Little Italy without the pizza; also chicken and waffles

Oct 07, 2015 1173

by Ronald Holden

What's up here? A liquor license application from an outfit named Aglio e Olio (2743 E. Madison St.) lists Luigi DeNunzio as one of the applicants. He's well-known in the Italian-American restaurant community, with two Pioneer Square restaurants to his name (Al Boccalino and Che Sara Sara), plus Cafe Bengodi, recently relocated to Beacon Hill.

He's a one-man Little Italy, you might say, so what's he doing moving into Madison Valley? Ah, what Italians have always done to survive: adapt. DeNunzio came to Seattle 30 years ago, when there were virtually no authentic Italian spots run by Italians.

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