Tuscany Coming To Kirkland

Volterra announces second location on the Eastside.

Ballard’s critically-acclaimed Volterra restaurant is opening a location in Kirkland. Come fall, the new 2,500 square foot space at 121 Kirkland Avenue will be serving Tuscan fare to happy customers.

Chef Don Curtiss and Managing Partner Michelle Quisenberry have had a successful partnership both on and off the clock. The married couple combined forces seven years ago opening Volterra.

Quisenberry brings considerable business savvy, having been named one of the “Top 40 Business Executives Under 40” by Puget Sound Business Journal; while Chef Curtiss draws on Sicilian roots and nearly 20 years of cooking experience in local Italian restaurants like Il Fornaio, Assaggio and Andaluca in Seattle.

Volterra staff offered a taste bud teaser last week to Seattle International Film Festival ticket holders at the . The menu at Volterra is Tuscan food cooked with local ingredients, a popular concept in the Northwest. Though Italian cuisine is purported to be one of America’s favorites, Kirkland only has two major Italian restaurants -  and  - following the closure of the southern Italian restaurant Calabria. (A third restaurant, Lucia, is more Italian-esque in nature.)

In a recent press release, Chef Curtiss commented on the move saying, “We have many loyal customers who live on the Eastside, and with the opening of our Kirkland location, our guests will be able to receive the same Volterra experience without the hassle of dealing with traffic and bridges.” Add tolls to that list.

The Ballard restaurant and staff have received high praise from the likes of Rachael Ray who calls it, “One of my favorite restaurants in the world,”; Wine Spectator says Chef Curtiss is, “One of America’s most innovative chefs.” Clearly, we can expect great Italian flavors this fall in Kirkland.

Marilyn Hendrickson June 07, 2012 at 11:50 PM
When is this scheduled to open? I can't wait!
Julie Arnan June 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Hi Marilyn, Volterra is aiming for "fall" without a specific date released. In my experience, restaurants rarely open on time, so a specific date wouldn't mean too much at this point. I can't wait either! It will be a nice addition to downtown Kirkland.
Maegan Harris June 20, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Great, great news!!! I absolutely LOVE Volterra but hated the drive from Kirkland to get there. We typically go to Lucia restaurant since it's so close and the vibe there is so chill, but for date nights, my husband and I will definitely be heading to Volterra.
Julie Arnan June 20, 2012 at 03:48 AM
It is good news, Maegan! Not that I'm wishing summer away, but looking forward to fall at Volterra.


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