Today’s Lunch Bunch destination was:
Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar
4201 South Steele Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
KING 5 Best of Western Washington
- Winner: Best Mediterranean Restaurant (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
- Winner: Best Italian Restaurant (2013)
Best of the South Sound
- Winner: Best Chef Bill Trudnowski (2011, 2012, 2013)
- Winner, Best Italian Restaurant (2012, 2013, 2014)
The restaurant has a 4+-star rating on the following sites:
The cream of mushroom soup at this restaurant is the best I’ve ever had. (For more on the mushroom soup, see this article from our local Tacoma newspaper, The News Tribune.) I started with a cup of the soup, then followed with their clam linguine. The white clam sauce I’m used to contains cream. I could tell from the menu description that this one did not use cream, but I went for it anyway. And I’m glad I did! It was a garlic broth that was absolutely delicious.
There were 14 people in our group. A couple of people said they were a bit disappointed because the food they got wasn’t what they expected. But everyone else seemed pleased. M. said, “I like what I had so much that I can’t wait to come back and order the same thing again.”
And what was the menu item that got such a high endorsement? The prawns over spaghetti squash. Kudos to the chef for offering a non-carb alternative to pasta. (I thought about asking for the clam sauce over spaghetti squash instead of the traditional pasta but in the end decided to go traditional.)
We had good service at this local, family-owned restaurant. I highly recommend it. And don’t forget to try the cream of mushroom soup.