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Jan 9, 2007 07:01 PM

Seattle newcomers?

I'm looking for someplace special to take my sweetie on his birthday. Both of us want to go somewhere we haven't tried. Anyone have any new local faves? We'd prefer a restaurant that's fairly intimate to a large establishment. All cuisines considered, but I have a feeling he's hankering for Italian.

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  1. Have you been to Barolo? Spaghetti with crab, osso buco are both good.

    1. I was just looking at their website but couldn't get a feel for the restaurant, although the menu looks lovely. Tell me more.

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      1. re: ssusu

        swanky, romantic, sophisticated (as opposed to rustic or "charming" or minimalist/trendy), reserve one of the soft L-shaped banquettes if possible (with tall candle). Has sort of a Canlis-feel to it...

        1. re: ssusu

          Barolo was reviewed recently in either the Times or PI if you want more info.

          I'd suggest Osteria La Spiga-it's a new menu and new location. BUT, it isn't tiny anymore, and has big lofty ceilings, so that might not fit your definition of intimate.

          1. re: christy319

            It's definitely changed a lot since it moved; I haven't been to the new location yet, mainly because it's in my neighborhood so I figure there's no hurry. How do you like the new menu compared to the old one?

            1. re: ssusu

              Still love it, though I think I encountered some new-restaurant type gliches when I went. I wrote a review in the La Spiga thread-it should just be a few days down.

          2. re: ssusu

            Barolo - I thought it was OK, and would give it another try to see if they get the kinks worked out. We had the same problems the PI reviewer had - oversalted entrees. Both a sea bass entree and lobster risotto were too salty. Not to the point of inedible for us, but then I like things salty to begin with.

            The service was great as was the ambiance - I agree with barleywino that the space is swank and sophisticated (as was the crowd there that night, if that adds or detracts from your experience...)

          3. I'd suggest Asteroid. Granted, I haven't been in the new space yet (the old one was a tiny little house with a large "asteroid" on top in Wallingford). Italian food, very local, very Seattle. I really liked the owner; dymanic and socially-conscious guy. Every meal I've had there has felt special. Went there last Valentine's Day and it was just the right choice.


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            1. re: seattledebs

              I took my loving wife there for her birthday (our first time despite years of intention) and we enjoyed it altogether. Atmosphere was dark and mellow, even in a space far larger than the Wallingford place. Echo the observation that "every meal felt special," as ours surely did. Every single bite showed attention and perfected intention. The service was informed, unobtrusive, but attentive every moment. Craft, indeed. A treasure.

            2. The first place that popped to my mind is La Rustica in West Seattle, it's very intimate and every meal I've had here has been wonderful.


              1. One of my favorite intimate restaurants is Cafe Campagne in the market. It's french, but really makes a great date spot.