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Tulio on the Today Show Blog!

8-21-2014  |  

Check us out on the today show for National Spumoni Day!

If you think you’ve never had spumoni, you’ve probably come pretty close. It’s basically the ancestor of Neapolitan ice cream: layers of pistachio, cherry and chocolate ice creams, mixed with nuts and bits of candied fruit. See chef Walter in action.


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Wine Spectator's ' Restaurants with the Best Wine List '

7-21-2014  |  Wine Spectator


See us featured in Wine Spectator's Restaurant Awards for one of the best wine list in the world. What an honor.  Thank you.

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Lasagna Sucks :Chefs reveal the most overrated & underrated Italian dishes

7-18-2014  |  National Thrillist

Italian cuisine is consumed so frequently here that most Americans bleed marinara. But how much do you really know about Italy's dishes, beyond the exotic pronunciations? We asked a bunch of lauded chefs at Italian joints to give us the overrated meals you should give a rest and the underrated stuff you need to try next. And if you're looking for a place to test these new entrees, well, they can help with that.

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8 Seattle Power Lunch Picks

3-4-2014  |  Seattle Met Magazine

"Our office is in the Rainier Tower so most of my restaurant choices are in that area. My favorite is Tulio Ristorante. The wine-cellar motif feels sophisticated yet not too stuffy. The atmosphere is lively without being overly noisy, making it the perfect place for a working lunch. The service is outstanding and the menu offers a diverse range of Italian dishes. A few of my favorites include the margherita pizza, the orecchiette, and the risotto."

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20 Seattle Restaurants That Aren’t Stupid Loud

2-10-2014  |  Seattle Met Magazine

Anyone who’s dined out in the last half-decade has experienced the explosion in restaurant noise—a trend owing to fashionably unupholstered interiors, ever louder music, and restaurateurs who believe that the noisier the scene, the greater the perceived popularity. (Some restaurateurs hire consultants to design noise in.) Still, no issue more reliably galls diners than excessive restaurant noise. Even the young and the hip confide that they’d like to hear their companion occasionally. You already know the places to avoid. How about 20 spots where the food’s terrific and the ambience goes easy on the cochlea? Tulio!

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Where to eat a festive holiday meal before Christmas

12-17-2013  |  Seattle Met Magazine

"As a celebration for the feast of the seven fishes, this warm Italian restaurant has a special holiday-inspired menu for the evening. Enjoy multiple traditional dishes including vongole ripieno, stuffed clams with buttered breadcrumbs, and kurobuta pork shank with ricotta whipped potatoes."

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Where to eat in Seattle on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

12-16-2013  |  Eater

"Celebrating the Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, Tulio will be seafooding it up Christmas Eve, with crab arancini, stuffed clams, and more available a la carte."

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Best U.S. Hotels for the Holidays

12-10-2013  |  Travel + Leisure

"On Christmas Eve, book a table at Tulio, the restaurant where Chef Walter Pisano serves his Feast of Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian dinner."

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Four elegant Thanksgiving side dishes

11-22-2013  |  Culinate

"Instead, I like to make dishes like The Five B's, from chef Walter Pisano, of Seattle's Tulio Ristorante. His dish is a baked rigatoni with butternut squash and burrata, topped with sage buttered bread crumbs - in other words, a rich, fancy mac'n'cheese."

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Vintage Park Keeps Guests on their Toes

11-13-2013  |

"At the onsite restaurant Tulio, diners enjoy locally-sourced, regional Italian cuisine plus nightly wine hours that feature Washington state varietals. Travel Leisure magazine recently recognized Tulio as one of the 'best Italian restaurants in the U.S.,' and loyal fans return for the cuisine prepared by local celebrity chef Walter Pisano 'with fresh, seasonal ingredients and a dash of Seattle sizzle.'"

