West Seattle Junction-bound: Tuscan Tea Room & Romanza Floral

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

If you walk the streets of certain other neighborhoods – oh, say, Capitol Hill – you’ll notice almost as many teahouses as coffee shops.

Not West Seattle. In fact, we’ve been without a teahouse since The T(ea) Gallery closed in Admiral in late 2007.

But tea lovers, rejoice – something new is brewing. Aimee Pellegrini, a member of La Rustica‘s founding family, is bringing the Tuscan Tea Room to The Junction – along with her thriving business Romanza Floral. She’s getting ready to move into a space in The Junction.

The home-to-be of Tuscan Tea Room and Romanza Floral is a space many have been asking about – 4521 California SW, the portion of CAPERS‘ onetime storefront that the forthcoming Wing Dome is not occupying. (CAPERS, of course, remains alive and well to the south, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this Thursday night.)

If all goes well, Aimee will be in business in The Junction around mid-September.

“We will have both a dining room as well as a Tea Bar and Flower Bar,” she explains. “I am really excited to introduce our own line of teas that I have hand selected from some of the greatest tea farms from all over the world. I recently went to the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas and found some truly amazing teas to bring back to West Seattle. I favor high-quality fair-trade teas as well as organics and emerging teas. There is so much to the tea world, the education is never-ending. I am working toward a ‘Tea Master’ certification.”

And it’s not just about dropping in for a casual cup of tea: “We will be serving full lunch and ‘Afternoon Tea’ (served all day) as well as crepes, baked goods, fresh bread and cannoli. Yes, cannoli!”

Of course, it’s also about flowers, which have long been Aimee’s specialty: “I have been a full-service event florist for the last 8 years, serving Seattle brides and corporate clients. Our specialty truly is color. You can see from my website that I use a lot of color, and in innovative ways. Our style is European abundance as well as classically elegant. I am looking forward to offering West Seattleites a couture floral alternative.”

Elegance is a word that’s also associated with La Rustica, which she and parents Janie and Giulio Pellegrini started in West Seattle 15 years ago. It’s part of the inspiration for her new endeavor: “They say in life to do what you know to have the most success. The two things I know are the restaurant business and flowers. So, I decided to embrace both and my business plan was born!

“Having grown up at the apron strings of my father and having cooked right alongside him for many years, I am very much looking forward to sharing some great recipes of my own. Also, many know that my father is Italian, but few know that my mother is French, so the debate over where crepes first emerged can finally be laid to rest at the Tea Room. Call them ‘crepes’ or call them ‘crespelle’. They are still delicious!”

One more mention from the upcoming menu: Wine and champagne will be offered too, as well as “specialty tea drinks.” To her future customers, Pellegrini says, “I can’t wait to see you all and welcome you to the Tea Room.”

23 Replies to "West Seattle Junction-bound: Tuscan Tea Room & Romanza Floral"

  • MJ June 23, 2010 (10:24 am)

    This sounds like a wonderful addition to the Junction! Mmmmm…cannoli!

  • squareeyes June 23, 2010 (10:26 am)

    Ohh, if you do a Devenshire Tea, I will be there. Traditional scones hot out of the oven served with thickened cream and jam and a pot of tea. Mmmmm!

  • Hmoney June 23, 2010 (10:48 am)

    Sooo glad that next time I restock my tea stash, I won’t have to drive to Queen Anne! We thought we were going to have to start one to get tea in our hood.

  • K June 23, 2010 (11:08 am)

    Cannoli – cannot wait!

  • JBL June 23, 2010 (11:11 am)

    Wait a minute…no Wing Dome? :(

    • WSB June 23, 2010 (12:11 pm)

      JBL, this is in the ex-Capers space that the WIng Dome was not taking. They were never planning to take the full space – we just didn’t know till now who was taking the last part of the space – I discovered Aimee’s endeavor when she debuted on Twitter yesterday & tracked her down – TR

  • herongrrrl June 23, 2010 (11:40 am)

    A full service tea room here will be wonderful!

  • JBL June 23, 2010 (12:43 pm)

    Oh, good. My wife & I will be happy. She absolutely loves tea. I hope they offer tea purchase by bulk. Is anyone else seeing the irony here? Sauce finger lickin’ meat eaters looking across the way to dainty tea drinkers with biscuits & tea sandwiches. I love it!

  • pigeonmom June 23, 2010 (1:25 pm)

    Glad to hear this. :)

  • wsmom June 23, 2010 (1:32 pm)

    I have ordered flowers from Romanza and they were elegant and beautiful. Aimee is talented and gracious. I expect this tea house to be a huge success and wonderful addition to the junction!!!

  • lenguamor June 23, 2010 (2:37 pm)

    A place to drink Puerh in the neighborhood? Very cool.

  • AlkiCabCompany June 23, 2010 (2:52 pm)

    That place is gonna smell so nice. Can’t wait for the experience!

  • MsG June 23, 2010 (2:59 pm)

    Not to detract from what sounds like a lovely new business, but I believe that Coffee to a Tea… (just down the block from the Capers space) offers Afternoon Tea by reservation.

  • Garden_nymph June 23, 2010 (3:43 pm)

    I am so very excited!!! This sounds like a beautiful and yummy place to have brunch with my group of friends. Best of luck.

  • Kelly K June 23, 2010 (8:49 pm)

    Yay! I just told someone today that West Seattle was devoid of tea–this will be great!

    Coffee to a Tea’s tea offerings may be tasty but it is embarrassingly small for a place with Tea in the title.

  • Kristina June 23, 2010 (9:32 pm)

    Ohhhhh goodie! I love tea, and tea parties of every variety. Can’t wait – I’m sure to become a regular.

  • Harpie June 23, 2010 (9:42 pm)

    I, too, have been not-so-secretly dreaming a tea store and/or room would move into West Seattle. Absolutely thrilled it’s becoming a reality.

  • Carol June 24, 2010 (12:59 am)

    Wonderful! This will be a welcome addition to the Junction, and so very complimentary next to Capers. Wing Dome?? Puhleez!!

  • Cheryl June 24, 2010 (1:09 pm)

    This is great news! I’ve been mail ordering my loose tea from the Vintage Tea Room in my home town of Long Beach CA since moving to Seattle b/c I love her teas, but if I could get tea locally, not to mention scones and clotted cream, I’d swoon!

  • Emma Peel June 24, 2010 (7:29 pm)

    I am very excited – I love tea! West Seattle just gets better and better…

  • CJ June 25, 2010 (3:13 pm)

    My friends and I were talking about the lack of a tea room in West Seattle just yesterday and played around with the idea of making it happen ourselves. So glad to hear one is on its way and we will only have to show up to enjoy it!

  • Enid June 26, 2010 (9:21 am)

    Cannoli and/or scones with clotted cream? Think I’m gonna faint…

  • JennyB June 28, 2010 (10:05 am)

    My girlfriends and I meet several times a year for afternoon tea and I’m thrilled to see another place to celebrate in West Seattle!

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