Il Fornaio Carnevale Magic

Carnevale – or Fat Tuesday –
a treat for all of the senses
at Il Fornaio Seattle

Guests are greeted by Il Fornaio staff for the beginning of a wonderful dining experience

Guests are greeted by Il Fornaio staff for the beginning of a wonderful dining experience

In the tradition of Italy’s trattorias, Il Fornaio bakes their own bread, creates pastas and flavorful sauces, and roast meats and vegetables over hot coals.  I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Il Fornaio Seattle two times, and it is always a first-class experience.  Their attention to the details, from the wine pairings to the freshest ingredients, means it is a special treat.  So, when Emily, Event Coordinator, invited to perform for their Carnevale celebration, I knew she had something special planned.

Carnevale di Venezia is a vibrant annual festival showcasing the historical beauty, elegance and vibrance of Italy’s past, along with a lot of well-intentioned mischief. Held in Venice, Italy, the eleven day Carnevale celebration comes to a close on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent, forty days before Easter.

As I was performing close-up magic, several diners told me how much they enjoyed the food at Il Fornaio, and it’s no wonder – the chefs do a phenomenal job.  Even a vegetarian says that their menu items have the best flavor.  Another group told me that they take the cooking classes that the restaurant offers.  Cool!

Il Fornaio is in downtown Seattle in the Pacific Place center at the intersection of Olive and 6th Avenue.  It is worth a special trip to dine there, and is also convenient to first-class shopping , enjoying a performance at the Paramount Theater, and all of the other downtown Seattle attractions.

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