Giuseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante Italiano

Written by on June 13, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(giuseppesitalian.com) – Bellingham, Washington

Giuseppe's Front Door

How I heard of this place: When my sister was getting married, we were intent on finding a new and pleasing-to-all dining experience for her Rehearsal Dinner. To our delighted surprise, Giuseppe had just relocated to Bellingham (from Whidbey Island) earlier in the year, 2002, and we were its lucky recipients!

Giuseppe's Menu

Type of cuisine: American-style Italian cuisine.

Giuseppe's Kitchen

Ambiance: “Giuseppe’s-Al-Porto boasts a spectacular view of Squalicum Marina at Bellingham Bay.

Giuseppe's Indoors

Two large outside dining terraces spell west, softened by a beautifully landscaped lawn and feature the magnificent summer sunsets.

Giuseppe's Patio

Giuseppe’s newest location captures the best of this beautiful waterfront location while still maintaining the charm and warmth of Italy.

Giuseppe's Patio Fountain

Giuseppe’s dream and lifetime of international experience has created over 5500 square feet of truly convertible and charming space.

What I ordered: Wishing to celebrate my mother’s birthday, my husband and I decided to treat her and my father to dinner al porto, and Giuseppe’s came with fond memories.

Giuseppe's Host Station

Three of us enjoyed the Early Dinner special ($18 per person for a three-course menu), starting with the Zuppa del Giorno: Wild Mushroom Soup with Paprika Oil.

Giuseppe's Soup of the Day

My husband strayed from the Early Dinner menu, in favor of larger portions, and ordered the Insalata Cesare a la carte ($7),

Giuseppe's Caesar Salad

Fettuccine Alfredo with breaded chicken ($16), and a delectable dessert.

Giuseppe's Alfredo with Chicken

My father chose the Pollo Alla Picatta: chicken breast sautéed with artichoke heart, lemon, capers, white wine and butter, served with pasta and seasonal fresh vegetables.

Giuseppe's Pollo Ala Picatta

My mother and I each ordered the Salmone Alla Griglia: grilled balsamic and rosemary glazed wild king salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes, sautéed seasonal fresh vegetables and fresh herb salsa verde.

Salmone Alla Griglia

For dessert, two orders of the Budino di Cioccolato, homemade chocolate mousse,

Budino di Cioccolato

one Spumoni Gelato for the birthday girl,

Giuseppe's Gelato

and a Torta di Cioccolata ($8) for my husband, flourless chocolate cake, caramel drizzle and vanilla bean gelato.

Torta di Cioccolata

On a return visit, Saturday, 11 June 2016: We returned, three years later for a surprise birthday lunch for my mom.

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Here, the family gathered in celebration with these delicious dishes:

To start, the Bruschetta della Casa ($8): toasted ciabatta with fresh tomato, garlic, basil, gorgonzola and olive oil,

Giuseppe Bruschetta della Casa

and the Arancini ($10): crispy saffron risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella and beef ragú with chili tomato sauce.

Guiseppe's Arancini

Our main entrées included the Zuppe del Giorne ($6) which was a luscious Tomato Basil Soup for my sister,

Guiseppe's Tomato Basil Soup

and the Ravioli della Nonna ($13.50): cheese ravioli with creamy tomato, mushroom, garlic and marinara sauce for my nephews to share. My brother-in-law selected the Rigatoni Calabrese ($13.50): rigatoni with Italian sausage, pickled peppers, and broccolini tossed in a calabrian chile tomato sauce with ricotta salt and arugula pesto.

Guiseppe's Rigatoni

For my husband, the Pollo all Parmigiana ($14.50): a lightly breaded chicken breast baked with marinara, mozzarella, gorgonzola and parmesan cheese, served with spaghettini.

Guiseppe's Chicken Parmesana

My other sister enjoyed a daily special of butternut squash ravioli topped with a pesto cream sauce and prawns.

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For my mom, the Grilled Wild Salmone ($16.50): grilled balsamic and rosemary glazed wild king salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes, seasonal vegetables and fresh herb salsa verde.

Guiseppe's Grilled Salmon & Veggies

And finally, for me, the Linguine con Gameroni e Eesto ($16): linguine with prawns, basil pine-nut pesto, white wine, cream and fresh tomato.

Giuseppe's Pesto Fettuccine with Prawns 2

What I loved: The Torta di Cioccolata! That moist cake, abundant caramel, and soft chocolate lace drizzle. Mmm. Mmm. Good.

Why I loved it: Outdoor seating on a beautiful Pacific Northwest summer day, a post-dinner walk along the marina, celebrating family time. Priceless.

Cost: Average to high ($18 per three-course early dinner)

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