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Oct 6, 2006 12:17 AM

Tasty Reasonably Priced Authentic Italian...

Can these words be placed in the same sentence when dining in Seattle? I have been to Carmine's, La Spiga and Serafina for some quality eats, but after spending the summer in italy and being a recent college grad I am looking for some place that is affordable and delicious. Recently I have tried Bizzarro and Ponte Vecchio (?) in Fremont and while they were good, the price of a plate of pasta was $15, and I'm pretty sure the last time I made it at home I used flour, eggs, water and salt. Can somebody help me out or should I simply stick with the Barilla???

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  1. Two words for you.....Cafe Lago.

    1. Not sure if I'd consider Cafe Lago "reasonably priced" as requested by the poster.

      I like the fresh pasta from Pasta & Co. that you cook at home. Having never been to Italy I'm not sure if it's authentic, but it is good and affordable and way easier than making your own raviolis.

      1. I too was less than impressed with Cafe Lago. I went with a friend (and former food critic) last week, as neither of us had ever gone. The pastas were about $15 each for rather unremarkable dishes. I had gnocchi with a too-sour tomato-vodka sauce. Their entire pasta menu was: the gnocchi, a lasagne, spaghetti with meatballs, and I believe one other dish I can't remember. Nothing that sounded (or, based on what we had, tasted) remarkable. It was decent, sure, but a little disappointing.

        For uncooked fresh pasta, I've always liked Pasta & Co. as well. Also, DeLaurenti has fresh pasta - and they run the sheet through the cutting machine right when you buy it. Who knows if that makes it taste fresher but I enjoyed it anyway.

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        1. re: seattledebs

          Try their lasagna before you write them off--it's transcendant. Pizzas are quite good, too.

          1. re: not the bad Steve

            I did try their lasagne, actually. My friend got it. I thought it was pretty yummy, but left my life unchanged. Not worth the price.

            But I can see how someone else might really like it. Nice light taste.

        2. Cafe Lago is a rip off. Stay away. Small portions and overpriced food that caters to the upscale residents of the neighborhood. I wouldn't consider it authentic either. I agree the lasagne is good, but not worth the price.

          1. I really like La Medusa. Although not aggressively inexpensive like the restaurants in Italy (che malo!), I think they faithfully try to emulate the cuisine of southern Italy, their fresh pastas are very good, and they're nice people to boot. Prices are reasonable, and I prefer it to Lago.