I truly wish to liberate people from a prescribed way of thinking.
If my restaurant can inspire people to encounter their lives with a new perspective—even in the tiniest way—then I feel gratified.

—jackie roberts, owner

Since 1981, The Pink Door has become a way of life that pairs good food with a sense of community, culture, and generosity of spirit. The historic space at 1919 Post Alley that once housed a violin shop became the dream realized for Jackie. She filled it with artistic touches and ephemera, staffed it with heart, sought out the most alluring and compelling entertainers she could line up, and created a menu that spoke to her roots and was free of pretense. On the Post Alley exterior, she crowned her establishment with a perfect shade of milky pink inspired by the tiles in The Duomo in Firenze. 

Inspired by her Italian-American upbringing in upstate New York, her father maintained a huge garden, her uncles raised goats and pigs and her grandfather grew grapes. These agrarian roots helped to shape her appreciation of using small-to-medium local farms and in-season produce. Jackie is still an avid gardener today who has an urban farm with her partner, Steve, in North Seattle. 

Jackie ignores trends while staying true to her own food affinities, such as her enduring love of anchovies (even when all others eschewed them!).  She also insists, like her ancestors, that bread is an indispensable tool while eating, and as such The Pink Door will never charge for it. From its opening day to more than three decades later, this perennially beloved Italian restaurant keeps things simple, fresh and seasonal. And generations keep coming back for more.

 
 

TEAM

My managers and wait staff have talent, and they're also authentically nice, what I call 'GOODPEOPLE.’ I encourage my team to be themselves yet hold the customers during their visits.
—jackie roberts, owner
 

Jackie Roberts and Raffaele

The one and only foundation and origination behind The Pink Door Restaurant, Jackie spins with a whirlwind of creativity and fervor almost as fast and tirelessly as Raffaele chases his ball.

* Jackie Roberts and Raffaele *

The one and only foundation and origination behind The Pink Door Restaurant, Jackie spins with a whirlwind of creativity and fervor almost as fast and tirelessly as Raffaele chases his ball.
 
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Steve Smrstik and Kira

Our chef Steve keeps the food at The Pink Door dependably delicious, and embodies a dedication and loyalty to the restaurant only matched by the loyalty and devotion his dog Kira shows to her people.

Jeanne Allen Kinney, Lola and Remi

Office manager Jeanne’s sunny disposition and sharp uncensored tongue keep everyone entertained while working. She has almost as many admirers as her stylish dog Lola (who always seems to be in heat).

Christopher Fischbach and Wilber

Come what may, general manager Chris is the man with the answers and works endlessly without a waver in his temperament. His discipline is excellent, until it comes to reprimanding his tiny dog, Wilber, who can do no wrong in his adoring eyes.

Angelica Harris and Goose

Owner-in-training Angelica has been here the longest after her mother, Jackie! She has lived, breathed and understands true, old-fashioned hospitality. Her appreciation for good food is shared by her dog, Goose, a morsel-gulping opportunist.

Management Portraits by: Nancy Medwell