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Lombardi’s Restaurant and Wine Bar WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER

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ombardi’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar is an establishment that has grown up with Seattle’s food scene. Diane Symms opened the original Lombardi’s in Ballard in 1987; it was then known as Lombardi’s Cucina. Symms’ vision was to bring to Seattle authentic Italian food, like the dishes she enjoyed while living abroad for several years as a teenage. “People asked me why on earth I was opening an Italian restaurant in Ballard. They asked me as if it was the craziest thing they’d ever heard of,” Symms said. Much has changed for both Seattle and Lombardi’s over the years. “Seattle hasn’t always been the food mecca that it is today,” Symms said. “It used to be pretty meat and potatoes. You wouldn’t recognize it as the same city if you lived here thirty years ago.” Today, Symms manages the restaurant’s two locations—a waterfront location at the Everett marina and another situated about halfway between Bothell and Mill Creek—with Kerri Lonergan-Dreke, her business partner and daughter. …

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