—jackie roberts, owner
The Pink Door serves delicious, uncomplicated Italian-American food during lunch and dinner. Many offerings derive from La Padrona's family recipes—inspired from weekly Sunday gatherings and days in her grandfather's garden.
Before terms such as “local” and “farm-to-table” became food catchphrases, Jackie was decades ahead of most restaurants in town, sourcing locally. In 1981, she was sharking the vegetable stalls at Pike Place Market, making deals with farmer Pasquelina Verde for her building blocks of Italian cuisine: fennel, radicchio, Cipollini onions, basil, porcini and arugula. Today, the produce is supplied largely by Butler Farms on Bainbridge Island, about 90% in peak growing season.
Like food, wine is an indispensable part of the dining experience at The Pink Door, and the unpretentiousness of the restaurant carries through to the wine list. Each bottle is chosen by Jackie and her beloved Bar Manager, Chiara Pierotti. Wines are chosen for their natural viticulture and winemaking, with a refreshing majority of organic and bio-dynamic wines from which to choose, at prices that are far below the average restaurant markup. “Gouge not,” says Jackie.