with vanilla ice cream -- and its incredible! Funny: they will actually tack on $5 to your bill, if you're caught using a cell phone. This happened to us!

Pros: Bananas Foster, bread & olive oil, paparadelle ragu

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They really don't need another gushing review...but I was just at another italian place that made me wish I'd been at Bizarro instead. A visual and culinary pleasure always. Staff rocks and makes you feel like you are the most important customers there.

2
★★★★★

They really don't need another gushing review...but I was just at another italian place that made me wish I'd been at Bizarro instead. A visual and culinary pleasure always. Staff rocks and makes you feel like you are the most important customers there.

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I wish this place had better entrees than they do because it would probably end up being my favorite restaurant. The entrees sound amazing but never seem to come together the way that they sound on paper. Amazing bread and dipping oil/vinegar, yummy desserts, great wine and cheese selection, and quirky staff. A fun place to go but I have given it a few chances and have yet to feel like I am getting my moneys worth for the main course. Recommended for appetizers and wine/cheese night or just a dessert.

2
★★★★☆

I wish this place had better entrees than they do because it would probably end up being my favorite restaurant. The entrees sound amazing but never seem to come together the way that they sound on paper. Amazing bread and dipping oil/vinegar, yummy desserts, great wine and cheese selection, and quirky staff. A fun place to go but I have given it a few chances and have yet to feel like I am getting my moneys worth for the main course. Recommended for appetizers and wine/cheese night or just a dessert.

Pros: Ambience, Wait Staff, Dessert

Cons: Entrees

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I ate at Wallingfords Bizzarro Italian Cafe for the first time last night, and while the cuisine was satisfactory, the service was unfortunately below par. I did appreciate Bizzarro's trademark eclectic decor--lots of wacky stuff hanging from the ceiling and what-not. The menu offered several delicious-sounding and reasonably-priced options, but my dining partner and I eventually both settled on the Tuscan lamb shank. As an appetizer, we enjoyed salads--my friend had the house standard, while I upgraded to a tasty Caesar. The dinner itself was quite good, with the lamb shank dressed in a tangy tomato-balsamic sauce and paired with figs and roasted potato slices. Crispy green beans rounded out our plates. Again, the food was good,but I found it odd that 2 of the 3 things I ordered, our server instead brought to my friend. (Since we ordered the same entree, there wasnt an opportunity for a third mix-up) When we finished our meal--and were the LAST patrons in the place--we ended up waiting at length while the two servers and a member of the kitchen staff socialized together at a nearby table! It was kind of strange--bizzarro, if you will I suppose I would go back because of the food, but it's not going to be on top of my list.

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★★★☆☆

I ate at Wallingfords Bizzarro Italian Cafe for the first time last night, and while the cuisine was satisfactory, the service was unfortunately below par. I did appreciate Bizzarro's trademark eclectic decor--lots of wacky stuff hanging from the ceiling and what-not. The menu offered several delicious-sounding and reasonably-priced options, but my dining partner and I eventually both settled on the Tuscan lamb shank. As an appetizer, we enjoyed salads--my friend had the house standard, while I upgraded to a tasty Caesar. The dinner itself was quite good, with the lamb shank dressed in a tangy tomato-balsamic sauce and paired with figs and roasted potato slices. Crispy green beans rounded out our plates. Again, the food was good,but I found it odd that 2 of the 3 things I ordered, our server instead brought to my friend. (Since we ordered the same entree, there wasnt an opportunity for a third mix-up) When we finished our meal--and were the LAST patrons in the place--we ended up waiting at length while the two servers and a member of the kitchen staff socialized together at a nearby table! It was kind of strange--bizzarro, if you will I suppose I would go back because of the food, but it's not going to be on top of my list.

