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Map & Directions 5411 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
  • Italian
  • Sun 9am-10pm, Mon-Thu 4:30pm-10pm, Fri 4:30pm-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Delivery, Private Party, Catering, Wheelchair Accessible, Family Style
  • Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Highly Recommended, Accepted
  • Street


Seattle Weekly's Description

Despite the common complaint that quality Italian food is hard to come by in Seattle, owner-operator Michelle Quisenberry and her co-owner/executive chef husband, Don Curtiss, have been packing crowds in since the doors on their Ballard Avenue space opened in 2005. The perpetually evolving selection of "little bites" ($10 per person) is always a delightful, seasonally inspired tour of whatever the kitchen is jazzed about at the moment. Rotating pasta specials are often alluring, but it's always the gusto and grace with which they approach their signature wild-boar tenderloin-typically served with gorgonzola cream sauce-that completes the Tuscan seduction. The cocktail menu and wine list are exceptional too. Drinks are modestly priced (the Volterra Sky house cocktail rings in at $6.50), and the spacious dining room opens to a low-lit expansive bar with rustic wood interiors-perfect conditions to linger away an evening over house-made pasta and a bottle of red.

Member Reviews

  • dishing wrote a review for Volterra
    on 09/07/10

    For Italian, I love Volterra. It's in my neighborhood (Ballard). If it's on the menu, they have great wild boar. And I love their appetizer that's like a polenta volcano filled with delicious cheese and topped with wild mushrooms. The two owners are friends of mine (Michelle Quisenberry and Don Curtiss) and they met through me, which is fun - so we were in their wedding in Volterra.

  • lagutina wrote a review for Volterra
    on 05/22/10

    Great food and wine equally fun for a girls night out as well as a nice romatic dinner.

  • cchilton1 wrote a review for Volterra
    on 04/29/10

    Such a great food spot!

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Tips from foursquare

  • Peggy D. on 05/16/11

    go to Sunday brunch and visit the farmer's market.

  • Ann G. on 09/10/11

    We really enjoyed our entire meal - housemade bread, sparkling rose, caesar salad, crab ravioli, and chocolate hazelnut cannolli - delicious! Worth coming back for :)

  • Sean O. on 06/04/11

    Try the Wild Mushroom, Asparagus, Black Truffle Cheese Scramble with Baby Green Salad and Homemade Breads - Tasty. Earthy. (via @Foodspotting)

  • Amanda S. on 02/19/11

    Skip the bread, take the wine.

  • Joe K. on 07/05/10

    Great place though the bread is horrible. The custard truffle app is awesome.

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