NEW VITTLES NEIGHBORHOOD BISTRO & BAR DISHES UP COMFORT FOOD WITH ROTATING MENU, COCKTAILS
Two Chefs Embark on Culinary Adventure to Bring Global Influences to the Heart of Belltown
Vittles Neighborhood Bistro & Bar, now open in Belltown at 2330 2nd Ave., offers comfort food with a burst of cultural influences. The new restaurant is the shared vision of co-owners Darlene Boline and Cajetan Mendonca, formerly neighbors at their respective food establishments in Pike Place Market.
The menu is influenced by their diverse culinary backgrounds – Boline, drawing from traditional French and Italian style cooking and Mendonca, channeling his roots with Goan and Portuguese fare.
Vittles, deriving from the Latin word victus, meaning “nourishment” or “way of living,” encourages family-style dining with small plates for a shared experience. The menu is influenced by Rustic French Italian bistro fare. It features rotating entrees, sandwiches and small dishes such as crab and corn beignets with malt vinegar aioli, crispy green beans with broccoli and truffle oil and lamb chops with white bean purée, blistered tomato and mint chimichurri. Also featured is Boline’s brisket, which has been already been received well locally.
“Our specialty is old school comfort food with our own International twist,” says Boline, an honors graduate of The Restaurant School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously the owner of A la Maison Bistro, a French restaurant in Pennsylvania, and most recently, Zaccagni’s sandwich shop in Pike Place, Boline also comes from a catering background. Boline has a passion for charitable efforts and harnesses her talent to cater for nonprofits like Mommies Light and The Laurel House, which help disadvantaged women and children. She has fine-tuned the art of serving memorable dishes that connect with the community.
Mendonca grew up in Goa, a small state in Southwest India and former Portuguese colony, where his love for food began in his mother’s kitchen. A classically trained chef, Mendonca has an extensive resume, from cooking on cruise ships to Seattle’s Space needle, and most recently, the owner of Saffron Spice in Pike Place Market.
Behind the bar, mixologist Brian Troxell crafts cocktails such as the Parasol (Hedge Trimmer gin, mint, lemon, crème de cassis and elderflower), Evening Stroll (Knob Creek Bourbon, Aperol, Ramazzotti and fresh lemon juice) and Dirty Dog (El Buho Mezcal, grapefruit, lime and brown sugar). Troxell created the cocktail program at Café Flora and most recently is part of the bar team of Oaxaca Mexcalria in Capitol Hill.
The 1,700-square-foot space has seating at bistro tables for 45 people. Patio seating in the front will seat approximately 8 people. Vittles also offers catering services and can create a special menu for events.
Hours of operation:
Sunday – Saturday: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday & Saturday: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Happy Hour: Daily: 4 – 7 p.m.; 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Address: 2330 2nd Ave., Seattle 98121