How to Cook a Wolf

Rustic Italian

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Named after food writing legend M.F.K. Fisher’s book, How to Cook a Wolf, local restaurateur Ethan Stowell serves up cuisine rooted in the philosophy that simple ingredients can be transformed into rich, memorable meals. Start with plates like the chicken liver mousse with pluot, cippolini agrodolce and almonds or magnificent mains like spaghetti tossed with anchovies, chili, garlic, mint, parsley and pangrattato (bread crumbs). Sophisticated Italian-Mediterranean cuisine is served in a glowing, intimate, wood-paneled dining room.

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  • Best New Chefs 2008 - Food & Wine
  • Zagat rating of 26 out of 30

Menu for How to Cook a Wolf

Dinner Menu


  • Marinated Castelvetrano Olives
  • Polenta Fritters Ricotta, Sage, Chestnut Honey
  • Lollipop Kale Bagna Cauda
  • Beef Carpaccio Brussel Sprout, Pickled Cabbage, Grana Padano
  • Hamachi Crudo Kumquats, Campari, Taggiasca Olive
  • Roasted Carrot Salad Fennel Pollen Crema, Parsnip, Honey
  • Beet Salad Smoked Gorgonzola, Crispy Shallot, Verjus
  • Tuscan Kale Salad Anchovy Vinaigrette, Horseradish, Crouton
  • Grilled Pear Bruschetta Goat Cheese, Lardo, Fennel
  • Chicken Liver Mousse Persimmon, Marinated Red Onions, Crostini
  • Fritto Misto Calamari, Fennel, Citrus, Chili Aioli
  • Delicata Squash Galeux D'eysines, Tapenade, Candied Hazelnut
  • Salumi Board Salame Toscano, Speck, Salame con Porcini
  • Steamed Mussels Leek, Fennel, Pernod, Saffron Crema
  • Braised Pork Cheeks Apple, Mustard Seed, Roasted Celery Root Purée
  • Seared Scallops Cauliflower Purée, Kohlrabi & Pomegranate, Brown Butter


  • Spaghetti Anchovy, Chili, Garlic, Mint, Parsley, Pangrattato
  • Paccheri 'Nduja, Red Pepper Sofrito, Oregano, Grana Padano
  • Heirloom Pumpkin Agnolotti Brown Butter, Sage, Candied Walnut
  • Bucatini Butter, Black Pepper, Pecorino Romano
  • Potato Gnocchi Bolognese Bianco, Rosemary, Grana Padano

New Year's Eve

How to Cook a Wolf

First Course (For the Table)

  • Shigoku Oyster Fennel Mignonette
  • Foie Gras Torchon, Crostini, Saba
  • Pannise, Castelvetrano Olives, Za'atar Yogurt
  • Mixed Greens, Haricot Vert, Crouton, Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Hamachi Crudo, Grapefruit, Campari, Taggiasca Olives, Mint
  • Fritto Misto, Fennel, Mushrooms, Saffron Aioli, Orange

Second Course (Choose One)

  • Black Trumpet Risotto, Marjoram, Taleggio Pudding
  • Bucatini Cacio e Pepe, Truffle Pecorino, Kale, Black Pepper
  • Lumache Neri, Lobster, Preserved Lemon, Thyme, Lobster Cream Sauce

Main Course (Choose One)

  • Pork Cheeks, Sunchoke, Pancetta, Celery, Mustard Seeds
  • Grilled Waygu Coulotte, Duck Fat Potatoes, Onion Agrodolce, Red Wine Sauce, Watercress
  • Seared Ahi Tuna, wild watercress, blood orange, tapenade

Dessert (Choose One)

  • Devils Food Roll Cake
  • Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Ricotta Cheesecake
  • Pistachio/Almond Crust
  • Blood Orange Sorbet
  • Compote Sorbetto

Valentine's Day 2016

First Course

  • Kushi Oyster sauerkraut mignonette
  • Baby Gem Lettuce warm anchovy vinaigrette, parmesan crisp
  • Crispy Semolina Gnocchi tomato, speck, oregano
  • Fritto Misto prawn, fennel, calabrian chili, smoked yogurt
  • Hamachi Crudo blood orange granitee, sorrel, pink lady apple
  • Ricotta Bruschetta truffled honey, crispy sage

Second Course

  • Ricotta and Fennel Ravioli lobster, carrot brodo, anise hyssop
  • Risotto black trumpet mushrooms, cured egg yolk, pecorino, black pepper, parsley
  • Potato Gnocchi braised duck, kale, oil cured black olives, duck cracklin's

Main Course

  • Braised Short Ribs black and green peppercorns, puntarelle salad, crispy sunchokes
  • John Dory grapefruit, watercress, radish, salsa verde
  • Squab savory bread pudding, cherry agrodolce, frisee


  • Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta roasted pineapple, candied pistachio
  • Malted Chocolate Brownie tewed strawberry, buttermilk crème fraiche
  • Sorbet pink peppercorn shortbread cookies

2208 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

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