I’m jealous of all of you who work downtown or in Pioneer Square. You can drop into Il Corvo for lunch any time you’d like! Located in a rather non-descript location, Il Corvo opens only for lunch Monday through Friday, at 11:00 am and closes at 3:00 pm. That means there are only 20 hours each week to enjoy the rustic, handmade pastas topped with market-inspired condiments. Although you can purchase a bag of dried pasta to take home.
Il Corvo is Mike Easton’s labor of love. Running the kitchen with minimal help he cranks out three types of soul-satisfying, handmade pasta daily. Sauces range from traditional to fresh-from-the-market creations. You can substitute a couple of basic sauces if you’re not feeling adventurous. He also offers a short list of side dishes like focaccia bread and a charcuterie platter. While the daily options are limited the menu is expansive as the pasta and sauce combinations change every day. Menus are posted daily on their website – although they aren’t posted until very close to opening.
Wednesday we arrived at 11:00 placed our order and sat down to wait for our bowls of pasta to arrive. By 11:30 the line stretched from the order counter at the back of the store nearly to the door. The good news is with a limited menu, orders come out pretty quickly. And seating didn’t seem to be too much of an issue as many folks were taking their orders to go.
We shared generous bowls of Ruby Queen Corn, Sage and Conchiglini, and Bucatini with Cacio e Pepe. We didn’t fight over them but each of us kept watch to make sure we got our fair share!
If you are anywhere near 2nd and James during the week give yourself a treat and plan a lunch at Il Corvo.
217 James St