New to the Seattle restaurant scene San Fermo sits in a premium spot on Ballard Ave. The charming space has been update and designed with a chic, clean farmhouse feel. Every inch of space has been utilized, even the attic is available for larger parties who lunch.
The beer and wine selection is equally matched by the now de rigueur cocktail and spirits list. On the wine side the list is short and focused on complimenting the Italian inspired menu.
The night began with Farinata, a kind of chickpea flatbread, that is used to sop up the accompanying tomato confit and cagliatta. The house made cheese is a softer, fresher version of ricotta.
This was followed by the antipasti board. There is no messing around here. The platter may cause you to reconsider the entrée you ordered. It came laden with prosciutto, salami, gorgonzola, spiced pumpkin seeds, and pickled vegetable. A beautiful dish to behold and a delicious one to eat.
I’m a sucker for duck on the menu. It’s something I rarely cook at home – easy decision. Between the celeriac puree, apple and parsley salad, and balsamic gastrique the dish any cravings for fall flavors are covered. A glass of 2011 Lagrein was ordered to pair with dinner. This robust red, from the Alto Adige, has fine tannins and a tart finish giving the wine structure and complexity. Notes of huckleberry, blackberry, iron, earth, and black pepper dominate. The sweeter fruit notes and the wine’s generous tannins set it up to be well suited for the duck.
Another feather in the cap for Ballard – another area of Seattle with a rising restaurant scene.