Happy Hour!

Serafina From the charming woodwork and wall paint to the flowers and grapes hanging from the ceiling, Serafina is filled with European charm. That being so, it is difficult to get one of the two tables available for happy hour but there is plenty of space at the bar. This is where neighborhood residents go to relax before dinner. True rustic Italian fare is served in small portions with big taste. The flash-cooked calamari ($5.95) leaves one wanting a dipping sauce—or a deep fryer. But try the bruschetta duo ($4.95), grilled bread with green olive tapenade and spicy goat cheese. Spinach gnocchi ($5.95) is a tease of very small, very delicious proportion. Well drinks are $4.50 and microbrews on tap are $2.75. Start with the bread basket with olive oil ($2); though the service is good, it runs on the slow side. 4:30–6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 2043 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-323-0807. EASTLAKE food@seattleweekly.com

 
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