La Fontana is an urban oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of Belltown. Upon entering the courtyard, you are drawn to the bubbling fountain and the aroma of Sicilian cuisine in the air. La Fontana Siciliana doesn’t just offer an ordinary meal. Located in a building that in 2023 will complete 100 years of history, The Humphrey, your visit to the restaurant will take you to Italy, more precisely to the Italian canteens of ancient Sicily. Comprising three different indoor lounges, each with its own peculiarity and an outdoor patio with a beautiful fountain used during the summer, La Fontana Siciliana is unique. It’s a gem in Belltown begging for a visit.
La Fontana has been a Belltown fixture for nearly three decades under the leadership of former owner Mario Fuenzalida. For 28 years, he has implemented his philosophy, bringing all the experience of nearly 40 years working in restaurants to make La Fontana Siciliana a local icon. With their retirement in 2022, the new owners, the Brazilian entrepreneurs Rodrigo Parisi and Saulo Cruz, decided to keep the soul of the restaurant untouched and bring innovation, impeccable service and modern management and administration concepts. Rodrigo, descendant of an Italian family, had already experienced the daily life of a restaurant in Brazil, while helping his father with “Cantina San Marco”, a traditional Italian restaurant in the Italian neighborhood of Moóca, in São Paulo, his hometown. Saulo knew the hospitality industry very well, due to a roast and coffee shop he owned in Dallas, called “Divina Gula Café”, which he sold when he moved to Seattle.
Ingredients continue to be handpicked and sourced from the best local suppliers. Heading the kitchen, Chef Antonio has been at La Fontana Siciliana for almost 15 years. He combines his own experience and knowledge with Mario’s teachings and the new culinary concepts brought by Rodrigo and Saulo to provide the incredible combinations of Sicilian dishes in Washington.
The menu, of course, is based on Sicilian cuisine and consists mainly of pasta, seafood, meat and lots of vegetables. The influences of Sicilian cuisine come from thousands of years of Italian island history. Strategically positioned in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, the island was invaded by Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines and Normans. The mixture of different civilizations has made gastronomic culture and wine production some of the great riches of Sicily. To learn more about Sicily, click here.
The wine list, made up of local and Italian wines, aligns perfectly with the menu, transforming a simple meal into a gastronomic event with several different varietals or blends, from different regions of Italy. The highlight is Nero D’Avola, the main Sicilian grape, which has versatility as one of its characteristics, combining perfectly with most dishes on the menu.
Come to La Fontana Siciliana! Allow us to surprise you with our spectacular dishes, really good wines and personalized service. We want you to feel in our restaurant as if it were an extension of your home in Italy!
La Fontana Siciliana – A Taste of Sicily in Seattle