Ribbons Cut: Volterra Brings Tuscan Cuisine to Downtown Kirkland

Chef Don Curtiss and managing partner Michelle Quisenberry open their second Volterra location, downtown on Kirkland Ave.


The ribbon has been cut, the doors opened and the kitchen fired up at Kirkland’s newest restaurant Volterra, the second location of highly regarded husband and wife restaurateurs Don Curtiss and Michelle Quisenberry.

A host of local dignitaries and foodies showed up for a ribbon-cutting at the 121 Kirkland Avenue location downtown Monday morning.

Chef Curtiss and managing partner Quisenberry opened Volterra in Ballard seven years ago, and it has gone on to earn widespread acclaim and many awards. Celebrity chef and television personality Rachael Ray has called Volterra’s signature Wild Boar Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Mustard Sauce one of her favorite dishes on the planet.

Curtiss, a former Kirkland restaurant, said loyal Eastside customers at the Ballard Volterra have long been urging him to open a location on this side of Lake Washington.

Volterra features primarily Tuscan cuisine focusing on local ingredients, but also a few Sicilian dishes from Curtiss’ mother’s traditional family recipes. Other signature dishes include Dungeness crab ravioli and zuppa de pesce (a Sicilian fish stew). For Volterra's full dinner menu, see the attached PDF file.

The new 2,500-square foot restaurant seats 55 and is currently open nightly 5-11 in a sort of soft opening. Happy hour, Sunday brunch and expanded hours will begin in October: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30-11 Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m Sunday.

It was opened first to the public last Thursday. “Its going great,” Curtiss said Monday. “We had some electrical issues last week. But other than that we’ve been doing well. The reception has been real good.”

The restaurants phone number is 425-202-7201 and web site is volterrakirkland.com.

For two previous stories on Volterra Kirkland, click here.

Aaron September 11, 2012 at 06:48 PM
That's an impressive group of ribbon cutters. I'm a fan of the Ballard restaurant and looking forward to visiting soon but after hear that Marco Collins did the music...wow. He was my idol growing up in the 90's. He's even in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Greg Johnston September 11, 2012 at 07:24 PM
That is an impressive group from the local food and arts cultures for sure Aaron. And thanks for the info on Marco. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Collins


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