WEST SEATTLE FOOD: Pellegrini Italian Market closed

That flyer is just in from Aimee Pellegrini, announcing that Pellegrini Italian Market at 4521 California SW in The Junction has closed, after selling the business to an unidentified “new tenant.” It’s been just under two years since the Pellegrinis – best known for La Rustica on Beach Drive – opened the Junction venue at the site of Aimee’s previous venture, La Romanza Bistro. More to come!

36 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE FOOD: Pellegrini Italian Market closed"

  • Rusty June 13, 2017 (1:33 pm)

    Congratulations Aimee on your ‘newest addition’! Hopefully the amazing family cooking will continue on through another generation.

  • Erithan June 13, 2017 (1:38 pm)

    Awe just found this place.:( got some pizza for my dad, he loved it!

    goodluck to to the new tenants, and best wishes to the pellegrinos(pardon typos) team!

    (was really looking forward to trying a Canoli(sp?) finally, make your own seemed awesome!)

    • cjboffoli June 13, 2017 (4:46 pm)

      Erithan:  FYI, cannoli is plural.  One pastry is a cannolo.

      • WSB June 13, 2017 (4:55 pm)

        Had no idea!

      • Erithan June 13, 2017 (7:07 pm)

        Haha thanks! Always nice to learn something new=)

      • HappyOnAlki June 13, 2017 (7:28 pm)

        Why would anybody want just one?

  • Lola June 13, 2017 (2:14 pm)

    Just went there two weeks ago with my sis.  We loved the food.  Sorry to hear you are closing.

    Your little one is adorable.  Good luck with future endevors.

  • DW June 13, 2017 (2:34 pm)

    Anyone know what is going on with the Hydrant (ex-Coffee to a Tea with Sugar) space?

    • Swede. June 13, 2017 (10:06 pm)

      I second that. Been wondering that to for awhile now. Looked in a few times passing and seen a TV on and such so something is happening. 

  • newnative June 13, 2017 (2:37 pm)

    Sorry to hear of the closing, when it was open, I enjoyed going there and eating their specials. They just weren’t open at times that I could go more often. 

  • gatewood June 13, 2017 (2:47 pm)

    I hope the new tenant has a strong business plan and sticks around. It’s a great opportunity for someone willing to commit.

  • Jissy June 13, 2017 (3:34 pm)

    Never did make it in there.

  • justme June 13, 2017 (3:39 pm)

    Tried it twice. Hoping to see a new committed place come to that space!

  • DirkDigs June 13, 2017 (3:49 pm)


    Oh well, for anyone needing an Italian market fix, check out De Laurenti at Pike Place; that place is awesome!

  • EH June 13, 2017 (4:14 pm)

    Big bummer…I loved their sandwiches and breakfasts, quick and delicious options. Their croutons were the BEST! Wish I would have known, and I’d have stocked up!!

    Good luck to the new tenant!

  • Alki Resident June 13, 2017 (4:22 pm)

    Finally found the best tiramisu on the planet. I’ll miss you.

    • Cara June 15, 2017 (10:45 am)

      They offer the same tiramisu at their restaurant, La Rustica, on the beach. Not “to-go” I suppose but worth the trip. And the breadsticks…(!)

  • Ah Clem June 13, 2017 (7:22 pm)

    They had nice stuff but the prices and portions were out of control.  Everybody doesn’t work for Amazon.

  • quincy June 13, 2017 (7:43 pm)

    Noooo!!!!!! just no…


  • Greystreet June 13, 2017 (9:14 pm)

    I agree Ah Clem…their selection was great and such, made me miss the Italian markets in Pittsburgh, but the price points were a bit steep…wishing them good luck on their future endeavors and raising a little one too!! 

    Heres hoping for an an equally as well run spot to replace it…and yea, what gives with “The Hydrant” 

  • Jayjay June 13, 2017 (9:18 pm)

    What a shame! This place was delicious and beautiful with lovely service.

