Volterra serves very fine Italian food in a lovely, classic-bistro-y room in Ballard, with pastas and the wild boar tenderloin earning extra devotion. There's also a Volterra in Kirkland with a more contemporary feel, but the food is reportedly not always as good.
5411 Ballard Ave NW,
Hours: Mon-Fri 4 pm-close, Sat-Sun 11 am-close
Breakfast/Brunch, Fine Dining, Good for Groups, Outdoor Seating
Italian, Local/Organic/Sustainable Focus
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Outdoor Seating
Mon-Fri 4-7 pm ($4-$5 cocktails, $5 wells, $4 drafts, $5 red/white wine, $5-$8 food menu); Sun 9-11 pm ("Dessert happy hour," featuring discounts on dessert items); Sat-Sun noon-6 pm ($4-$5 cocktails, $5 wells, $4 drafts, $5 red/white wine, $5-$8 food menu).