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Jan 15, 2008 11:22 AM

Looking for best Italian in Seattle area?

Hi. Taking husband to Seattle for birthday next wednesday and he wants Italian. There are so many and I don't know the town that well. Any ideas?


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  1. La Spiga or Volterra.

    Just had a wonderful braised pork dish at La Spiga this weekend.
    I've only been to Volterra once, but loved everything I had.

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    1. re: GreenYoshi

      Skip La Spiga. Their old spot was amazing, best Italian food I had in Seattle. The new space I have tried three times (thinking I had off nights) and all three times the food just wasn't as good as it had been. The lasagna (used to be what I always ordered) was overcooked and burned, the bolognese was runny and lacked the depth of flavor it used to have, and the proscuitto board appetizer tasted like it had been sitting out sliced for a few days.

      Go to Volterra, it's worth the time to head a bit north of the downtown core. Make reservations if it's a weekend evening if you can.

      1. re: nseattlefoodie

        I'll grant that the pastas aren't as great as they used to be.
        (although the winter squash gnocchi my brother had was great)

        But they still churn out some of the best home-y Italian entrees around.

        1. re: GreenYoshi

          I think Il Terrazzo Carmine, The Pink Door, Volterra and Bizarro all beat the new La Spiga hands down.

          1. re: GreenYoshi

            I'm so sad that La Spiga hasn't gotten it together in the past year, and that they don't seem to care (there's been so much criticism, but I guess why should they, if they are packed all the time?). It was such a gem--real regional Italian, the stuff that is so hard to find almost anywhere in the US.

      2. Il Terrazzo Carmine. The venison ravioli... *drool*

        Excellent sweetbreads, too.

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        1. re: terrier

          Il Terrazo Carmine, hand's down.

        2. I'd skip Volterra. Not good when we went (my wife's prawns were RAW!). I honestly don't k now what the fuss is about. I'd choose l Terrazzo Carmine for something more formal and dressy or The Pink Door for something more casual and fun.

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          1. re: Jeffo405

            Agreed on skipping Volterra, I really like Barolo downtown if you want more of "high-end" Italian.

            1. re: chillum_99

              I would vote for Barolo as well. Their pasta dishes are always excellent. Haven't been impressed with Italian overall in Seattle so far. I've read about an Italian restaurant in Tacoma that is supposed to be very good, anyone know anything about this place?

              1. re: landguy

                if you go to Barolo, try to reserve one of the banquettes by the window (in the dining room, not the bar/lounge), the other dining room tables have hard chairs that are less comfortable imo. Maybe start off with some burrata and carpaccio if they have them, and a glass of Averna or Nonino Amaro (not Nonino grappa), chilled, up.

                1. re: landguy

                  Tacoma Italian restaurant: Europa Bistro located in Tacoma's Proctor District.

            2. I had a great meal at Volterra recently and was impressed by everything we ate.

              1. Has anyone tried Nana Carmellas in Monroe? I am hearing good things about it.

                oh and thanks for the help...

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                1. re: leavenworthgal

                  Nana Carmellas in Monroe is literally the best Italian food I have ever had. Not only is the food good, but the atmosphere is so much fun! Plan on spending the whole evening there as it is an event. Oh and make reservations - it fills up quickly. The portions are huge and the wine is flowing. We have lived in several major cities and this is truly the best!