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Casual standard fare Italian in Seattle or Eastside

White Castle Aug 8, 2008 12:16 PM

Any recommendations for casual Seattle or Eastside Italian places that serve standard Italian fare at reasonable prices. I don’t need squash ravioli, lobster risotto or wild boar ragu here. Rather, a place that serves decent spaghetti bolognese, fettuccini alfredo, canneloni, manicotti, gnocchi, has a decent antipasto on the menu and also includes some the other standards like veal/chicken parmesan or veal marsala that are all made with some love from Mama (or at least tastes that way). None of these items should exceed $18.00. If the place also makes pizza I would consider it a bonus. Atmosphere is not important – red checkered table cloths would be welcomed.

If the Old Spaghetti Factory is coming to mind I thank you for your consideration but kindly request that you refrain from responding altogether as you are seriously underestimating the “love from Mama” aspect I’m looking for.

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    mrnelso RE: White Castle Aug 8, 2008 12:27 PM

    Pontevecchio Italian Bistro, in Fremont has fans
    710 N 34th St
    (206) 633-3989

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      mrnelso RE: White Castle Aug 8, 2008 12:30 PM

      Pontevecchio Italian Bistro, in Fremoint, has fans
      710 N 34th St
      (206) 633-3989

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        laurahutch RE: White Castle Aug 8, 2008 12:57 PM

        Perche No near Kidd Valley at Green Lake is good. Chef is Chinese but he does all the standards as well as some more creative stuff. Don't think they have pizza on the menu but consider checking it out. Pasta Bella I sort of half recommend. When I just want a heaping bowl of high-calorie comfort, it works for me. But it's pretty uninspired and can be downright mediocre.

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          Chrome_CW RE: White Castle Aug 8, 2008 01:55 PM

          Tropea Ristorante Italiano in Redmond should fit what you are looking for to a T - Check out their menu on their website @ http://www.ristorantetropea.com/ . You should find the standards you listed and more as well as reasonable pricing. And their food is delicious....some of the best Italian I've ever had in the area.

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            White Castle RE: White Castle Aug 8, 2008 02:16 PM

            Thanks Chrome CW! After looking at the menu from Tropea it appears you have read my mind. I will definitely give this a shot.

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              akq RE: White Castle Aug 8, 2008 03:53 PM

              I like Machiavelli on Cap Hill and Rialto in Fremont (best alfredo, IMO).

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                DriverPhil RE: akq Aug 24, 2008 03:09 PM

                Rialto is very enjoyable. http://www.rialtopastabar.com/

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                  jamesbra RE: DriverPhil Nov 9, 2008 01:31 PM

                  I agree - Rialto was very tasty and very affordable. Great stuff...

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                bighound RE: White Castle Aug 10, 2008 04:02 PM

                i highly recommend Firenze on the north edge of Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. always excellent quality and service. my wife says the chicken marsala is the best she's ever had. we still consider it an undiscovered gem-though more seem to be discovering it all the time. you can thank me later.

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                  Lisa329 RE: White Castle Nov 10, 2008 03:43 PM

                  Mamma Melina's in University District (www.mammamelina.com)

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