Lorenzo Scordamaglia was raised in Tropea, an Italian coastal town known for its fresh, quality produce and seafood. After traveling the world for nine years as a cruise-line waiter, Lorenzo landed in Seattle, where he worked at a number of Italian restaurants. He opened Tropea Ristorante Italiano in 1996, as an homage to his seaside town—from the restaurant's fresh seafood and hearty comfort food, to a mural on the wall that offers a glimpse of the coastal town itself. The restaurant offers sautéed prawns served in a choice of four different sauces, including a white wine and tomato sauce, or butter and hot peppers. But the pastas steal the limelight on the menu; 27 varieties are available, peppered with prosciutto, eggplant, italian sausage, or a host of other authentic ingredients.
With dozens of classic Italian dishes to choose from, it's clear Pegasus Pizza & Pasta is family friendly. Along with its signature pizzas and pastas, Pegasus serves hot oven grinders, calzones, and low-carb options, such as the chef's saut?ed chicken. Kids can order off their own menu or, if they have the appetite of a two-toed sloth aiming to become a three-toed sloth, they can order off the adult menu. While dining in, patrons can participate in trivia on Mondays, take in live music performances on Wednesdays and Fridays, and croon karaoke on Thursdays and Saturdays.
A lion's head stands guard over the brick oven at Pizzeria Guido & Wine Bar, bearing its fearsome jaws at any who would try to pilfer the restaurant's family recipes. Thankfully, the only way most diners attempt to gain insight into the establishment's Tuscan traditions is through the food. Slivers of buffalo mozzarella, basil, and fresh tomatoes accent antipasti plates in the colors of the Italian flag, and the wood-fired oven spills forth the aromas of prosciutto, capers, and fontina cheese topping pizzas and filling calzones. Glasses of Italian wine click together in the halos of steam rising from pastas. Waiters move through the spacious dining room, and their white dress shirts and smart red ties complement the wall's gentle orange and yellow tones, which call to mind the warming glow of a sunset or a haunted ventriloquist dummy finally burning.
At Frankie's Pizza, Italian–style gourmet pies begin with house-made dough prepared daily, topped with fresh cheese and a colorful array of veggies and meats. Cooks sprinkle on cilantro and pile on unique ingredients including pepperoncini and mild italian link sausage, accented with sauces in flavors such as zesty pesto ranch. Frankie's Pizza caters to patrons' individual dietary needs with gluten-free crusts, and provides optional sunbeams for customers who photosynthesize.
Tutta Bella owner Joe Fugere isn’t just a passionate pizza-maker, he’s a certified one. In 2004, Joe travelled to Naples to complete his training as a pizzaiolo under the guidance of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana or VPN, an association that sets strict standards for the production of true Neapolitan pizza. Joe follows those strict standards to the letter, shaping each batch of dough by hand, sprinkling it with fresh, whole milk mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes, and cooking it to soft, chewy perfection in a wood-fired oven. The finished pizza emerges hot, gooey, and fragrant, and covered in a range of VPN-approved toppings such as italian sausage and mushrooms or marinated eggplant and goat cheese. And, for a really authentic pizza experience, Tutta Bella recommends eating it "a libretto", or folded in half like a book, and smothered in grana padano cheese, like a really good book.
The chefs at Trattoria Amante use only the freshest ingredients to create gourmet pizzas, pastas, and subs. The eatery is all-around family-friendly, as it's a family business, uses family recipes, and is an ideal spot for a family night out. The northwest Italian and Mediterranean dishes on the menu include a large selection of specialty pizzas, such as the Spartacus, with a garlic olive oil base and a pile of Greek-inspired toppings such as gyro meat, feta, and tzatziki sauce.