  • Michi-Mexi family June 13, 2017 (10:00 pm)

    We will miss your food and beautiful smiles very much!!  I wish I had gone for a last sandwich and hot baguette. My husband is sad to not have any more pizza and meatballs.

  • Kathy June 13, 2017 (10:34 pm)

    I’ve lived quite a few year in West Seattle and some in Italy and have a long history of chasing around looking for stores that sell my favorite pasta, De Cecco fettuccine nests. Many years ago the two Thriftways (one now Metro Market) stopped carrying it, so I had to get it at Di Laurenti’s in Pike Place Market. I was thrilled when I found it again at Pellegrini’s  Market, but now it will be back to Di Laurenti’s I guess.

    • dawsonct June 13, 2017 (11:34 pm)

      You should check PFI. I’m fairly certain they have them.              

      Parking’s cheaper as well.

    • Buster June 16, 2017 (10:52 am)

      Borrachini’s on Rainier carries it. They have an amazing pasta section. It’s not far from west Seattle and there is free parking. I love those fettuccini nests too!

  • Kathy June 13, 2017 (10:37 pm)

    By the way, I appreciate the nice tile job Aimee Pellegrini put on the store front, I hope this is not removed.

  • LAH June 14, 2017 (8:08 am)

    Oh, I’m so sorry to see them go.  I enjoyed my week day lunches there as it was a lovely respite from work.  

  • ca June 14, 2017 (8:35 am)

    kind of an abrupt closure for when they knew baby was coming. SMH oh well hopefully good tenant comes in 

  • squareeyes June 14, 2017 (9:53 am)

    @Kathy – Big John’s PFI has De Cecco fettuccine nests.  It’s a little hard to find but worth it. http://www.bigjohnspfi.com/directions I love that place!

    • Kathy June 14, 2017 (10:39 am)

      Thanks, I bike to the ID for shopping regularly so that would be another option. Though that hill getting down to their shop is kind of a pain on a bike.

      • dawsonct June 14, 2017 (10:01 pm)

        Circle around the back side of the building through the pay lot. The slope is shallower.

  • unknown June 14, 2017 (10:32 am)

    I know it’s a ways to go but how about Borricchini’s in the Central District/Rainier Valley, went there just the other day for a Tiramisu cake and was stopped in my tracks from everything they have in that store….by the way it has been there for as long as I can remember and I am old enough to be your Grandmother!!! LOL!!!

    “welcome to borracchini’s bakery”
    Seattle’s favorite Italian bakery

    We are Seattle’s historic Italian bakery, tracing our roots back to our founding in 1922. Our quality and customer service is unmatched, proven by the longevity, loyalty and satisfaction of our customers over the years. We look forward to serving you and making your special day as memorable as it can be. Enjoy your shopping with us and let us know if you have any questions!

  • SGG June 14, 2017 (2:56 pm)

    That’s too bad.  They had a great little business, but their restrictive hours  made a visit there a rare thing. I think they closed at 5pm if I’m not mistaken.  For the most part, WS is a bedroom community and people need to be able to swing by after work.

  • Joan June 14, 2017 (3:44 pm)

    For me, Borrachinis is excellent – italian imports, wonderful pastries, terrific deli and authentic, premade, frozen pasta specialties plus the best custom cakes and bulk gelato.  It’s not that far from WS – just over the hill on Rainier at Massachusetts.  And I think the prices are reasonable.   

  • JWinWS June 14, 2017 (6:08 pm)

    All the best, Aimee!  I’ll miss your excellent selection of pasteries and espresso.  Your catering was top notch! I hope we get to see you from time to time at Rustica.

  • LizS June 15, 2017 (3:06 pm)

    Loved their Roman style pizzas!  The veggie toppings were always different—I’m going to miss them, and their frozen manicotti and veggie lasagna.  La cucina Italiana vera…..☹  

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