Sazio di Notte

Written by on January 25, 2014 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(dinneratsazio.com) – Eastsound, Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, Washington

Sazio Shopping Center Entrance

How I heard of this place: Michelle, from the Orcas Island Visitors Center, suggested it as a newer, and one of her favorite places for a romantic dinner for two. A Mexican Restaurant, Chimayo by day, Bill Patterson (owner and head chef) has created a reason to return for dinner!

Sazio Closed

Type of cuisine: Come and enjoy fine Italian dinning at Sazio di Notte. Our ever-changing wine list offers more than 110 reasonably-priced wines by the bottle and several selections by the glass. Our focus is exclusively Italian appellations with an emphasis on Tuscan reds.

Sazio Wine Bar

While our inspiration comes from the Italian countryside, the main source of our fresh ingredients is Orcas Island — using our own pork, locally-raised lamb, goat, and organic produce. We highly recommend anything made from our Mangalitsa pork, including house-cured pancetta and house-made sausage, as well as grilled, fresh cuts.

“According to the Seattle Weekly, the hand-made pasta at Sazio on Orcas Island is a “show-stopper.”

Sazio Waiting Area Signage

Patterson makes his pasta from simple ingredients—flour and eggs—no water, oil, or salt. He uses European double-zero flour, a designation assigned to soft red-wheat flour ground fine as silt, even though it requires traveling to Seattle to purchase it. The eggs come from a local Orcas Island farm where “the chickens eat worms and bugs.”

The pastas are paired with sauces and proteins according to the seasons and Patterson’s whims. The rich noodles are drenched in a robust sauce, strewn with sausage made from Patterson’s Mangalitsa pigs, draped in pesto, coddled with cream, or wound up with shellfish. Chewy, nutty pappardelle, trimmed into ribbons as jagged as the stripe on Charlie Brown’s shirt, arrived in a puddle of cream, dotted with crisp green peas and unapologetically porky bits of prosciutto. However presented, the pasta is ethereal. Come visit our restaurant Sazio for some of the best food on Orcas Island.

Sazio Decor at Dinner

Ambiance: A walk through the local strip mall, past consignment shops and antique shops brings one to the unassuming entrance of Sazio di Notte. Enter the open door and find a nook for the waiting area, before making your way in to the warmth and serenity that creates Sazio’s romantic appearance.

Sazio Lobby

Hardwood floors, deep, warm tones of paint accent the walls, while velvety window panels give an air of elegance amidst the 1980s bur bur carpeted hallways of the mall.

Sazio Fireplace

The space is unoccupied as the staff prepares for dinner, however, Bill Patterson – owner and head chef – is available to make reservations for passerby.

Sazio Front Dining

With a smaller room around the corner, and tables set more than arms length apart, each party is welcomed into Sazio’s embrace.

Sazio Back Room Dining

The fireplace,  a perfect addition to creating the sense of dining at home, among your closest family and friends.

Sazio Fireplace by Night

What I ordered: We arrived hungry and having thoroughly studied the Sazio website. I was ready to indulge in the house made pasta and eagerly anticipated the possibility of crab ravioli.

Sazio Specials

While we awaited our orders be taken, beautifully plated arrangements whizzed by us, on their way to neighboring diners. We dipped our warm French bread in olive oil and patiently awaited our turn.

Sazio Bread & Butter

Having seen it devoured by another couple across the way, we chose to share the Sicilian Croquettes ($12) , fried risotto stuffed with mozzarella and served with a tangy red sauce,

Sazio Sicilian Croquette

as well as a more healthy choice: Grilled Romaine ($10).

Sazio Grilled Romaine

As I savored the warm, gooey mozzarella-stuffed risotto balls, our server returned to share with the daily specials and take our orders.

Sazio Open Croquette

For our main entrees, my husband’s eyes and ears perked up when he heard about the daily special including a house-made crumbled sausage, the Tagliatelle Pastore ($23).

Sazio Pasta Cinghiale

Although he was tempted to select the gluten-free option, I talked my husband out of it when I learned that it was not house-made. I, too, indulged in the rich, caramelly, fresh-made pasta with the Pappardelle con Funghi e Vin Santo ($22).

Sazio Pappardelle con Funghi

What I loved: Everything from the first bite to the last. It’s just too bad we had no room for dessert. The grilled romaine was seared to perfection and elegantly complemented the addition of bright tomatoes and rich, flaky Parmesan cheese; the arancini di riso (croquettes) so filling and rich, yet beautifully  cut with the tangy red sauce: Amaze-Balls! Each of our main entrees, the house-made pastas included, rich, flavorful, buttery and so easy to swallow…bite after bite…after bite.

Why I loved it: loved that when we entered, Bill Patterson, himself introduced us to our server with a smile, “This is Mo.” before we were seated. I love that he made each diner feel at home in his home with everything from a warm smile, to a wave, to delivering our plated delicacies.

Sazio Bill Patterson Serving Our Dinners

These things combined with the warmth and romantic peace created by the staff at Sazio, paired with the buttery and robust flavors of each course make the trip to Orcas Island worth every minute!

Cost: Average to high ($22 – $28 per dinner entree)

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