Italian in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Sometimes it feels as if Seattle has got as many upscale Italian restaurants as Turin, all of them peddling the same modern Italian-American staples: handmade pasta, one-page menus and heavily plugged local greens that often include foraged nettles. Relative newcomer Vendemmia doesn’t stray too far from this winning formula.

What makes it different is its location – in Madrona, a neighborhood that’s long lacked this kind of Mediterranean quality.