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About Rione XIII
Inspired by Trastevere, the bustling 13th district of Rome, Rione XIII explores simple Roman cooking on Seattle's Capitol Hill. Menu favorites include fried artichokes, housemade mozzarella, cacio e pepe, and wood-fired Roman street pizza. A full bar is available as well as a thoughtful selection of Italian & Northwest wines.
Seattle, WA 98112
Hours of Operation:
5 PM - 10 PM Sunday - Thursday
5 PM - 11 PM Friday & Saturday
5 PM - Close Sunday - Saturday
15th & Harrison
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rione XIII Ratings and Reviews
I had high hopes going into my meal after personal recommendations from friends and reviews here but my food was burnt and poor quality.
Let me start with the good, service was AMAZING. The waitstaff was immediately on top of everything we needed. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and energetic. You could tell she enjoyed her time there. It wasn't too loud and the setting was great.
Unfortunately, my food was burnt on top and cold in the middle. I ordered the Gnocchi alla Romana. Was really underwhelmed with the dish and only finished half.
Excellent gluten-free pasta, solid steak, great wine list. I'm gluten-free so can't enjoy the full pasta or pizza selection, but I've had a few very good meals. Amazing, attentive service and a nice atmosphere (tables are a little close together). Would definitely go back.
Nice mbiance w/ brick walls, very good service.
I went for Restaurant Week, had a cocktail and it ended up costing $57 total for one.
The best parts were the cocktail, a backberry, tequila, mezcal mix, and the five appetizers they brought, which were all great to very good, and a bit unusual and creative. The main, roasted duck leg with nice sides, was good, although a little overcooked. The dessert, pinapple cake with ice cream and goat cheese caramel was actually pretty bland, and kind of pointless. I wish they had a dessert that included chocolate. The servers were fine and did not make me feel uncomfortable as a single diner.
I made a reservation at the recommendation of a co-worker and world travelling foodie. My date and I were happy with our seats. We even switched before the main course to get a feel for the opposing view. It was our first time there, and luckily for us it was restaurant week. The full appetizer menu was provided as well as one main course each and one dessert each. Appetizers included a simple Caesar salad of romaine and dressing, gnocchi that was pan seared and very unlike traditional gnocchi, but delicious none the less, a corn chowder with roasted leeks that packed a strong and pungent flavor and small bits of pork that were there for the protein, bruscetta with "Lardo" and figs which was my favorite app, and an heirloom tomato and cruton salad which came in second. All apps were provided in close succession which had me wondering if the place was just trying to feed us and turnover the table in order to pump out some real dollars. That was not the case. My date and I talked for a solid twenty minutes before the main course was delivered, and when it arrived we were ready for it. One was a medium rare fillet mignon on fingerling potatoes. The other was a roasted duck leg on a bed of grains and a sweet potato puree. Both were fantastic and did not leave us hungry for more, which is always a concern for me being a hungry individual. Since the reservation was for 8:15 p.m. on a Thursday by the time the deserts came out we were both tired and full, so I can't give them a proper review. However, I will say the Rocky Road ice cream came with a medium hardness brownie, a crunchy shortbread cookie, and rich chocolate ice cream that really could not be let go to waste.
The ravioli portion was silly small; the server didn't know the menu or ingredients, so couldn't answer questions; the bruschetta was toast, lard and figs (seriously); the pasta amatriciana was very very very salty; and a whole bottle of wine was (mistakenly) added to our bill. In summary, I was embarrassed that I brought my project group to Rione on Weds Oct 18.
The meal was excellent. My one major issue was the type and noise level of the music they played. It was way too loud. I asked them to turn it down,which didn't seem to make any difference. It is really a mystery to me why lovely restaurants like this feel the need to play loud "thumping" music. It dimished our enjoyment of the meal. There were 5 of us and we had trouble hearing each other.
Even though the food and service was great, I may not return because of the distracting music.
Charcuterie plate was tasty and perfect start to the meal. Gnocchi alla Romana is 6 giant gnocchis, which was unique. Seasonal fig pizza was indulgent and perfect for sharing.
No beer on draught, which is somewhat surprising for the Seattle area. They do have bottled options.
Rated 4 for service because the beverage service was slow. No fault of our server, though.
We ordered a variety of items from the menu and shared each course . Overall the food was okay, but bland. The pig ears were overcooked and inedible. The Suppli al Telefono was comfort food but underwhelming and a bit bland. The Gnocchi alla Romana is always good and was exactly what we expected. The Veal Chop Saltimbocca was so-so and more salty than anything else (though the escarole was lovely). From a service perspective, we had multiple items accidentally brought to our table that were intended for others, it took our waitress excess time to bring beverages and she brought us our check before asking if we wanted dessert - very rude! No one seemed to care how we enjoyed our experience at the restaurant.
Rione is a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. I eat here regularly with my girlfriend, and it's a great place to bring guests. It's an upscale, unpretentious, comfortable, friendly, comfort-food establishment. Easily, the best thing here is the staff. They are exceptionally friendly, accommodating, and quite knowledgable about their wine list. The food is a close second. We usually order a few things off the small plates menu, often a cheese and a vegetable (I think their best dish here is their carrots with yogurt sauce, but it is not currently on the menu), and an order of their fresh focaccia. You really can't go wrong with their pasta or pizza. It's just simple food made well.
This was my first experience at Rione and I was impressed with the attention to detail from both the service and kitchen staffs. The Antipasto offering was probably the best I've had outside of Italy. Their heirloom Tomato salad was well dressed though I would have sliced the tomatoes rather than quartering them. The Salmon was perfectly prepared and seasoned... definitely knew what they were doing. It had been a particularly hot spell in Seattle and the Red wine came out rather warm so either they don't have a cooler to control temp for their reds or some other challenge came about. You should give Rione a try - but plan to be patient when looking for parking.
Carciofi alla Giuda draw me to this cozy cafe.Crunchy, not greasy, nice aioli dip.
Dining at 5pm when they open accommodates my hearing loss.
Waitress was pleasant, efficient, and helpful, allowing us to have a nice breeze on a hot evening.
Lack of nearby parking is a deterrent. Lyft or public transit recommended!
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