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Here are some more spaces to book a holiday party

10-28-2013  |  Seattle Met Magazine

"From the wine-cellar motif to the dark-wood square windows with sheer drapes, this warm downtown Italian space is a great place to have a larger party for up to 65. And if the room alone doesn't sell you, the restaurant does complimentary menu customization (there's even a special holiday menu), background music, and candles to set the mood."

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13 Most Popular Hotel Room Service Items

10-21-2013  |  USA Today

"9. Margherita pizza from Tulio Ristorante at the Hotel Vintage Park, Seattle

The cooking staff is most frequently asked to whip up classic and simple margherita pizzas for its guests to enjoy in their rooms. The pie is made with fresh mozzarella, sweet basil and tomato. As of press time, guests have ordered 299 pizzas since the start of 2013."

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Have Some Class!

9-1-2013  |  Jezebel Magazine

"Chef Walter's Tulio Ristorante is a longtime local fave and is often listed as one of the best Italian eateries in the country. (Try the famous sweet potato gnocchi, and you'll see why.) Guests of Vintage Park can book a mozzarella-stretching class with Pisano to try their hand at creating traditional cheese from a curd base."

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Seattle: a metropolis of marvels

8-16-2013  |  Charlotte Observer

"For delicious Italian cuisine in the heart of downtown Seattle, do not miss Tulio Ristorante. Chef Walter Pisano serves up classic fare - affordable and fresh dishes that consistently impress with bold flavors - with a warmth and hospitality that make you feel like a member of the family."

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9 Best Boozy Milkshakes in America

8-7-2013  |  Food Republic

"This award-winning Italian restaurant in downtown Seattle serves its elegantly infused shake at the sort of dark, polished wood bar that can only be called 'handsome.' Put on your dressing slippers and sidle up for the Shake of Life, made from Finlandia vodka, Giffard vanilla liqueur, Kahlua, Meletti Cioccolato liqueur, vanilla gelato and a shot of espresso for good measure."

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Food Porn: Tulio Ristorante

8-1-2013  |  Seattleite

"Executive Chef Walter Pisano opened Tulio is 1992, naming the restaurant after his father, John Tulio Pisano. His menus reflect his love and passion for making honest Italian food."

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2013 OpenTable Diner's Choice Award

7-31-2013  |  OpenTable

As a tribute to the excellent experience Tulio provides, diners voted us onto the 2013 OpenTable Diners' Choice lists.

I Recommend...

6-27-2013  |  Restaurant Business Magazine

Chef Walter Pisano of Tulio Ristorante in Seattle was featured in this month's column: "Really great olive oil. Good olive oil is like a great sauce; it can make or break a meal. The type of olive oil I use depends on how I want to finish a dish. For example, I may use a peppery olive oil for a certain meat, or a fruitier olive oil with a fish dish. Mayber a buttery olive oil with some pasta."

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10 Best Hotel Restaurants

6-24-2013  |  Eater

"Readers love it for not just the solid Italian food, but also the 'great wine and a funky wine-themed hotel. What's not to love?' Other votes for Tulio 'for being a Seattle institution' and 'I always take visitors there for a memorable (and delicious) meal while in town.' But mostly readers seem to love Tulio for the 'great food, excellent service and it doesn't feel like a hotel restaurant.'"

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Weekend Getaway - Two Days in Seattle

6-3-2013  |  Salt Lake Magazine

"A quickie breakfast at Tulio, an Italian place in a nearby hotel, got our Saturday morning off and runnig with the basics: hearty strips of bacon and cage-free eggs, some rosemary potatoes, and a frittata full of grilled veggies, fresh herbs, and goat cheese washed down with some excellent coffee - naturally - made for a fine morning feast."

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Romantic Getaway in Seattle

4-22-2013  |  Thrifty NW Mom

"Our dinner at Tulio was amazing. The staff was fantastic, and the food delicious. The restaurant is small and cozy with dim lighting and a great wine selection. The menu consists of traditional Italian dishes. There was nothing we tasted that we did not like! And did I mention how great the staff was. It was a busy Saturday night, and service was fantastic."

