Fabrizio Loi, a native of the majestic coastal island of Sardinia, Italy, and resident of the Seattle area for the past 25 years, has always wanted to introduce Sardinian flavors, paired with the spirit and energy of his culture, to the Pacific Northwest. The evolution of the Mediterranean cuisine he grew up enjoying and then cooking in kitchens throughout Italy is what inspired him to open Blu Sardinia—a modern, casually elegant restaurant that provides a taste of Sardinian flavors in a modern and beautifully designed space. Blu Sardinia features art from Sardinian artists, furniture from acclaimed Italian designers and a vibrant mix of traditional and contemporary decor throughout the space.
The restaurant features a one-of-a-kind, wood-fired oven, the option of dining in the main dining room or at the chef’s counter and traditional Italian breakfast pastries and espresso in the morning. The lighting fixtures are hand-blown by Pino Cherchi, a glass and metal sculptor based in Olympia, WA, to add a touch of Washington’s hand-blown glass influence to the traditional Sardinian ambiance.
Blu Sardinia’s menu offers modern takes on traditional Sardinian cuisine, paired with familiar Italian favorites. Starting a meal off with cured meats like prosciutto and cheeses like ricotta and soft pecorino with honey is typical in Sardinia. The meal continues with fresh vegetables such as zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, and fava beans. Blu Sardinia features several Sardinian pastas such as fregula and culurgiones.
A highlight and Sardinian delicacy, Bottarga—a pressed, dried roe from gray mullet or tuna and proteins such as lamb, fish and rabbit—is showcased on the menu. The food inspires all the senses, using no processed ingredients and relying on fresh ingredients as well as imported ingredients from Sardinia, prepared with contemporary Sardinian flavors and technique.
Fresh Italian breads such as ciabatta and focaccia, and handmade gelato are made in-house daily.