For Executive Chef Walter Pisano, running an Italian restaurant seemed preordained. As the son of a New York restaurateur, the business runs in his blood; as part of an East Coast Italian family, the food is in his heart. Chef Pisano came to Seattle in 1980 to help open The Hunt Club at the Sorrento Hotel before embarking on a culinary tour of Europe, immersing himself in Italian and French cuisines.
After cooking in such prestigious kitchens as Bravo Pagliacci, Gerard Relais de Lyon and D.C.’s Jean-Louis restaurant at the Watergate Hotel, Chef Pisano returned to downtown Seattle to open Tulio in 1992, naming it in honor of his father, John Tulio Pisano, who was a fixture at his namesake restaurant until his death in 2001. To this day, Tulio’s love of honest Italian food shines through in his son’s menus.