Great name for a restaurant, don’t you think? If I ate there everyday, I would certainly be the image of that name! My daughter and her fiancé took me to The Fat Hen for breakfast on my recent visit to Seattle.
On the counter of goodies was a tray of cookies called “Bocconcino.” Now, bocconcino, in Italian, is actually the name for the small, round fresh mozzarella balls. This confection was obviously NOT a cheese, so we knew we had to try one. It was a light, airy cookie with an almond flavor…Delicious!
Most of the menu items have Italian names that don’t necessarily translate directly to the actual food being served. The three of us shared two items since we could see by the other diners that the portions were generous.
Camicia, translated, means “shirt,” perhaps this dish is so named because you will definitely get a drop or two on your shirt! Or maybe they christened this “in camicia” because the marinara sauce is perfectly flavored and enrobes two poached eggs. Also nestled into the sauce is mozzarella cheese and the whole dish is topped with fresh basil leaves…beautiful and delectable and hearty. Sop up the remaining sauce with the crusty Italian bread that accompanies each dish.
Our second breakfast was “In Carrozza,” which means “carriage” or “coach.” And that is exactly what this was. The poached eggs and cheese were “carried” on top of the country ham slices. A totally different flavor combination, but equally as delicious. There was plenty of food for the three of us and we were each able to have a bit of both plates.
The Fat Hen — 1418 NW 70th St — Seattle, WA 98117 — 206.782.5422 — Tues-Sun 8a-3p