Madison Park and Madison Valley feature some of Seattle’s best when it comes to restaurants and foodie-favorites! Here at the Madison Park in Seattle blog, we thought we’d like to give one of those eateries their own spotlight on a monthly basis, so this month’s feature is on Café Parco!
After August 2011 when the Madison Park Café closed in the cozy restaurant space on 42nd Avenue E where it had been for 32 years, Café Parco moved in. Chef and owner Celinda Norton has been a restaurant owner for 32 years – her restaurant before Café Parco was 94 Stewart in Pike Place Market where she worked her craft for more than six years. Check out the photos below:
Café Parco opened for business in Madison Park in October 2011, and remembers wanting to open what she called a “New World Italian” restaurant with outdoor seating options. Café Parco’s location at 1807 42nd Ave. E fit the bill. It was a big change from the busy Pike Place Market eatery she had owned and run before.
Initially, Norton had hoped to offer unique dishes and culinary creations within New World Italian cuisine, but the neighborhood seemed to be looking for more recognizable menu items. “We reeled back on my art to bring dishes that our guests could have seven days a week,” Norton says. “We branch out a little more in the summer.”
However, that’s hardly to say that Café Parco sacrificed on quality. “We’re always focused on what’s fresh today,” she said. “Italian is a style that allows the quality of the ingredients to show.” From butter-braised shellfish as an appetizer to chicken parmigiana, the dinner menu is full of delicious offerings in Italian cuisine, all prepared by Celinda Norton herself. That’s right – no supporting kitchen staff for this chef!
The outdoor patio offers great opportunities for outdoor dining during the spring and the summer, and the front patio can also seat guests comfortable for a more intimate outdoor setting. Celinda herself recommends the front porch for one of the most romantic dining spots in the city – perfect for a date!
As a whole, Café Parco is an intimate, romantic dining experience. The small room feels cozy and warm, with rich décor to inspire a mood that you’re sitting in some quaint Italian town instead of Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood. There’s a private dining space downstairs for events and parties, which will be available for use in the spring. Madison Park restaurant Café Parco also offers takeout options on all of their menu items, for more convenience to their customers.
Café Parco is open daily for dinner at 5 p.m., and serves breakfast and lunch on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (reservations recommended). Parco also features an extensive wine list, with offerings by region and even a collection from the Parco cellar.