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Behind The Scenes

3-22-2013  |  Puget Sound Business Journal

"With 'Jersey Boys' about to start another run at 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, chef Walter Pisano of Tulio Ristorante is reaching out to folks from New Jersey from April 4 to May 4. Pisano, who hails from Hazlet, N.J., plans to have the music of Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons and Frank Sinatra playing at Tulio's, and will give a free slice of clam pizza Monday through Thursday to anyone who can prove they have a "Joisey" connection. Hey, even a piece of mail from the Garden State will do."

Want to eat better? Here's where to get your greens

1-4-2013  |  Seattle Times

"But don’t write off romaine quite yet. If you heart Caesar salad, turn to Tulio (1100 Fifth Ave., Seattle). There, romaine hearts fly first class, with white anchovies and focaccia croutons."

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Seattle's Top 10 Hotel Bars

12-26-2012  |  Seattle Weekly

"A fedora, or maybe even spats, wouldn't look out of place in Tulio's handsome 1920s-era dining room. The food is far more contemporary. An Italian eyebrow might tilt at smoked salmon ravioli with lemon cream or grilled calamari with spicy Tuscan Rice beans and a parsley aioli, but chef Walter Pisano treats his ingredients harmoniously."

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Grappling with gluten

12-12-2012  |  Food Arts

"Tulio chef Walter Pisano said the restaurant imports corn and rice-based pastas from Italian company Il Macchiaiolo as a gluten-free alternative to his house-made fresh pasta."

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Same sex couples prepare to legally wed

12-8-2012  |  KING 5

"At Tulio, they are courting "legally" wed same sex couples to have a celebration dinner at the restaurant.  If a couple brings a marriage certificate they can receive a French 74 cocktail on the house."

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Best U.S. Hotels for the Holidays

11-30-2012  |  Travel + Leisure

"On Christmas Eve, book a table at Tulio, the hotel restaurant where Chef Walter Pisano serves his Feast of Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian dinner."

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Room Service

9-18-2012  |  Saveur Magazine

"While the rain filled the view out the street-level window, I felt instantly at home in the familiar-seeming, dark wood accented restaurant. Chef Walter Pisano has been cooking fresh, soulful Italian food here since 1992, and the room that Thursday. There's no pretension or fuss at Tulio, just honest-good cooking served on clean white tablecloths. Chef Walter wandered out of the kitchen often to check on his guests and chat with me about the dining scene in Brooklyn, where his Italian family is from. My lunch that day was a perfectly-prepared piece of local fish adorned with a pile of tender seasonal veggies. It was just the reviving meal I needed. By the time I was finishing my pillowy cold pistachio semifreddo and second cup of strong hot coffee, the rain had stopped and I felt completely taken care of."

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Tulio turns 20 - Salute!

9-14-2012  |  Puget Sound Business Journal

"Executive chef Walter Pisano of Tulio Ristorante in Seattle is celebrating two decades in business with his top-of-the-line Italian restaurant Tulio, which was recently selected as one of the top 30 Italian restaurants in the United States by Travel and Leisure Magazine."

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Tulio chef celebrates 20th anniversary

9-10-2012  |  KING 5

"Tulio has been a Seattle mainstay for two decades - one of the premiere restaurants for rustic Italin cuisine and wonderful ambience. The restaurant contains precious memories for founder and Executive Chef Walter Pisano, who pours his heart into every dish."

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Perfect Party

8-21-2012  |  Seattle Met Magazine

"This month marks 20 years since the chef opened downtown Italian staple Tulio Ristorante, and little has changed since - not the menu, the regulars, or the pasta pounds we put on our hips."

Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.

8-14-2012  |  Travel + Leisure

"Next to Hotel Vintage Park, chef Walter Pisano has made a name for himself with Tulio, a reliable source for boldly flavored, sophisticated dishes in an unpretentious, warm setting. Consider the sweet potato gnocchi with sage butter and mascarpone; the linguine with local clams, preserved lemon, chile flake, and garlic bread crumbs; or the braised Kurobuta pork shank with ricotta-whipped potatoes and mostarda."

