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carolecottle Jun 25, 2013 03:47 PM

Am looking for a good Italian restaurant to take my two college aged daughters for dinner.

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    biankat Jun 28, 2013 10:56 AM

    La Spiga and Tavolata are great choices for a younger vibe that your daughters would enjoy. I'm also partial to Altura, How to Cook a Wolf, Cuoco, The Pink Door, and Cantinetta (there's one in Wallingford and one in old Bellevue). I loved the atmosphere of Spinasse, but the seasonal menu was not my favorite the time I went. Most everything was rabbit :( However AMAZING tajarin.

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      fuzzyboy Jul 6, 2013 10:44 AM

      I really enjoy Tavolata but have still not been to La Spiga.

    2. terrier Jun 28, 2013 09:45 AM

      I can't believe nobody's mentioned Spinasse, which is as great as it ever was. (Just went again last week.)

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        Booklegger451 Jun 27, 2013 08:21 PM

        15 minutes south of downtown in Columbia City, you could try my personal vote for best Italian in Seattle: La Medusa. They serve Sicilian Italian with incredible attention to detail, and terrific flavors. I had roasted rabbit legs there this week which is probably my meal of the year so far for 2013.


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          bourbongal Jun 29, 2013 06:01 PM

          Oh my gosh how could I have forgotten this one? Agree it is also outstanding!

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          christy319 Jun 26, 2013 12:59 PM

          I'd pick Osteria La Spiga. Great food, great space and in a fun, trendy neighborhood (but close to downtown if that's where you are staying). I also love Tavolata, and I think do a good job with both modern updates of the standards (their spaghetti and meatballs is killer) as well as more interesting stuff.

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            mrnelso Jun 25, 2013 10:16 PM

            Salvatore is a godfather gem and a huge value. At Pasta Freska, Chef/owner Mike checks in to ask preferences and let you know what's likely to be coming and food roams to your table as it will. Fun. Way informal and conversational, if loud. Back up in Wallingford is Bizarro, very crowdy and talky. Fremont has Brad's Swingside Cafe which might be downright sedate or it might have jazz or Orville.
            Art of the Table is not Italian most days, but a call ahead to Dustin could easily result in such a day and the attentively locavore food is beautiful and skillful in many cuisines. A common table of 10 and a few tables. Perche No? has good and interesting food, too, in another quiet setting.

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              bourbongal Jun 25, 2013 09:20 PM

              Agree with Gizmo that Il Terrrazzo Carmine is wonderful and traditional. If you are looking for a more moderate price and a neighborhood-type place, also consider Salvatore's in North Seattle on Roosevelt. It is outstanding value for the money. Also, many younger folks seem to really like Tavolata in Belltown. The food there is very good but way too much wheat for my taste..lots of pasta on the menu but not a lot of meat choices.

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                Gizmo56 Jun 25, 2013 09:59 PM

                ...and I agree with Bourbongal's excellent alternatives, based on criteria..

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                  kaleokahu Jun 27, 2013 09:53 PM

                  Add to the Belltown alternates: Branzino.

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                    kaleokahu Jun 29, 2013 09:08 AM

                    Hi, bourbongal:

                    On your and mrnelso's recs, Wahine and I dined at Salvatore last night (We had not been there for at least a decade).

                    Simply fabulous. Everything about this place (except the lack of A/C) impressed us. The already ample menu was supplemented by a *huge* number of special entrees and appetizers. The service was exemplary, and well beyond my experiences of late at Altura, Sitka, Bastile, etc. One reason was obvious--they have enough people in the front of the house. *Table* service in particular was outstanding, with a lot of attention to detail without being fussy or ostentatious.

                    We enjoyed an app of trumpet mushrooms, simply sauteed in butter and wine. For entrees, Wahine had the veal saltimbocca off the regular menu and I had the special taglionini with seared scallops. Over her protest, we closed with a shared tiramisu. With 4 drinks, $109 before tip.

                    My sense of this place is of a master's studio rather than a shiny journeyman's shop. No need for Arte Povera when there's a Titian at work.


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                      Jeri L Jun 29, 2013 06:13 PM

                      I need to get back there. It's been more like 15 years for me. My memory is of ordering zabaglione for dessert. I heard the sound of whisking from the kitchen, then the sound of a whisk being slammed down with an expletive...then in a bit, whisking again. Even the pros curdle something now and again!

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                        bourbongal Jun 30, 2013 05:49 PM

                        Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for posting. I was really interested in your view. Salvatore's is one of those places I have gone back to so often over many years that I worry a little about losing perspective on it.

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                          mrnelso Jul 1, 2013 01:04 AM


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                        Gizmo56 Jun 25, 2013 05:35 PM

                        Il Terrazzo Carmine


                        It is a 30 year old classic in Pioneer Square. The menu features lots of Italian standards (so it won't intimidate young and less adventurous diners), but everything is prepared with skill and quality ingredients. The service is attentive, and pleasantly old school.

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