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June
6th

First bite: University Place scores a win with Grassi’s Ristorante

Ken, right, and Kim, left, with daughter, Melanie with a dish of rigatoni bolognese at the recently open Grassi's Ristorante. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
Ken, right, and Kim, left, with daughter, Melanie with a dish of rigatoni bolognese at the recently open Grassi’s Ristorante. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Three forkfuls into a plate of bone-in short ribs set atop rigatoni pasta with house-smoked mushrooms, and I was ready to declare the dish one of the best I’ve ordered in 2014.

In fact, it was second only to the supple prime rib at the newly opened Smoke + Cedar.

Like Smoke + Cedar, Grassi’s Ristorante in University Place has a chef who produces terrific results using the slow-and-low cooking technique for beef. But more on that in a moment. Read more »