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semi-swanky Italian Saturday lunch in Seattle

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Like everyone else here, it's all about the food. However, I need this meal to interview someone for a long term job two Saturdays from now. So in addition to great cooking, I need a quiet table with unobtrusive service in an elegant spot where one can linger without pressure. To complicate matters, I feel like Italian (at the moment!), the lunch is on a Saturday and the hotels are near Pioneer Square. Any suggestions? Some friends have suggested Il Fornaio and Roy's. Never been to either of these.

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  1. Unfortunately, Pioneer Square's good Italian restaurants (Il Terrazzo Carmine & Al Boccalino) are dinner only on Saturdays. If you don't mind a walk up to 5th Avenue, I would suggest Tulio in the Vintage Park Hotel. 5th & Spring.

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    1. re: lara

      if you get a booth at Tulio you should be fine as far as privacy goes. IL Fornaio and 94 Stewart are more casual imo. You might also check with Barolo whether they do lunch on Saturdays (I know they do lunch weekdays), they are probably more elegant than any of the others.

    2. Tulio has excellent food but the tables can be a little crowded and close to each other for quiet, focused conversation. With your criteria of food, service and privacy, I suggest 94 Stewart Street. It's not Italian, but offers a Pacific Northwest/European dining experience where you can linger as well.

      1. il campagne is by far the nicest option right outside pike street market. tres cher, but good for wowing the right candidate.

        1. Il Fornaio is a chain in a mall-on Saturday afternoon it will be packed with suburban families who are shopping downtown. That doesn't sound like the atmosphere you're looking for.

          1. There's something about tres cher that always catches my attention. Tres cher and expense accounts go together like... pizza and wine. So I checked out Il Campagne. Unfortunately, it's not open for lunch, and Cafe Campagne, its companion eatery looks like it might be croweded and noisy. So far, I've made reservations at 94 Stewart pending further opinions.