Awards & Press

 Award-Winning Italian Dining & Wine Bar

OpenTable - Diner's Choice Award 2020

Wine Spectator - Award of Excellence 2017

Wine Spectator - Award of Excellence 2014

Travel + Leisure - Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S. 2012

TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2019

Wine Spectator - Award of Excellence 2016

Wine Spectator - Award of Excellence 2013

Seattle Weekly - Top 10 Hotel Bars 2012

Wine Spectator - Award of Excellence 2019

Wine Spectator - Award of Excellence 2015

OpenTable - Diner's Choice
"Best Italian Restaurant" 2013

Wine Spectator - Award of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2015

Eater Seattle - Best Hotel Restaurant 2013


Let’s Talk Wine: See and Savor Seattle
January 23, 2020 |

Bartenders Tell Us The Best Whiskies For Your Next Hot Toddy
December 23, 2019 | Uproxx

Weekend Wanderings: A Downtown Seattle Holiday Staycation
December 3, 2019 | Seattleite

Spirit-free Sips Are Soaring
November 14, 2019 | Cheers Magazine

Favorite Liquor For Holiday Entertaining
November 8, 2019 | Uproxx

The Whiskey You Absolutely Need This Holiday Season
November 5, 2019 | Uproxx

What to Eat, See, Do in Seattle Right Now
October 10, 2019 | Scout Magazine

These Are the Quietest Restaurants in Seattle, According to Science
September 17, 2019 | Eater Seattle

The 32 Best Seattle Date Spots, According to Real Daters
September 15, 2019 | Dating Experts
The Best-Ever Way Keep Your Pasta from Sticking Together
September 6, 2019 | Eat This, Not That
Best Italian Restaurants In Seattle, Washington
August 7, 2019 | Trip101
Dine Out and Savor the City's Most Romantic Eateries
July 27, 2019 | USA Today 10Best
27 Seattle Pride-Themed Food and Drink Specials to Try This Week
June 28, 2019 | The Stranger
Got Riesling? Here's Five Wine Cocktails You Should Try
June 28, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast
The Most Exciting Seattle Pop-Ups, Tracked
May 1, 2019 | Eater Seattle
Guide: 9 Of Seattle’s Most Beautiful Restaurants
April 3, 2019 | Curiocity

Our Travel Writers Offer Their Favorite Romantic Restaurants
February 10, 2019 | Food Wine Travel
Seattle's 10 Most Iconic Restaurants
November 12, 2018 | OpenTable

This downtown bar has an entire menu dedicated to pumpkins
October 29, 2018 | Seattle Refined
Squash Boring Meetings
October 22, 2018 | Meetings & Conventions

Seattle Says "Grazie" to its Best Italian Restaurants
July 12, 2018 | USA Today 10Best

What to Pack for a Seattle Event 
June 5, 2018 | Smart Meetings

Downtown Seattle
May 2, 2018 | AFAR

Where To Go For Mother's Day Brunch in Seattle
May 2, 2018 | Seattle Magazine

Mike Yardley: A bite out of Seattle yesterday
April 29, 2018 | Newstalk ZB

Turning Tables 
April 12, 2018 | Wine Spectator

10 Stylish Boutique Hotels in Seattle 
March 31, 2018 | Wine Spectator

10 Stylish Boutique Hotels in Seattle 
March 26, 2018 | Smarter Travel

Seattle Hotels With Destination-Worthy Restaurants 
March 20, 2018 | Fodor’s Travel

Seattle's Top Italian Restaurants
Jan 29, 2018 | Trip Savvy

The Most Romantic Restaurants in Seattle
December 24, 2017 | Culture Trip

A wine lover's guide to Seattle
December 18, 2017 | Wine Press Northwest

Wine Ink column: Wash-Italian—A trip to Italy in the Pacific Northwest
December 13, 2017 |
To embellish the experience, I had arranged to pair our wines with the cuisine of one of Seattle's most renowned Italian chefs, Walter Pisano of Tulio, which occupies a cozy corner in the wine-themed Hotel Vintage. For wine-lovers, the Kimpton-branded Hotel Vintage is a destination in itself.

All You Need to Gnocchi
2017 Issue | Sapore
"There's enough going on with the Food Network and travel channels that people are familiar with gnocchi now," says Chef Walter Pisano of Seattle-based Tulio Ristorante.


Best Restaurants and Bars for Private Dining in Seattle
August 10, 2017 | Zagat Seattle
Best for: Celebrating your engagement; your parent's silver anniversary; holiday dinners (or wine lunches) with your best friends

Seattle's Top Italian Restaurants
July 25, 2017 | Trip Savvy
The open kitchen at Tulio where wonderful food is created daily is guaranteed to lift your mood. Tulio is well-known for its unique cuisine and excellent service. The menu includes Washington lamb sirloin, clam linguini and sweet-potato gnocchi - the last two of which are super popular! You can enjoy your meal upstairs or downstairs. And keep your eyes open as celebrities have even been known to dine here.

Wine Spectator Unveils 2017 Restaurant Award Winners
July 5, 2017 | Wine Spectator
Wine Strengths: Italy
Pricing: (Moderate) $ $ $
Corkage Fee: $20
Selections: 185
Inventory: 1,890

25 Best Italian Restaurants in Seattle
June 12, 2017 | Vacation Idea
Known for its authentic cuisine and attentive service, Tulio features a centrally located dining room with an open kitchen and wood-burning oven, and a private room upstairs that resembles an aristocrat’s library.

Tulio Ristorante Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary with Chef Walter Pisano
June 8, 2017 | Eat in Seattle
Executive Chef Walter Pisano, who named the restaurant after his father, John Tulio Pisano, has been at the helm since the start in 1992, creating his signature Italian dishes – with nod to his New Jersey upbringing – and providing gracious service along with a dynamic energy that just makes you feel good to be part of.

