Owners, Viljo and Autumn Basso have been working in restaurants together
since 1995. Viljo attended Portland's Western Culinary Institute and after an
internship at Rover’s – a well-known French cuisine-inspired restaurant in
Seattle – he became a full-time chef there. Autumn also worked in restaurants
in the Seattle area and attended Seattle's Art Institute where she studied
While still in Seattle, Viljo also worked at Cascadia Restaurant and Mashiko
Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. He was later asked to help open and be
the head kitchen chef at Saito's Japanese Café and Sushi Bar, a traditional
Japanese restaurant in downtown Seattle.
After 8 years in Seattle, Viljo and Autumn were married and returned to
Coeur d'Alene. In 2004, Ezra ("EZ~B") Basso was born and Viljo and Autumn
made the big decision to open Syringa, naming it after the Idaho state flower.
Since opening, Syringa has developed a loyal clientéle, due largely in part to
their dedicated staff. Viljo and Autumn hope to maintain the success and
continue to serve consistently great food.