Ten years ago I was workingin the sales dept of a publishing house. I was lucky enough to work with foreign partners and not with the Italian market. Thanks to that job I had the opportunity to travel a lot – London, Frankfurt, Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo and New York – to meet some of my clients. Ornella and Carmelo, Italian expat based in London and Peter in Seattle are the only ones I still consider friends.
I was planning a trip to the Emerald city since then but flights were too expensive from Milan, so I waited for my last American journey to go and visit Peter and his family.
It’s a shame I stayed only 48 hours, but I finally enter to the Peter Miller Books. Just in time.
Yes, because the Suyama Building, where the shop is now located has been sold and Peter Miller Books is moving next year back to Pioneer Square, where the shop started more than 30 years ago.
I arrived in Seattle on a rainy day and the first stop was Caffè Senso Unico where Mario, from Emilia Romagna, made me a very good cup of coffee. The sun came out!
Then off to the bookshop before exploring the city on my own. For aperitivo we met with the beautiful Colleen, Peter’s wife. And then we drove to the island where the live in for a nice homemade dinner.
Because Peter is a good chef, because Lunch at the Shop is one of the best books published in the last 2 years and because – to celebrate the anniversary of his first book – another one is coming next spring: Five ways to cook asparagus.
The day after, we woke up early in the morning to catch the ferry. Then I walked north-east and had a second and late breakfast at Oddfellows Cafe+Bar.
Early in the afternoon I met Matthew Dillon, the Chef, at Upper Bar Ferdinand. I want to go back and try the London Plane as well as visiting him and his family to their Old Chaser Farm from where most of the food they cook comes from. Next time!
For dinner a very nice meal with the Millers at The Whale Wins by Renee Erikson, then back to the apartment inside the Pike Place Market for a good night sleep before heading to the airport.
I’m so glad and thankful I had the opportunity to visit Peter and Colleen and I wish I can go back again soon! – A presto, Seattle.