ON THE PLATE Caff頂razil The latest enterprise of musician-entrepreneur-all-round-party-guy Eduardo Mendonca features Brazilian soul foods like chicken a moda Cidinha (over rice with okra, garlic,

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ON THE PLATE Caff頂razil The latest enterprise of musician-entrepreneur-all-round-party-guy Eduardo Mendonca features Brazilian soul foods like chicken a moda Cidinha (over rice with okra, garlic, and cilantro, $10.95) and, Wednesday through Saturday, feij㯠tropeiro (beans gone to heaven in the company of pork, pork, pork, and greens, $10.95). Sundays only savor the lime-and-coconut halibut stew ($12.95). 5259 University Way N.E., 525-1993. Il Fornaio Ten more days to partake of Osvaldo Tomatis' special menu featuring foods of Venice and her hinterland: an appetizer portion of baby artichokes baked with crab, cheese, and garlic ($9.95); lasagna stuffed with seafood, mushrooms and b飨amel sauce ($16.50); or more seafood nuggets grilled with ripe peppers on skewers and served over beans and polenta ($22.95). Feature ends 7/15. 600 Pine, 264-0994. Pagliacci Till mid-July, owner Matt Galvin will top your pizza order with Walla Walla sweet onions gratis. Also this summer Pagliacci drivers are also delivering gelati from Gelatiamo: $5.95 per pint gets you chocolate, capuccino, raspberry or lemon sorbet, or, while it lasts, seasonal strawberry. Various locations. Call 726-1717 for delivery. Salty's on Alki Salmon, salmon, and more salmon on Byron Schultz's summer menu: smoked in a sandwich with tarragon salad ($8.95) or BLT-style with pesto ($10.95) for lunch; smoked with Spanish onions and giant capers on a pizza ($12.50); grilled with oyster mushrooms and purple potatoes ($23.95); or pan-seared in camomile-honey glaze with a field-green vinaigrette ($24.95). All this and a view, too! 1323 Harbor S.W., 937-1600. IN THE GLASS Yellow Hawk Cellar '99 sangiovese Nicely filling a gap in the Northwest wine spectrum, Tim Sampson uses Walla Walla Valley grapes to create a bright, tangy red reminiscent of Chianti—the good kind. Priced at $16, it's available at the winery, though rumor has it you might find a bottle or two at the Mercer Island Albertson's, 2755 77th S.E., 232-0244. AT THE MARKETS At last local strawberries are coming on strong: When buying, remember that the tastier a berry is, the quicker it fades—so buy only what you plan to eat that day. Among vegetables, lettuce is at its best with a dozen or more varieties on view, along with a rainbow of radishes, peas galore, and the first baby turnips. COMING UP 7/5 Today—or as soon as weather permits—partake of selected Hunt Club luncheon specialties under the palms of the Sorrento Hotel courtyard. 900 Madison, 622-6400. 7/19 Nancy Andrus of California's ultra-high-end Pine Ridge Winery comes to town to show off '99 whites and '98 reds from her vineyard collection alongside a five-course dinner by Flemings chef James Kennedy including seared scallops, duck breast in cherry sauce, grilled veal loin, and rosemary lamb chops. $95 plus tax and tips. 1001 Third, 587-5300. 7/22 Dress fancy-casual for a multicourse banquet featuring the wines of Rombauer Vineyards of St. Helena, Calif., and food by cookin' buddies Johnathan Sundstrom (Earth & Ocean) and Dennis Leary (of San Francisco's Rubicon). $145 per person, and consider yourself lucky: Folks who bid on seats for the Classic Wine Auction are paying $1,200 a pop. DeLille Cellars, 14208 Woodinville Rd., 425-489-0544. Hey, hot stuff—send updates to the Hot Sheet, food@seattleweekly.com.

 
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