Vendemmia is technically the Italian word for vintage (as in the vintage, or harvest season, of a wine), but it’s one of those knotty words that really means so much more—Italians say it also refers to the terroir, culture, and spirit that went into making the bottle. It’s just that kind of passion and complexity that chef Brian Clevenger is hoping to capture in his dressed-up Madrona restaurant. In addition to the sophisticated wine list, Clevenger offers handmade pasta and plenty of gorgeous, seasonal vegetable dishes, and since the Washington native grew up near the coast, you can always count on a few fresh seafood dishes. Note: It’s definitely worth springing for a reservation at the four-seat chef’s counter for a special occasion.

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