Café Juanita in Kirkland strikes a balance of classy and friendly, offering northern Italy-inspired cuisine with options for all diets. The A5 Miyazaki Wagyu Croccante, combining wagyu with shallots and lime, is a highlight. Don’t miss the Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, a perfect dessert to complete your dining experience.
Ristorante Machiavelli in Capitol Hill blends romance and affordability, offering a cozy, intimate dining experience. The Eggplant Parmesan, rich in cheese and robust tomato sauce, is recommended for first-timers. Their Penne with Roasted Pepper Pesto is another highlight, embodying classic Italian comfort food.
What to order: Eggplant Parmesan, Penne with Roasted Pepper Pesto
Vendemmia in Seattle presents finely crafted Italian dishes in a quaint, intimate setting. Start with the Beef Tartare with grilled baguette.
For a heartier option, the signature Rigatoni with rabbit confit, oyster mushroom, and parmesan is a must-try. The Moulard Duck Breast, paired with kohlrabi and cauliflower mushroom, is superb, and the Tiramisu Cocoa is a perfect dessert finale.
What to order: Beef Tartare, Rigatoni, Moulard Duck Breast, Tiramisu Cocoa
Serafina, a taste of Italy in Seattle’s Eastlake area, is known for its romantic ambiance. The Polpettine, featuring beef and pork meatballs with green olive-tomato sauce, is highly recommended. Another top choice is the Rigatoni Bolognese, a delightful blend of al dente pasta and rich sauce.
Il Terrazzo Carmine in Seattle offers a sophisticated setting for Italian cuisine. Notable dishes include the Pennette Con Salmone with vodka cream sauce and the classic Rigatoni Bolognese. End your meal with their standout Key Lime Pie Dessert, offering a dense, cheesecake-like texture.
What to order: Pennette Con Salmone, Rigatoni Bolognese, Key Lime Pie Dessert
When it comes to Italian cuisine in Seattle, Cantinetta should be on everyone’s list. Located in a cozy spot right in the middle of the neighborhood, away from the busy main street, this feels like a hidden gem.
During the day, the big windows bring in lots of sunlight, giving the place a warm and open feel. At night, when the lights dim, it turns into a romantic spot perfect for a date night.
The Burrata with tomatoes and grilled peaches is a perfect start. Their Pappardelle Alla Bolognese stands out with an exceptional Bolognese sauce that elevates the dish.
What to order: Burrata, Pappardelle Alla Bolognese
Address: 3650 Wallingford Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Bar del Corso in Beacon Hill excels in Italian cuisine, especially its Funghi Pizza and Fried Risotto Balls. The pizza, loaded with crimini mushrooms and housemade sausage, is exceptional. Their Polpettine, crispy meatballs in tomato sauce, and the Grilled Octopus are also crowd favorites.
What to order: Fungi Pizza, Polpettine, Grilled Octopus
Prepare yourself for a staggering once-in-a-lifetime Italian fine dining experience once you decide to sit at the corner of Altura.
This restaurant looks very unassuming on the outside; you would never guess the gorgeous and first-rate interior inside.
At Altura, they make a new Tasting Menu every day using local ingredients from farmers, foragers, their garden, and the sea. They tell you about each dish when they serve it, and you get a menu at the end of your meal for reflection.
The journey starts with stuzzichini appetizers and progresses through various dishes, accompanied by a selection of wines like Le Piane ‘Bianko and Fenocchio.
What to order: Tasting Menu, Le Piane ‘Bianko, Fenocchio
All Noms Magazine’s “best” lists are created using multiple factors and signals to help readers find the best restaurants, things to do, and places to stay at. Some of these factors and signs include personal experiences, correspondence with locals, and compiling experiences from review sites.
Each list is also created to be balanced (in terms of price, cuisine type, ambiance, and more) as possible. This means that the lists are not specifically created in ranking order. You should be comfortable picking from any of the spots on the list and generally have a good time. But of course, YMMV (your mileage may vary) and everyone may have different experiences/palates.