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Annie Marie Musselman
The Place: Il Bistro , 93A Pike St, 682-3049, PIKE PLACE MARKET.

The Hours: 5-6:30 p.m. nightly; 10-midnight, Sun-Thurs; 11 p.m.-1 a.m.,

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At Il Bistro, They Can Make a Negroni With Tequila, and You Can't Handle Chartreuse

ilbistrosignbirds.jpg
Annie Marie Musselman
The Place: Il Bistro, 93A Pike St, 682-3049, PIKE PLACE MARKET.

The Hours: 5-6:30 p.m. nightly; 10-midnight, Sun-Thurs; 11 p.m.-1 a.m., Fri-Sat.

The Digs: Just because master mixologist Murray Stenson once manned a certain bar doesn't mean the magic stops after he leaves. That's true at the Zig Zag, and perhaps doubly so at Il Bistro, the romantic cobblestone alley restaurant where Stenson rose to prominence in the '90s.

The Deal: There are no drinks on special at Il Bistro during happy hour (save for wine, at $3 per glass), but the drinks are special, and many of the dishes they've chosen to discount are a budget gourmet's steal.

There's a $9.50 drink on the specialty cocktail menu called a Rosita. Its base liquor is tequila, which, as our be-afroed bartender, David Nelson, noted, is "tough to tame." But, man, did he slay it; the drink was conceived the drink as a stand-in for a Negroni, and that's exactly how it comes off. He also makes an impeccable Manhattan, be it with Maker's or Old Overholt, Following any (or both) of these libations with green chartreuse, however, is only for the supremely intrepid, unless you don't have anything of import to do for the next 24 hours and are okay with experiencing booze's closest approximation of a mushroom trip.

The pepperoni pizza is pretty good, but at $10, it doesn't qualify as a steal. That stature is reserved for delicious $2.95 dishes like the Grilled Italian Sausage Crostini.

The Vercict: Two orders of the sausage special can suffice as a light meal, but it's defenseless against the havoc wrought by chartreuse.

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