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Mar 27, 2007 05:51 PM

Good Italian restaurant in Seattle area

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, authentic home-style Italian restaurant in the Seattle area or in Kitsap County?

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  1. What do you mean by "authentic home-style"? Are you looking for authentic regional Italian (the kind you would actually find in Italy), or Italian-American (the kind maybe found in your Grandma's kitchen)?

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    1. re: christy319

      Not necessarily authentic regional Italian.... more so Italian-American like I could find in NY or So Philly and in Mom's kitchen. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    2. For some reason, your question brings Mama Melina's to mind.

      1. Check out La Fontana Siciliana in Belltown. It kind of reminds me of southern Italian restaurants you'd find in the northeast.

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        1. re: Bethwick

          Thank you for the recommendation!

          1. re: Bethwick

            Eh, I found the food here to be quite mediocre. I mean, it was fine... but nothing was particularly tasty or memorable or even what I'd qualify as "really good.". I probably would only go back if someone I was with specifically had their heart set on it. Run a search, not much has been said here on Chowhound about it, but there is a little bit, and IIRC, the other posts say about the same.

          2. A nice little neighborhood place is Filiberto's in Burien (14401 Des Moines Memorial Drive), just north of the airport. Nothing fancy here, just good, classic Italian-American dishes. The gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce with a hint of nutmeg is to die for! They have a wood-fired oven that turns out pretty good pizzas, too. Down sides: the service can be slow, and depending on who's working, less than competent (it's a family-run place, and there are one or two family members who should be nudged out of the nest to find a different line of work!) But the food has kept us going back!

            1. Machiavelli's anyone? I haven't been. Yet.

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              1. re: sophie.

                The food is fairly average, but it's still one of my favorite Italian places in Seattle. It's a small restaurant that feels really cozy and very laid back/casual. Prices are very reasonable as well. Go early or late as there is almost always a wait to get in.