Good Family Italian Puget Sound?
I just recently returned from the Bay area where I grew up and had the pleasure of eating at my Favorite Italian place " Banchero's" in San Leandro. I am looking for a simular Italian restaurant here.
As an example: I looked at the menu and ordered a rib steak. The meal starts out with salad and garlic bread then they bring the big bowl of minestrone soup then the loaded anti-pesto plate then they bring ravioli and spagetti the finally they bring you the steak that I oredered.
Is there any good place like this here in Washington? One that you don't have to ordered everything alacart just good old family italian where it takes a couple of hours to just sit visit and eat like in the old country.
It sounds like you might like Perche No in Wallingford. The owner is Chinese-American but trained in Italian restaurants in San Francisco and I think his food is the closest to that style of Italian in the area. One caveat - I understand they just reopened after a fire recently so a call to them about their status is advised.
Consider Salvatore, too. My first dish of Halibut this season was a simple and lovely preparation there a few weeks ago. Very nice, succulent, perfectly cooked.
Our service was old-school, attentive and not obnoxious, and entirely equipped and capable in guiding us through through the many specials and the wines. Salvatore must drill these guys like marines. We were impressed.
Their dress-code seemed oddly goodfellah. They seemed to enjoy the role greatly and were very good at it. Hey, maybe we need to go again soon.
Props, too, for Perche No.
Also for that lovely oddball, Bizarro, which is reliably pleasant and sometimes the food will surprise. I miss Linda Graszyk, from years ago, who was a genius.
My goodness, what do you have against pesto, the basil sauce commonly served on pasta in Italy? If antipasti is what you mean, most Italian restaurants in the Seattle area serve that. For family-style Italian restaurants, Filiberto's in Burien just might be what you are looking for.