Located in the heart of downtown this restaurant is full of bustling young seattlelites and is your perfect stop for a romantic dinner or lively get together. The staff and food is immaculate you won't leave feeling unsatisfied. Dinner $16-$27 and lunch $10-$17.
Favorite Dish: Osso de buco is to die for as well as any of their pastas. Try the caprese to start.
i just realized how many italian restaurants I've included in my restaurants tips, I love italian food and Serafina is one of those restaurants I keep in the back of my mind for that very special dinner. Not overly priced and they always have wonderful live music that just makes the experience!
Favorite Dish: The bruschetta is fabulous otherwise just about anything on the menu.
Vivanda is an upscale restaurant located very close to Pike Place Market. It offers what the owners call "Mediterranean food with an Italian soul". The decor is appealing, the restaurant is small enough to be comfortable and not overwhelming. They have some very good seafood offerings including lobster ravioli, spice rubbed seared ahi, roasted seabass, and cappelini with sauteed scallops. For those of you not into seafood, there's pork tenderloin or grilled new york steak with basil pesto mashed potatoes. Good wine list! We had excellent service. Only gripe was portions could be a bit larger.
Favorite Dish: Lobster ravioli
This restaurant I never knew about until I moved to Queen Anne a year ago. A small treat tucked away at the bottom of queen anne hill downtown. Absolutely one of the top italian restaurants in Seattle. In a city this size there is so much to choose from but if you are in town and want to have a nice romantic dinner with some of the best food, wine and service then try this place on for size. They may even have specials going on, friends of mine paid for a package where a 5 course meal and a limo ride was included.
If you love Italian food as much as I do, head for the Pacific Place Shopping Center on 6th and Olive. Il Fornaio Ristorante combines a traditional Italian restaurant with a fun Italian bakery and cafe, connected by a large spiral staircase.
The food is delicious enough to make an Italian return, and the atmosphere balances formality with relaxation, typical of Seattle.
This is not a stop for a budget traveller, but you could certainly do worse!
Favorite Dish: Pollo Toscano: Rostisserie wood-smoked chicken with rosemary. Yum!
This restaurant can be found in Post Alley, a small little alley found near Pike Street Market and usually only known well by locals. The Pink Door is found behind a small, pink door in an unassuming part of the alley. When you walk inside, however, the atmosphere gives you the feeling that you're in some quaint, little restaurant in a small Italian town.
Down some stairs, by a fountain, past a few decorated tables - you'll notice that the walls are decorated in a colorful, Italian theme. In the summer, you'll most likely find a sign pointing to the outdoor deck asking you to 'Come around back, we're on the deck'.
Once outside, you have a lovely veiw of the Puget Sound glittering in the sunlight. A grapevine laden pergola sits atop the deck allowing for some shade.
All in all, a very pleasant dining experience!
Favorite Dish: The best dish on the menu has got to be the smoked cheese pasta. Very tasty!
Also notable is the bruschetta!
Rialto is a small neighborhood restaurant just north of Green Lake. Unlike the butter and fat laden faux-Italian food you find at Olive Garden, this is the real thing. The menu is not extensive, but what they offer is the best italian food to be found in Seattle.
The restaurant itself is small. Get there right after opening or be prepared to wait a few minutes to be seated. Meals start off with a very fresh salad. Entrees are perfectly sized - you can finish a meal and not feel like a glutton when you are done. The sauces are wonderful, and I love their manicotti! They have an ice cream sandwich for desert that is not obscenely huge and it is quite tasty and can be shared by two people.
Favorite Dish: The manicotti is a perfect size and very tasty. You get two manicottis served under Rialto's delicious red sauce.
Tulio is one of the older Italian restaurants in Seattle, and has a great reputation.
I was impressed with the service. Not overly attentive, which can be annoying, but just right. When our appetizers were served, the waiter divided them into our individual appetizer plates, which was quite handy!
The atmosphere was nice and classic too.
The 5th Avenue theater is just down the street from Tulio, so it is a popular pre-theater restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Funny - In Italian restaurant none of us ordered pasta. But they had a smoked salmon ravioli that sounded delicious.
The 2 appetizers we had were delicious: Asparagus w/ prosciutto, and the most delicious gnocchi I've ever eaten.
Two of us had the rib eye, which was good, but it was the ricotta whipped potatoes served with the steak which made the meal.
I used to live near LaVita E'Bella, had passed it many times, but the outside had never given me any reason to go in. Then someone was talking about how good and inexpensive it was, so 2 friends and I decided to give it a try. We were plesantly surprised. The inside is nice an cozy - dim liting, dark colored walls, black & white photos of 60's actors. The waiter was accomodating and funny, and suggested a great, cheap bottle of wine.
Favorite Dish: We started with Funghi Bruschetta, and it was great! I had Lasagne, which was also delicious. One of my friends had a mushroom ravioli, that was also quite tasty, and my other friend had one of the specials - pasta (similar to fettuccini noodles, but called something else) with herbs and prawns - also very good! And the total per person, including 2 bottles of wine was only $40!
This is a slightly up market restaurant, but the prices are really reasonable. The service is good and the staff really tried hard to make me a "lemon lime and bitters" :)) The decor is nice and warm and if you get a seat by the window you can see the space needle from it. I would recommend this place.
The couple that opened Volterra named it after the Tuscan town where they spent their honeymoon. You enter via the bar, which is usually crowded and loud. Get a pear cosmo while you wait for your table. Delicious and refreshing!
While the dining room is not as loud as the bar, its not what I'd call quiet. But you can still converse at a comfortable volume. The service is excellent, both in the bar and the dining room. The menu is varried, but not overwhelming, and I've relied on the waiter to select the wine on both my visits due to my lack of knowledge of Tuscan wines.
I've eaten both meat and pasta, and enjoyed both. Deserts are good, too. But maybe the most memorable part of the meal is the adorable coffee service - a large cappuccino cup with your own mini creamer, hunks of raw white and brown sugar, and a little biscuit.
This restaurant was recommended by other VT correspondents. I went to this restaurant for dinner last summer in August 2005. The food was excellent. I had the seafood pasta-amazing, and the kids had the lobster ravioli. We liked the food so much that we went back the next day for lunch before we left Seattle. We will definitely come back to this restaurant again the next time we're in Seattle.
Trattoria Mitchelli is located in Pioneer Square on Yesler Way. The first time I ate here was for a late night (early morning) bite when I was an "old" teenager out partying with some of my over-21 co-workers. I've kept coming back ever since!
Favorite Dish: The pasta dishes are my fav.
This restaurant is right by the waterfront at pier 70. Great veiws of the Sound and Elliot Bay.
The decor inside is really homey and whacky! There is a train car inside the restaurant that has tables for two. Other 'tables' are made from old brass bed frames. Really fun and funky for the whole family.
Favorite Dish: My absolute fave is the Manager's Favorite. It's spaghetti with half mizithra cheese sauce and half marinara sauce. Bellisima!
Il Fornaio is a chain of Italian restaurants in California, and their branch is Seattle is probably the best one in the chain.
Located at the Pacific Palace mall, you can choose either to eat at the atrium (bakery), casual risotteria or the fancy looking main dining room.
The beef carpaccio is sublime and the pasta's are made fresh. It does get busy during lunch hour (I went there on a Friday) so expect a bit of a slower service. Overall though a good restaurant that offers good value for money.