Italian Restaurants in Seattle

$11 for $20 Worth of Italian Food at Amante Pizza and Pasta

Amante Pizza and Pasta

Green Lake

$20 $11

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Italian staples include house-made pizzas topped with more than 50 ingredients, sauce-slathered pastas, and low-carb chicken options

Italian Cuisine at Branzino (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Branzino

Belltown

$40 $20

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Local produce, seafood, and meats transform into Italian dishes including oven-roasted branzino, wood-fired pizzas, and winter risotto

Italian Cuisine at Mondello Italian Restaurant (Up to 38% Off). Two Options Available.

Mondello Italian Restaurant

Southeast Magnolia

$50 $31

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Sicilian dishes of fresh seafood, pesto, and gnocchi served amid decor reminiscent of a seaside village

$60 for a Three-Course Chef's Tasting Menu for Two at That's Amore Italian Cafe ($60 Value)

That's Amore Italian Cafe

Seattle

$60 $60

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Appetizers such as pear salad, artisanal cheeses and salume preface entrees of wild boar ragu and handmade Tortellone, followed by dessert

Three-Course Prix-fixe Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Al Boccalino (Up to 57% Off)

Al Boccalino

Seattle

$104 $49

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Carafes of wine pair nicely with a three-course meal that includes an appetizer, entrees such as filet mignon with gorgonzola, and dessert

Custom Italian Cuisine at Pasta Freska (Up to 67% Off). Two Options Available.

Pasta Freska

Westlake

$30 $10

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The chef plates up a series of improvised Italian courses based on each diner's preferences, tastes, and dietary constraints

$30 for $60 Worth of Sicilian and Italian Cuisine for Two or More at La Fontana Siciliana

La Fontana Siciliana

Belltown

$60 $30

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The scents of Sicilian pastas and veal fill the dining rooms at this eatery, which boasts an outdoor patio with a fountain

One Large Specialty or Three-Topping Pizza with an Optional Two-Liter Soda at Romio's Pizza (Up to 38% Off)

Romio's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$22.95 $16

Choose up to three toppings for your large pizza, or order a specialty pie, such as the feta-covered Plato's Special

$45 for One Gift Card for Family-Style Italian Dining at Buca di Beppo ($50 Value)

Buca di Beppo

Multiple Locations

$50 $45

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Family-style servings of baked ziti, veal parmigiana, and other Italian-American staples served in festive restaurant setting

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Cafe Parco: A User’s Guide

Upscale Italian Cuisine | Brunch | Extensive Wine List | BYOB | Outdoor Dining

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: parco caprese
  • Salad: wild baby arugula with anchovies, parmesan, and pesto
  • Pasta entree: linguine in truffle cream
  • Seafood entree: wild cod with rosemary-dijon potatoes and roasted tomatoes
  • Dessert: candied lemon tart

Where to Sit: In addition to the dining room, there are two outdoor seating areas. If you're a people watcher, ask if there's a table available on the front sidewalk. If you're looking for more privacy (and shade), request to sit in the courtyard under the tree.

Inside Tips

  • Watch your watch. Brunchers get one hour at the table, and dinner diners get two.
  • Cafe Parco has a lengthy wine list, but you're welcome to bring a special bottle from home for a $20 corkage fee.
  • Though there’s no kids’ menu, children are welcome as long as they're well-behaved.
  • If you're not very hungry, or just want to sample a bit of everything, try ordering a few small plates. The chef recommends ordering all the small plates at once, so there's no delay in serving them.

About Chef Celinda Norton

  • Owned eight restaurants over the past 30 years
  • WSU Master Gardener
  • Used to farm cows, chickens, turkey, ducks, pigs, and sheep
  • Has a "super palate"—meaning she was born with extra taste buds
  • Her passion is creating perfect wine and food pairings
  • She's the only person preparing food. If she's not in, Cafe Parco isn't open.

Vocab Lesson
Affogato: a sweet drink made by topping gelato or ice cream with a shot of hot espresso. The Italian name translates to “drowned,” referring to the slowly melting ice cream.
Gnocchi: Italian dumplings made of potato, flour, or semolina. They’re often accompanied by sauce, meat, and/or vegetables.

1807 42nd Ave E
Seattle,
WA
US

Barolo Ristorante: A User's Guide

Housemade Pastas | 30 Italian Grappas | 300-Label Wine List | Family-Owned | NYT-approved

Sample Menu

  • Antipasti: baked escargot with butter and barolo sauce
  • Pasta dish: housemade gnocchi
  • Meat dish: 20-ounce rack of lamb, candied cherries, and wine sauce
  • Dessert: chocolate tortino with vanilla sauce

Who's in Charge: the Varchetta family: brothers Leo, Salvio, and Roberto, plus their parents, Melina and Pasquale. They set the vibe, adhering to an "Our house is your house" mantra.

