Valentinetti’s opens next week in former Hi-Life location

The old firehouse just off Market Street that housed Hi-Life for 15 years has undergone a transformation, and is set to reopen next week as an Italian restaurant and bar named Valentinetti’s.

The owners, Peter Levy and Chef/partner Anthony Hubbard of Chow Foods, closed Hi-Life in September to renovate and reimagine the space. The restaurant is named for Aurora Valentinetti, godmother of Levy’s wife Betty and former UW professor, known and loved for her puppetry courses. Valentinetti is 99 years old now, and has a puppet museum named for her in Bremerton. In honor of Valentinetti, the restaurant will host occasional puppet shows starting in 2020.

The space has been changed to feel more intimate, with an Italian menu featuring a unique form of pizza known as “pinsa”. Pinsa is a brick oven, Roman-style oval pizza made with fermented dough made of wheat, rice, and soy from Italy.

Once the dough is mixed, it’s cold-fermented, and then shaped and topped with ingredients before cooking in a 700-degree brick oven. The non-GMO flour and fermentation process is meant to be more digestible compared to traditional wheat crust.

The menu will also feature a number of gluten-free, non-dairy and vegetarian options.

Alongside Chef Anthony will be Noelle Huerta, whose grandparents hail from Sicily and Northern Italy. Valentinetti’s house-baked bread is a recipe inspired by her family’s bocce ball league gatherings: crusty, with refined extra virgin olive oil and aged vinegar for dipping.

The bar will serve PNW and Italian wines, Ballard-sourced microbrews (Stoup and Maritime), and some Italian beers and cocktails such as Viola’s Uncle, a housemade limoncello with thyme simple and lemon.

The menu also includes house baked bread, salads, soups and desserts.

Valentinetti’s will open on Oct. 24, with dinner service to be offered daily from 5pm to 10pm. Weekend brunch will start on Saturday, Nov. 2, and will be served 8am to 3pm every Saturday and Sunday and some holidays. Weekday lunch will start Monday, Nov. 4, and will be from 11am to 4pm in the 21+ bar. They’ll also start offering weekday private breakfast or lunch parties in the main dining room, Monday to Friday for up to 60 guests.

When they open, reservations can be made online.


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Pedestrian
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Pedestrian

On what night will they serve their fried chicken dinner?

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

Oh my! I am really looking forward to the ” non-dairy and vegetarian options.”.
As a vegan I really enjoy any pizza and Mediterranean food that claims this.

El Grunion
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El Grunion

joke:

Q: How do you know if someone is a vegan?

A: Just wait a few minutes, they will tell you all about it.

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

Yes, proud to be a vegan!

SurlyAF
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SurlyAF

The joke applies to bacon lovers too.

spark
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spark

Q: How do you know someone eats animals?

A: Just wait a few minutes, they will make a tired and over-played joke about vegans.

SurlyAF
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SurlyAF

As much as I’ll miss hi-life, I’m looking forward to trying their pizza. I haven’t found a pizza place in Ballard that I love so maybe theirs will change that.

carsongbaker
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carsongbaker

It’s not quite Ballard, but Windy City Pie up on Phinney is phenomenal! Very much worth a try in case you haven’t yet.

Lizzy the Lezzy
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Lizzy the Lezzy

Carson, you got that right! I love the Neapolitan pizza at Veraci but when I want a big old meat and cheese bomb, there is no other option: Windy City!

SurlyAF
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SurlyAF

I tried them at their previous location but had a bad service experience. I definitely plan to revisit because I thought the pizza was excellent.

Lizzy the Lezzy
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Lizzy the Lezzy

Surly were you at the 206 Distillery location or the one in Fremont?

SurlyAF
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SurlyAF

206 Distillery. It seemed like a kinda chaotic setup there and it was a busy Friday night. The bottom of the crust was burnt pretty bad and when we brought it up they told us that’s normal. We ate one slice there then left unimpressed.