Family traditions continue at Girardi’s in Edmonds | Arts & Appetite

By Maria A. Montalvo | Aug 24, 2019
Courtesy of: Maria A. Montalvo Spaghetti Maremonte was fresh and light at Girardi’s Osteria in Edmonds.

Girardi’s Osteria opened just two years before we moved here, in 1999, and the Girardi name was already known for Ciao Italia (in the location that is now the Furi Chinese Restaurant).

I do not know anyone who has lived in Edmonds for more than a couple of years who does not have a Girardi’s or a Ciao Italia story (we met two of our dearest friends at Ciao Italia, after randomly striking up a conversation after being seated close by for dinner).

From special occasions to late-night conversations to a quick midday lunch, much Edmonds’ life has happened inside those walls.

Bruno Girardi is now retiring after more than 20 years running multiple restaurants – enter the Milani family. Fred and Lida Milani have lived in the Seattle area for more than 40 years, and love great Italian food.

They want to “continue in the fine tradition of Girardi’s Osteria with the same menu and value that's loved by many, same kitchen and serve staff, and above all the same desire to bring in people for a great dining experience.”

A friend and I stopped in on a recent Saturday for lunch to see how things are going.

After we sat down, the outdoor patio filled up quickly; there was a nice weather and a lovely setting. Not all outdoor dining options in Edmonds have the shade of an established tree over most of the tables and vines climbing along a trellis.

It’s perfect for the warmer months, but Girardi’s also have a heated space outside, so you can dine alfresco year-round. Because the restaurant is on a corner, you can also people-watch from every table.

We tried some classics that we have had at Girardi’s in the past – the Bruschetta ($4.25), Caesar salad ($3.95), a Nicoise salad with tuna ($10.95), and the Spaghetti Maremonte ($10.95). And since it was a Saturday, two glasses of champagne ($6.75).

The bruschetta bread was the perfect texture, and the roasted tomato and balsamic balance was really nice, and it was served with a small salad, as well. The value for the money during the lunch time happy hour is impressive.

The tuna Nicoise had a few surprises, with fresh corn kernels and hearts of palm, and the tuna was seared just right. I wanted a vegetarian pasta dish, so asked for the Maremonte without shrimp since I love spaghetti with peas and mushrooms.

I probably lost a little of the flavor balance without having the saltiness of the shrimp but overall, the dish was fresh and light.

As it used to be and still is, Girardi’s offers a comforting meal and environment, with a majority of Italian dishes and a few menu variations from other cuisines to appeal to the whole family.

The new owners, the Milanis say, "We are here to serve. It’s not about us – it’s about our guests.” It is nice to see that when we visit Girardi’s without a Girardi in charge, we will still feel connected to the stories of our past and know that more stories will be created there in the future.

Girardi’s Osteria is at 504 Fifth Ave. S, Edmonds and is open daily: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m Monday-Wednesday.; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday: and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. It has a well-known happy hour from open to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to close. More information:


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