Visitors can now top off their visit to the Whatcom Museum with an Italian-style beverage at Bar Cicotti, officially opened in the Lightcatcher building in late July. You might be familiar with owner Jonathan Cicotti’s Italian fare via downtown staple Storia Cucina, and just like the restaurant, Bar Cicotti is a delicious homage to its namesake’s Northern Italian roots.  

Following in the footsteps of traditional Italian bars, Bar Cicotti serves up coffee by day and functions as a bar at night. Menu items include classic cafe drinks alongside carefully chosen wines and a selection of local beers. You can also start the evening in true Italian fashion with a spritz that combines prosecco and aperitifs such as vermouth, Cocchi Rosa, or Cappelletti.  

Drinks can be paired with simple yet refined foods ranging from snacks and antipasti to heartier offerings such as truffle grilled cheese, risotto cacio e pepe, and even dessert. For a special start to the day, breakfast menu favorites include pizzettes and Bombolini, a custard-filled donut traditionally eaten in Northern Italy. Diners in a hurry can also pick from a selection of grab-and-go foods. 

Storia Cucina is known for its commitment to quality, so it’s no surprise that Bar Cicotti shares this philosophy. When sourcing ingredients, they rely on local producers and organic farmers to ensure that every menu offering is of the highest quality. True Italian food is simple yet made with top-notch ingredients, and Bar Cicotti lives up to this standard. 

Keep an eye out for our in-depth review of Bar Cicotti in next month’s edition.  

202 Grand Ave., Bellingham, 360.656.6802,