Travel + Leisure says Tulio among best Italian restaurants in U.S.

8-14-2012  |  Eater

"And now comes word that Travel Leisure has named stately downtown Tulio one of the best Italian restaurants in the U.S."

Turns out a giant meatball topped with burrata is 100 percent delicious

8-13-2012  |  San Francisco Chronicle

"What's better than a giant meatball? A giant meatball topped with burrata, of course. For the uninitiated, burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made with mozzarella and cream. Once you punch through an outer membrane of mozzarella, this sweet, creamy, cheesy deliciousness oozes out. 'Life-changing' is not an exaggeration, at least for me, of the first time you taste burrata - I can remember mine to the moment (years ago, at Tulio Ristorante in Seattle)."

Portland+Seattle Culinary Adventures

8-1-2012  |  002 Houston Magazine

"Though he's originally from New York, Chef Walter Pisano has helped elevate Seattle's food scene for decades. His convival Tulio's restaurant, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is consistently named of the city's best Italian spots and continues to draw devoted locals and visiting celebs. Don't miss the homemade pastas, perfectly grilled meats and the sweet potato gnocchi appetizer (just go ahead and order two of those). They also offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus."

Booze-Infused Desserts to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

7-19-2012  |  Luxury Travel Mavens

"And at Tulio, Red Star's sister restaurant in Seattle, chef Walter Pisano has created an entire menu of 'desserts for grownups', featuring items like a prosecco float with honey gelato, a triple chocolate gelato infused with espresso grappa, and a sambuca sundae with toasted fennel praline and vanilla gelato."

Unsung Heroes: Tulio Ristorante

7-17-2012  |  Seattle Met Magazine

"Chef Walter Pisano's exacting Italian food has earned a loyal fan club, but doesn't quite attract the newcomers it should...But closer inspection rewards with inspired-Italian-with-a-flourish fare - a melting braised pork shank over fat corona beans crowned with horseradish gremolata; crispy duck over farro studded with marinated figs; a distinctively seasoned pasta alla chitarra with braised pork, rosemary, and ricotta - and a record of consistency unusual in a hotel property."

Schmear Campaign

7-1-2012  |  Plate Magazine

"At Tulio Ristorante in Seattle, Executive Chef Walter Pisano has long had a following for his baccala - a spread of salted cod mixed with potatoes and garlic - but its popularity grew by partnering it with a semisweet tomato jam. 'When you put something like "jam," something that sounds a bit sweet, on the menu,' says Pisano, 'it's more appealing to the average person.'"

What My Dad Cooked

6-1-2012  |  Esquire Magazine

Chef Walter's dad knew his way around a kitchen. Here's his answer for what he remembers his dad cooking while growing up: "Scrambled eggs with ricotta."

Adult Milkshakes: Bourbon in your brown cow? Bartenders shake up summer classics

5-17-2012  |  Washington Post

"In Seattle, chef Walter Pisano of Tulio Ristorante has a 'desserts for grown-ups' menu that includes a prosecco float made of honey gelato, honey-infused whipped cream and prosecco."

Red Right Hand

5-1-2012  |  Hemispheres Magazine

"At Seattle's venerable Italian spot Tulio Ristorante, Chef Walter Pisano works the stalks into salads, purees them as an accompaniment to duck and uses them to amplify cheese platters...As delicious as the savory dishes sound, however, for rhubarb lovers it's hard to beat dessert at Tulio: a rhubarb crostata served with a scooop of rhubarb gelato. 'Rhubarb on rhubarb!' Pisano exclaims."


Wine Spectator - Award of Excellence 2013

Open Table - Diner's Choice "Best Italian Restaurant" 2013

Eater Seatte - Best Hotel Restaurant 2013

Travel Leisure - Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S. 2012

Seattle Weekly - Top 10 Hotel Bars 2012

Seattle Magazine - Best Restaurants 2009