Who's in the Kitchen executive chef Maurizio Milazzo, whose classic Italian training began—where else—in Italy. Chef Milazzo moved to Seattle in 2006 after cooking for several years on luxurious crew ships.

Accolades

  • The New York Times said the pastas "would do a Roman mother proud"
  • Seattleite calls Barolo “Westlake’s cure for the happy hour blues,” lauding the eggplant parmesan, calamari, and wine that are discounted during a daily happy hour (3 p.m–6:30 p.m.; 10 p.m.–close)

Vocab Lesson
Escargot: cooked land snail; a traditional appetizer in France.
Grappa: a grape-based brandy that originated in Italy and is made from the fermented remains of the winemaking process.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: The Varchetta family owns and operates several other Italian restaurants around the city, including University District's Mamma Melina.

1940 Westlake Ave
Seattle,
WA
US

La Medusa: A User’s Guide

Sicilian and Mediterranean | Artisanal Italian Imports | Local Produce | Seasonal Menu | Weekly Farmer’s Market Dinner

A Taste

  • Roasted cauliflower gratin with spicy butter, raisins, pine nuts, and bread crumbs
  • Pan-roasted black cod with roasted asparagus and spring onions in duck broth
  • Grilled Lido Farm lamb chops with cumin-spiced chickpeas and charred rapini

Where to Sit Grab a spot beneath the sunny skylight, or pull up a chair near the glass front. Either way, you’ll be eating at a glossy green table in a dining room that’s reminiscent of a Sicilian kitchen.

When to Go: farmers-market dinners on Wednesdays, when chefs come up with unique dishes using fresh, right-off-the-stem produce from Columbia City market

While You’re Waiting

  • Check out the folk art from Washington-based artists.
  • Read through the frequently changing chalkboard menu.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Expand your horizons by exploring the diverse media at Columbia City Gallery (4864 Rainier Ave S).

After: Catch a concert at Columbia City Theater (4916 Rainier Ave S), the oldest vaudeville theater in the state.

4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle,
WA
US

Tavolàta: A User’s Guide

Housemade Pasta | Fresh Italian Cuisine | More Than 100 Italian Wines | Award-Winning Chef Ethan Stowell

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: bruschetta with smoked fish, aioli, and pickled onion
  • Entrée: potato gnocchi with pork cheek, fava beans, and oregano
  • Side: heirloom carrots with yogurt and almonds

Housemade Pastas: Tavolàta’s cooks make all of their pastas in house. For more complex pasta shapes, they use an extruder located in the basement.

Monthly Communal Dinners: Once a month on a Sunday, the restaurant hosts a four-course prix fixe meal at a communal table. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, though—the restaurant’s name means “to gather around a table.”

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Celebrated local chef Ethan Stowell owns an entire fleet of eateries, including small-plate Italian spot How to Cook a Wolf (2208 Queen Anne Avenue N) and salumeria Bar Cotto (1546 15th Avenue).

2323 2nd Ave
Seattle,
WA
US

Italian-born Mauro Golmarvi is a self-taught cook. According to Assaggio Ristorante’s website, when guests ask Mauro how he learned the craft, he'll answer: “My stove and my oven are my masters: they teach me everything; they are like my gods … They allow me to express the passion of cooking.”

At Assaggio, Mauro shares that passion with guests, placing an emphasis on simplicity and cooking with the freshest ingredients possible. He stuffs ground chicken and pork inside fried green olives; saturates ricotta gnocchi with brown butter and sage; and whips up a marsala cream sauce to pour over pork chops. The food is served in a resplendent atmosphere, bolstered by elaborate chandeliers and an arched window that offers diners a glimpse of Mauro cooking in the kitchen. The entire dining experience has earned the restaurant a slew of awards, including Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.

2010 4th Ave
Seattle,
WA
US

Perché No Pasta and Vino is set inside of a Tuscan villa inspired, melon-hued building. Perché No means “Why not?” in Italian and the cultural pairing of Italian and occasional Southeast Asian dishes are a testament to the family-owned restaurant’s ties and culinary interests. Chef/owner David Kong mans the open kitchen, and his wife, Lily Kong, oversees the front of the house. Patrons can find a table on the main floor, or head upstairs to an intimate dining room overlooking the kitchen. Italian classics makeup most of the menu, and range from house-made pastas and risottos to house-cured meats, pizzas and lasagnas. There’s also an extensive wine list, and Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday and again on Saturday and Sunday. On most nights, live piano music enhances the atmosphere. Gluten-free diners will appreciate a plethora of choices, and a special kids’ menu means small people are always welcome.

1319 N 49th St
Seattle,
WA
US