Family gatherings and celebrations are a speciality at Zio Sal Ristorante Italiano, opened recently in Redmond Town Center by Salvatore and Valentina Lembo.

Family gatherings and celebrations are a speciality at Zio Sal Ristorante Italiano, opened recently in Redmond Town Center by Salvatore and Valentina Lembo.

A little bit of Italy in downtown Redmond!

Salvatore and Valentina Lembo bring a passion for authentic cuisine to new family-friendly eatery

For the past 28 years, Bellevue restaurateur Salvatore Lembo has welcomed guests to his Firenze Ristorante, where he’s delighted in sharing the authentic flavors of traditional Italian cuisine and wines.

If you’ve enjoyed dinner or dropped in for lunch, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced Sal’s enthusiasm for the good things in life. Now you can enjoy that same quality and atmosphere closer to home!

Diners have been thrilled to discover Zio Sal Ristorante Italiano in the Redmond Town Center. A partnership between Sal and daughter Valentina Lembo, this new family-friendly eatery and lounge features many of your favorite menu items from Firenze, and the same dedication and passion for serving authentic Italian food.

“I’m proud of everything on our menu,” Valentina says. “We’ve got a lot of traditional items you can try like our bolognese dishes, but we’ve also created our own twist on things, from deep-fried calzone to grill items, pastas and other outstanding dishes.”

Zio Sal has many ways to satisfy that hunger. Here are a few:

  • Casual dining, lots of choice – Sal says the offerings at the new restaurant are a great way for people unfamiliar with Italian cuisine to get a taste of what’s out there, in a comfortable setting. “Whether you’re hungry for steak and seafood, pastas, salads or artisan pizzas, it’s a complete menu with something for everybody at a good price,” he says.
  • Great value every day – With their extensive happy hour menu available daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., including on weekends, you’ve got plenty of opportunity to try something new. “Every one of our pastas is on the happy hour menu and most of our side dishes,” Valentina says, adding you’ll also find a variety of beverages.
  • Striving for authenticity – With many ingredients imported from Italy, not to mention wines from the Lembo family vineyards in Italy, you’ll taste the flavors of the old country, created with love and pride.
  • Gather with the gang – Whether you’re celebrating someone’s birthday, taking a break from shopping, or getting together with the gang from the office for lunch or dinner, Zio Sal is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy good food as a group. Its central location makes it easy to walk over from your downtown Redmond office, but there’s plenty of parking available in the Center.

Reservations and catering requests are gratefully taken at Zio Sal, either online or by calling 425-202-7578. Find out more at or on their Facebook page.

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Valentina Lembo welcomes you to Zio Sal Ristorante, the newest dining experience in Redmond.

Valentina Lembo welcomes you to Zio Sal Ristorante, the newest dining experience in Redmond.

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