EAT THIS CITY: Chef Don Curtiss Shares His ‘Can’t Miss’ Food Experiences In Seattle

Welcome to EAT THIS CITY, your weekly tour of the best restaurants in one of our favorite cities, as chosen by top chefs. This week, we’re checking out Seattle.

The real Emerald City, Seattle has plenty to recommend itself as a tourist destination. Over 6,000 acres of parks, incredible museums, the iconic Space Needle, world famous Pike Place Market, and views of both waterways and mountains from within the city limits. You’d be hard-pressed to have more fun in Dorothy’s Oz.

So what if it rains? You won’t melt.

Leading our tour of Seattle’s culinary delights is Chef Don Curtiss, owner of Volterra — which Rachael Ray once called, “One of [my] favorite restaurants in the world.” Flavor-wise, Volterra offers a bold-flavored, Tuscan-inspired menu which “showcases the bountiful harvest of the Pacific Northwest.”

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The name itself was inspired, “by the largely-undiscovered Tuscan hilltop town of Volterra, Italy, where my wife Michelle and I were married in 2004,” Chef Curtiss explains. Today, Michelle acts as a managing partner in the restaurant.

Passion is the name of the game for the Volterra team. Chef Curtiss says that he strives:

To instill a passion for innovation along with regard for tradition in my team. Throughout my career, I’ve been dedicated to using the highest quality local and imported ingredients and treating them with respect. There is a focus on paying respect to the food chain here which makes Seattle very special. Seattle is culturally diverse city and that is certainly reflected in our food culture. We are fortunate to enjoy cuisine from all over the world.

The diversity of Seattle’s food culture is nowhere more apparent than it is in Chef Curtiss’ restaurant selections. Let’s dig in!