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Sep 23, 2007 04:38 PM

Italian spaghetti on Eastside?

My husband likes Italian food...of course...he's French from New Hampshire....go figure. I've had great Italian in NYC, and I suppose that he's used to that East Coast Yummy Italian food, but I am having a tough time finding a regular Italian dive restaurant with decent food. I like the hoitie toitie Italian restaurants near the sports arenas in the city, but where can we go on the Eastside? Don't tell me to cook, I would burn the water before I could get the spaghetti noodles in the pan. Oh, and it can't be expensive...or I'll never get my husband to go.

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  1. There's a place next to 520 Bar & Grill in Old Bellevue.
    Never tried it, but it seems like it would be alot like the "hoitie toitie Italian restaurants" in Seattle...

    (try it and let us know...)

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    1. re: GreenYoshi

      I think this is Fontana's. I think it is good, and offers many Italian/American classics, but it is not "a regular dive" like what the OP envisions.

    2. I would try the It is located on Park Lane in downtown Kirkland.

      1. Another good place which would be cheaper is
        Since the twin brothers have taken it over the quality has improved a lot, plus they give us 10% off when we show up on the Ducati.

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        1. re: wwahl

          Was that a recent development? Because I have had HORRIBLE meals there (my dad loves this place)--spaghetti with olive oil and garlic made with rancid oil, salads with brown straight-from-the-Costco-bag lettuce, etc. They have "Italian nachos" on the menu which should give you an idea. But I haven't been for about 8 months so if ownership has changed and things improved since then, well, thank god.

          1. re: equinoise

            I second the recommendation for Paradiso in Kirkland - and Calabria in Kirkland also looks good, although I haven't eaten there yet.