Anybody who lives in the Ballard area, or who is just looking for a relaxed, quality meal in a nice outdoor setting on a sunny Seattle day, should keep Picolinos on their list. It is easy to miss, sitting on a semi-commercial, suburban stretch off the main roadways, but the patio is one of the best in Seattle. Tom Bailiff opened this place in October 2008, just as the mortgage crisis was taking down the world economy. He'd taken an entire half block of shops in a 1940 building and remodeled them into a mini Italian villa, with four separate dining rooms, including the lounge, and a large, shady, terrace garden in back. Here he serves better than average classic Italian food and wines, as well as fairly standard cocktails. The food is good enough to put it on your must-try list, but the thing that will bring you back, once you have experienced, is the almost secret garden patio in back.