Tulio Ristorante in Seattle
May 2, 2017 | Vacation Idea
Tulio Ristorante is an urbane Italian restaurant located in the Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle. The restaurant has been acclaimed as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. Tulio's Italian-inspired wine and spirits list showcases some of the best beverages in the vicinity.

What It Was Like to Work with Boutique Hotel Pioneer Bill Kimpton
March 22, 2017 | Skift
Walter Pisano, executive chef of Tulio at Kimpton’s Hotel Vintage Seattle: When I had mentioned that I was heading to San Francisco [to interview for the chef job at Kimpton’s new hotel in Seattle], part of the interview, in a lot of cases, especially now and even back then, was that chefs would have to do food tastings. I went over and conceptually, I knew what we were thinking about as far as the restaurant, so I went to Kuleto’s and prepared for a food tasting. Back then it was a small group of people. It was really pretty casual.

Complete Oral History of Boutique Hotels
March 20, 2017 | Skift
Even if you're not quite sure how to define exactly what a “boutique hotel” is — and you're not alone, trust us — chances are you instinctively know one when you see one. Today, nearly 40 years after Bill Kimpton opened his first hotel and Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell opened theirs just three years later, boutique hotels remain an instrumental, and often essential, influence on the way we experience hotels, and the way we travel.

Where to Eat Seattle
Spring 2017 | Cigar & Leisure
Settled right in the middle of bustling Fifth Avenue shopping and dining, this Italian restaurant is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and rightly so—it is a culinary treat.

Tulio Ristorante’s Venetian-Style Mussels with Sauvignon Blanc
February 9, 2017 | Sip Northwest
Cooking with wine isn’t an afterthought for Tulio Executive Chef Walter Pisano — it’s an essential part of the equation. As a second generation professional gourmand, Pisano’s restaurant roots and Italian heritage brought him to opening the wine-focused Tulio Risotarante on the main floor of Seattle’s Hotel Vintage in 1992. Named for Pisano’s restaurateur father, John Tulio Pisano, the downtown locale takes on the persona of an East Coast Italian joint: dark wood, white tablecloths, glowing ceiling sconce light, house-made pastas, grappa, wine and more wine.

The Seattle Italian Dining Matrix
January 26, 2017 | Seattle Met
A handy let’s-go-out-for-Italian reference guide, from modern interpretations to Grandma’s cannelloni.

Figging Out: A Few of Our Fave Fig Drinks + Dishes
December 26, 2016 | OpenTable Blog
Fig. 1738 is the name of the fig-rich cocktail created by Tulio’s head bartender Matthew Slocum. The drink is a classic tangy-sweet combo of sweet muddled figs and Bevivo Lemon Drinking Balsamic made into “drinking form,” with a warming kick from Remy Martin 1738 and a fig slice.

Hey, Look Which Seattle Restaurants Have the Best Wine Lists
July 14, 2016 | Seattle Met
The Award of Excellence, which “recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style,” went to 13 restaurants:

2016 Best Restaurants for Wine
July 6, 2016 | Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards

What Is Saba And Why Is It Trending?
April 20, 2016 | Food Republic
Chefs nationwide are finding modern uses for balsamic’s ancestor. View a saba-powered dish from Tulio in Seattle: sunchokes and burrata with roasted pears and rosemary.

Spring desserts show off seasonal berries, rhubarb
Febraury 2, 2016 | Nation’s Restaurant News
After a long, dreary winter, nothing says spring like the arrival of fresh berries and rhubarb. Although the worst of winter 2016 has yet to come, chefs across the country are already planning to celebrate spring with desserts made with these and other first-of-the-season ingredients.

Feast of the Seven Fishes: Seattle Restaurants Recreate Italian Tradition
December 11, 2015 | Eater Seattle
Seattle restaurateurs are embracing the southern Italian Christmas Eve custom of la vigilia, better known in Italian-American households as "the feast of the seven fishes." In true Italian spirit, the meal transforms an act of abstinence (from meat) into an indulgence. Here, four places to try it out around Seattle this month:

Fragrant mint grows on restaurant menus
October 6, 2105 | Restaurant News
At Tulio in Seattle, chef Water Pisano serves lamb sirloin with mint syrup and mint and basil yogurt, a riff on the old-fashioned fine-dining dish of rack of lamb with mint jelly.

7 Seattle Hotel Restaurants for Locals
September 29, 2015 | Zagat
You can often find chef Walter Pisano working the room at this Downtown Italian-inspired spot nestled inside the Hotel Vintage, smiling and offering menu suggestions. The gnocchi is a beloved staple that's survived every menu change, and it's a decadent way to begin any meal. Pasta here is delicate and tender; if you can’t decide, it’s usually possible to get a half order of two.

25 Must-Try Romantic Lunch, Dinner & Dessert Spots in Seattle
August 12, 2015 | Vacation Idea
From breakfast and brunch to lunch and dinner, the restaurant is an excellent choice. Its intimate and elegant dining room creates the perfect setting for appreciating Chef Pisano’s exquisite cuisine, and an impressive wine list presents excellent wines to accompany each dish.

Seattle Restaurants with Lofts
April 28, 2015 |
There was the clubby loft at downtown’s business lunch Italian of choice, Tulio.

The 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Seattle
January 28, 2015 |
Real Seattleites know that people in this town love lots of things (at least 27 of 'em!) more than dating, but if you're gonna do it -- and with Valentine's Day just a few weeks away you'd better -- you'd better do it right, that is to say, at one of Seattle's 10 most romantic restaurants....