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Friday Night at Cicchetti

A couple of friends and I stopped by Cicchetti, Serafina’s younger sibling, on Friday night for Happy Hour.  While Cicchetti doesn’t have a Happy Hour, per se, the menu is mostly small plates perfect for an after work gathering with friends.  Cicchetti also specializes in classic and creative cocktails which will entice you to get out of your drinking rut and to try something new.  
Cicchetti is located just around the corner from Serafina, or across Serafina’s back patio.  It’s an intimate space with bar seating and a few tables on the main floor and a few additional tables upstairs.  Some of the upstairs tables have Lake Union views but they are limited.  On the main floor most tables have views of both the bar and the brick oven and prep area.
The cocktail menu is pages long!  So many of the suggested drinks sounded intriguing it was hard to make a decision about what to order.  Also, the bartenders are happy to create something specifically for you based on your tastes.  While I was tempted to have them do that, there were a couple of drinks on the menu that I really wanted to try so I decided to stick with the menu for this visit. 
During the course of our evening we tried a few cocktails and a selection from their wine list.  For wine, they offer a Quarto option which is basically a glass and a half or quarter of a bottle.  Perfect for those times when one glass is not quite enough!
We were able to indulge in several menu items including:  Venetian marinated mussels, Turkish fried eggplant sandwich with feta and crudo tomato sauce, Oven-floor cheese with fresh pita, Salt cod fritter with piquillo peppers and last, but not least, Ricotta fritters with huckleberry sauce.
The Salt cod fritters were the only thing we agreed we probably would not order again.  They were perfectly cooked but just a little boring and with all the other great menu options there’s no reason to have them again.  On the other hand, the Ricotta fritters are delicious! 
Cicchetti is closed on Sunday and Monday, something I learned first hand on an earlier attempted visit.  The doors open at 5:00 pm.  The place was filled by 5:30 pm. 
121 E Boston St

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