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Jan 2, 2005 03:23 PM

La Spiga- Seattle

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Any opinions about this restaurant. I will be visiting Seattle in the spring and friends told me it was "yummy".

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  1. This place used to be unique and good. Unfortunately, the service is now spotty and the food is unimpressive.

    1. I love La Spiga. It may not be quite as terrific as it was when they first opened (it was very inexpensive and the service was great) but I still like it better than any other Italian place I've ever been to in the US. Their pasta with truffle oil is one of my favorite things and everyone raves about the lasagne. Go for dinner, the lunch menu is very limited. Make reservations-they are usually full if you try to walk in.

      1. I have to concur with foodguy. La Spiga used to be "yummy" but the quality of the food has declined. I haven't had any service problems, pesonally, but my last several meals there have been... disappointing. Not bad, but not very good either.

        My favorite Italian in Seattle is Cafe Lago. Now *their* lasagna is worth raving about.


        1. I'd be interested in any more opinions...perhaps because it makes me sad to think that La Spiga is no longer so yummy. It used to be one of our favorites: we loved the gnocchi, the piadina, and the authentically (to my limited perspective) Italian feel. I remember my Italian professor taking me there a while back.

          Then my wife and I had a baby, and La Spiga closed, so we haven't been there in a while. But we were thinking of treating ourselves to a visit and a babysitter - is it worth it? More opinions?

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          1. re: southendeater

            (although if you're going to go to the trouble of getting a babysitter, maybe you might want to upgrade to Barolo? ;)

          2. You do realize that the post that calls it "not yummy" is over two years old, right? So it sounds like you've been there (and liked it) since that person posted. But if you're wondering about the new location, I think there's 2 recent threads if you search. I also think the P-I review a few weeks ago hit the nail on the head. They have a few issues to work out but definitely worth going to, and there's just nothing else like it in Seattle (Cafe Lago is more Italian-American, with its ceaser salad and fettucine with meatballs...)

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            1. re: christy319

              Aha. No, I foolishly missed the date on the not yummy comment - mainly, I was interested in the new location. I know people have said the menu is different. I think we'll have to head out and check it out ourselves.


              1. re: southendeater

                I ate there regularly when they were at their tiny old place. Spotty service, but very tasty, Emilia-Romagna cuisine. Tiramisu was NOT traditional tiramisu, but was similar, and was good. I especially liked the flatbread and the rabbit.

              2. re: christy319

                Happened to be in the area last night and stopped in. I thought the appetizer of poached rabbit and fennel was especially delicious. The Pappardelle was very tasty as well. The gnochitti that my wife got I didn't really care for, neither did she. The tiramisu was described as amazing and while it was very good, it wasn't amazing. The lasagna on somebody else's plate looked very good.

                The space is beautiful, the service was typical Seattle (though the host was a VERY typical snobby punk kid, our waiter was very friendly), and the prices I thought were very reasonable. I would go back. It's not often that you can have a good, fresh pasta meal with appy, glass of wine, dessert, and dessert wine for less than $60 total for two people (I was the only one drinking)!