Enza brings Sicily to Queen Anne, 1/7

Queen Anne restaurant Sorrentino is kicking off the new year with a new name and a new menu. Enza Sorrentino, known in the Italian restaurant community as chef at la Vita è Bella, Mondello Ristorante, and la Mondellina, reinvents the space at 2128 Queen Anne Ave N by paying tribute to the food of her native Sicily with Enza, offering a redecorated interior and a menu that includes such choices as Calamari w/small risoni pasta, anchovies, crushed tomato sauce, chili peppers, garlic, lemon peel, toasted breadcrumbs, raisins, and lemon juice, Chicken in salsa golosa – sweet & sour sauce of crushed tomatoes, shallot, parsley, sage, rosemary, sugar, toasted almonds, cinnamon and a side of grilled polenta, and Calamari w/small risoni pasta, anchovies, crushed tomato sauce, chili peppers, garlic, lemon peel, toasted breadcrumbs, raisins, and lemon juice. To keep the selections fresh, the menu will change every three weeks, offering customers selections of pasta dishes, entrees and soup.

There will be no appetizers, instead Enza will offer a prix fixe appetizer table with a changing selection of items that might include gorgonzola with pear jam and pine nuts, Pecorino Romano with apple jam and walnuts, prosciutto di Parma on breadsticks with cantaloupe, or cacciatorino Italian salami with green onions and grilled garlic.

An ever-changing menu can present a real challenge to a chef: it will be interesting to see how this plays out at Enza. Will diners appreciate the variety or will they long for greater constancy? As someone who has a tendency to get stuck in food ruts, it’s nice to get a nudge toward something new from time to time, but I do like to have a few fall back items. Enza is definitely worth checking out, anyway; an added bonus is the happy hour offering of $4 Italian cocktails and country wine all January long, not to mention the complimentary hot chocolate at the end of every meal.

Reservations are available at 206.694.0055; for more on Enza Sorrentino, check out the Sorrentino website.

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