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Foodies and casual diners alike will delight in Seattle’s culinary offerings. Waterfront dining, informal bistros, historic restaurants, stall vendors at Pike Place Market and the mobile truck trend have all contributed to a city known for excellent cuisine and memorable dining experiences. Award-winning chefs and restaurants abound in each of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods.

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Guide - Restaurants - Italian

13 Coins Restaurant

125 Boren Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 206-682-2513

Description: DOWNTOWN. Open all day, every day, 13 Coins is a local institution favored by everyone from tourists to local personalities. Across the street from the "Seattle Times," the eatery also pulls in lots of late-nighters, who stop by for a quick, gourmet meal. Low lighting and high booths provide the ultimate in privacy, and if you're dining alone, make sure to sit in a high-backed bar chair and watch the workings in the open kitchen. Classic foods include veal cordon bleu, chicken piccata, sweetbreads, salmon fettuccine, and veal scaloppini. You'll also find prime rib, calf's liver, fresh seafood, and an array of pastas. Even better, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available any time you want them, day or night. Desserts too.
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Al Boccalino Ristorante

1 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104 206-622-7688

Description: PIONEER SQUARE. Intimate and charming, this Pioneer Square Italian is housed in one of the oldest of Seattle's old buildings, a beautiful triangular red brick structure. Unpretentious yet upscale, Al Boccalino offers a certain neighborhood charm, punctuated by friendly service and comfortably decorated, mustard-hued dining rooms. Menu highlights include gnocchi in a tomato-basil sauce, pan-seared Alaskan scallops in basil pesto, and four-cheese-stuffed ravioli.
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Assaggio Ristorante

2010 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 206-441-1399

Description: BELLTOWN. Intimate, romantic, and adorned with Renaissance artwork, Assaggio brings you the best of Italy without your ever having to leave Seattle! Owned and managed by Mauro Golmarvi, the restaurant guarantees diners the best Italian fare. The menu offers a range of pasta, chicken, veal, and seafood entrees, but must-try dishes include pappardella bosciaola (pasta flavored with mushrooms, Marsala, and Barolo wine) and agnello osso buco, the traditional favorite made with lamb instead of veal. Marco's frequent trips to Italy also ensure that a wealth of Italian wines are available to complement any dish.
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Café Juanita

9702 NE 120th Pl, Kirkland, WA 98034 425-823-1505

Description: KIRKLAND. Named for the creek it rests beside, this fantastic restaurant is influenced by Italian cuisine, although it's not the red-sauce-and-cheese variety. Instead, dishes are more refined, featuring first-rate ingredients and careful preparation. Among the offerings you'll find are silky foie gras, sweetbreads in marsala sauce, seared yellowfin tuna, and bacon-wrapped roasted rabbit. Accompanying them are such delicacies as fava beans, polenta, asparagus, artichokes, and a medley of earthy mushrooms. Desserts follow suit and include several Italian classics: tiramisu, panna cotta, and berries laced with balsamic vinegar. The excellent wine list offers a perfect accompaniment, whether it be an Italian or a regional vintage.
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Il Terrazzo Carmine

411 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 206-467-7797

Description: PIONEER SQUARE. The romantic atmosphere, enhanced by classical guitar music, may be the first thing you notice upon entering. The second will surely be the aroma of perfectly-prepared Italian dishes. Excellent service and wonderful selections hint at the restaurant's popularity, which extends to celebrities and local residents alike. The menu features a range of pastas and antipasti, along with such delectable entrees as roasted duck, rack of lamb, beef tenderloin, fresh fish, and even sweetbreads. Go prepared to savor this wonderful dining experience! Complimentary valet parking is available after 5pm. Outdoor seating in season.
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1420 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 206-623-1300

Description: DOWNTOWN. Well-attended by patrons of all sorts, this popular destination is perennially full and has even received a vote for "Best Downtown Lunch" by Seattle Magazine. Capitalizing on its combination of Mediterranean and Northwest fare, the wide-ranging menu features paella, fire-roasted garlic chicken, poached seafood ravioli, wild mushroom risotto, and fresh Pacific salmon. You'll also find a good selection of both traditional and exotic pizzas. Depending on your mood and your time constraints, choose to partake in the dining room, in the large bar area, or in the cafe, which offers the quickest service.
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Pizzeria Pagliacci

550 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 206-285-1232

Description: QUEEN ANNE. If you're in the mood for great pizza, head to Pagliacci's, where you can walk up to the counter and order a pie topped with everything from sun-dried tomatoes to goat cheese and roasted garlic. WIth over 30 toppings to choose from, the pizza menu is sure to have something you'll love. In addition to great pies, the menu features fresh salads and calzones. Leave room for the locally made gelato!
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Primo Grill

601 S Pine St, Tacoma, WA 98405 253-383-7000

Description: TACOMA. The first thing you'll notice about this popular restaurant is its sleek, Euro-chic décor, highlighted by hand-painted tables, lots of local art, and funky metal sculptures. The contemporary design creates a warm and inviting space, especially coupled with the open-plan kitchen and wood-burning stove. With items like grilled lamb chops with polenta and saffron risotto with scallops and prawns on the menu, you may be tempted to skip the wonderful pizzas and pastas, but they are well worth a try. The impressive wine list features an international array of vintages, including those from Italy, France, Australia, and even Washington's own Walla Walla.
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5411 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 206-789-5100

Description: BALLARD. Named after the Tuscan hill town where the owner/chefs met, Volterra brings an authentic slice of Italy to the Northwest. Although the tiled dining room may get noisy, you'll be too enthralled by the signature Tuscan Limoncello Rosemary Drop cocktail to notice. Careful attention to cooking and presentation of fine ingredients like truffles, homemade pastas, wild boar, and beef tenderloin result in dish after luscious dish. Savory orechiette in lamb ragu, accompanied by steamed asparagus in lemon-cheese sauce, is a favorite. Desserts include a rich tiramisu and chestnut panna cotta. The knowledgeable staff won't let the largely Italian wine list get the better of you.
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