Dining: Passatempo Taverna

photo by Jackie Greisen

written by Cara Strickland

A newcomer on the Walla Walla food scene, Passatempo opened in 2016. The name is an Italian nod to the former occupants of the space, the historic Pastime Cafe. With craft cocktails by the talented Jim German, handmade fresh pasta and a carefully curated selection of seasonally rotating entrees in an Italian rustic style, there are many reasons to make a reservation.

The restaurant currently takes them up to the three months in advance, and in the busy seasons, you’ll need them. Of course, you can’t forget about wine in Walla Walla. Owner Mike Martin also happens to be the founder of The Walls Vineyards, which specializes in interesting and elegant red, white and rosé blends. While you can find the wines available at Passatempo, there are plenty of other treasures to discover on both the wine and beer lists.



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