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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 http://www.ristoranteparadiso.com/ It is located on Park Lane in downtown Kirkland.

      1. Another good place which would be cheaper is http://www.cafeveloce.com/
        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.