Originally invented by an ancient Italian tribe of nomadic warriors, wood-fired pizzas doubled as both rations and shields. Defend your stomach from hunger's hordes with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $45 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Cafe Lago in Montlake. Cafe Lago's daily-fresh dough, handmade noodles, and apple-wood-fired pizza earned it a spot on Seattle magazine’s Best Restaurants '10 list. This Groupon is for dine-in only, and it must be redeemed in one visit.
After stepping inside Cafe Lago's airy atmosphere—where floor tiles are bicolored and tiny alien spacecraft masquerade as hanging lights—start your feast in proper Italian fashion with a lovelorn aria and an antipasto plate such as the olivata, a black-olive puree/goat cheese combination served on grilled bruschetta ($6.95), or grilled eggplant with a gorgonzola doorstop ($6.95). Risk-takers and physics majors can follow this with a pasta dish such as gnocchi ($19.95)—potato dumplings in a tomato, vodka, and cream sauce—just to see what happens to the space-time continuum when pasta comes in contact with an antipasto. The majority of people, though, will want to try Cafe Lago's celebrated pizzas, all of which are cooked to perfection over burning pieces of apple wood. Meat-eaters might like the romana pizza ($18.95)—which features sausage, smoked mozzarella, and sliced sweet onions—while herbivores and herbivoyeurs can opt for the caprino pizza ($18.50), served with goat cheese, caramelized onions, marinara, garlic, and mozzarella. Wash everything down as easily as a greased rubber duck with a glass of wine from the restaurant's cellar.
After the main meal, a lemon tart with honey-whipped cream ($7.95) and chocolate-truffle cake ($7.95) make hearty desserts, especially when washed down with a 2007 Maculan Dindarello ($6.95)'s hints of baked pears, honey, and vanilla. Pizzas, much like kisses and evil plans for world domination, are best when shared, so treat some amici to a little circular cuisine at Cafe Lago with today's Groupon.
Cafe Lago has received glowing press both local and national, including features in Bon Appétit, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Seattle Times, and MSNBC.com. Seattle magazine rates Cafe Lago's pizza as one of 2010's best in Seattle. Zagat gives the food a 23 rating. More than 60 Yelpers give Cafe Lago a 3.5-star average, as do Citysearchers. TripAdvisors give an average of 3.5 owl-eyes and 81% of more than 200 Urbanspooners recommend it:
- Nearly two decades and two expansions later, Café Lago still sets the mark with its handmade pastas, pillow-light potato gnocchi, and thin, blistery-crusted pizzas. I'm hard-pressed to pass through Montlake without peering longingly through the front window, watching the fire in the pizza oven sway and flare. It's almost impossible to know what to order. ─ Molly Wizenberg, Bon Appétit
- fabulous pasta. the gnocchi is "to die for." personal pizzas are delicioso. ─ BrianV0268, Zagat
- There is a pitiable dearth of Italian food in this town, so it's a delight to occasion upon a place like Cafe Lago that does it right. ─ Jeannette C., Yelp
- If Food Network came to Seattle for a lasagna smackdown with Bobby Flay, Cafe Lago would win hands down. ─ likewaterforchoclate, Urbanspoon
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