Pros: Fun decor, good salads, tasty Tuscan lamb shank

Cons: Reservations only for large groups, inattentive service

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After attending UW and living in Seattle over 10 years, I finally went to Bizarro this year and it was great. From its eclectic decor to tattoed waitresses and $5.00 cell phone usage surcharge, it's anything but your average Italian joint. My favorite dish is the Forest Floor Frenzy: rigatoni cooked perfectly al dente with a rich, creamy, garlicky cream sauce and a generous helping of mushrooms. This pasta comes with your choice of soup or salad; I splurged this week and upgraded my house salad for two bucks to their Gornut salad. I shall never go back! Mixed greens with crisp cucumber and firm tomato, with a creamy yet light gorgonzola dressing with yet more soft and crumbly gorgonzola on top. I had to stop myself from licking the plate. Oh yeah, and their chocolate hazelnut gelato ain't too shabby either.

2
★★★★★

After attending UW and living in Seattle over 10 years, I finally went to Bizarro this year and it was great. From its eclectic decor to tattoed waitresses and $5.00 cell phone usage surcharge, it's anything but your average Italian joint. My favorite dish is the Forest Floor Frenzy: rigatoni cooked perfectly al dente with a rich, creamy, garlicky cream sauce and a generous helping of mushrooms. This pasta comes with your choice of soup or salad; I splurged this week and upgraded my house salad for two bucks to their Gornut salad. I shall never go back! Mixed greens with crisp cucumber and firm tomato, with a creamy yet light gorgonzola dressing with yet more soft and crumbly gorgonzola on top. I had to stop myself from licking the plate. Oh yeah, and their chocolate hazelnut gelato ain't too shabby either.

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Bizzarro has steadily become one of my favorite places to eat. The pasta dishes are incredible, the entrees are ridiculous and they feature at least one revolving special every night. I've yet to eat my way through the entire menu but some early favorites include; the gnocchi dishes, red or white choose your poison, the carbanara, shrimp parpadelli, green peppercorn steak (beef, butter, cream and green peppercorns). I recently had the semolina crusted ruby trout...delish!, and I thought I didn't like trout.

2
★★★★★

Bizzarro has steadily become one of my favorite places to eat. The pasta dishes are incredible, the entrees are ridiculous and they feature at least one revolving special every night. I've yet to eat my way through the entire menu but some early favorites include; the gnocchi dishes, red or white choose your poison, the carbanara, shrimp parpadelli, green peppercorn steak (beef, butter, cream and green peppercorns). I recently had the semolina crusted ruby trout...delish!, and I thought I didn't like trout.

Pros: Ambience, Vibe, excellent service

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After hearing the raves about Bizzarro through the grapevine (after living in the neighborhood and not trying it for the longest time), we headed there with family in anticipation of great Italian food with a little funk thrown in. Since we knew to expect an alternative type of dining experience, we went in with open minds. The food was absolutely phenomenal ~ you really can't go wrong with any of the entrees on the menu. The wine list was not extensive, but quite adequate. The servers, since we were forewarned, were expectedly quirky but quite knowledgeable and affable. The only real downside to the experience was that the music was turned up at a pretty high volume and our table of four couldn't readily converse without leaning over our entrees and talking loudly. Go for the overall experience, but come back for the food!

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★★★★☆

After hearing the raves about Bizzarro through the grapevine (after living in the neighborhood and not trying it for the longest time), we headed there with family in anticipation of great Italian food with a little funk thrown in. Since we knew to expect an alternative type of dining experience, we went in with open minds. The food was absolutely phenomenal ~ you really can't go wrong with any of the entrees on the menu. The wine list was not extensive, but quite adequate. The servers, since we were forewarned, were expectedly quirky but quite knowledgeable and affable. The only real downside to the experience was that the music was turned up at a pretty high volume and our table of four couldn't readily converse without leaning over our entrees and talking loudly. Go for the overall experience, but come back for the food!

Pros: Lovely Italian dishes

Cons: Parking, Loud Music

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Bizarro is a super fun place to spend a weekend night. It is cozy, jovial and usually very tasty. I love the calamari they serve as an appetizer.

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★★★★☆

Bizarro is a super fun place to spend a weekend night. It is cozy, jovial and usually very tasty. I love the calamari they serve as an appetizer.

Pros: fun atmosphere

Cons: limited menu

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Living up to its name, Bizzarro is an artsy bistro with an eccentric personality and whimsical sense of humor. Tables and chairs hang from the ceiling, along with an enormous puppet head, strings of colorful lights, and cockeyed…

 

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