Seattle's restaurant scene is varied and filled with restaurants that cash in on the area's amazing local produce, serve local wine and beer, and seafood. Seattle's best Italian restaurants are no different, serving up food that's usually made from scratch in house. Whether you dine in style at The Pink Door in Pike Place Market or local favorite Cafe Lago, you don't have to go all the way to Italy to enjoy some amazing Italian cuisine!
The open kitchen at Tulio where wonderful food is created daily is guaranteed to lift your mood. Tulio is well-known for its unique cuisine and excellent service. The menu includes Washington lamb sirloin, clam linguini and sweet-potato gnocchi - the last two of which are super popular! You can enjoy your meal upstairs or downstairs. And keep your eyes open as celebrities have even been known to dine here.
Location: 1100 5th Ave, Seattle (linked to Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle)
Café Juanita is named for the creek it sits beside, and is influenced by Northern Italian cuisine, which is a bit different than your usual red-sauce-and-cheese Italian food. Featuring smooth foie gras, sweetbreads in marsala sauce, perfectly seared yellowfin tuna, and bacon-wrapped roasted rabbit. The excellent wine list offers choices for a perfect pairing.
Location: 9702 NE 120th Pl, Kirkland
You know you’ve found the restaurant when you see the metal pink door in the Post Alley of Pike Place Market. Call ahead for reservations as this place gets booked, but it’s worth it. Enjoy a martini on the rooftop overlooking Elliott Bay, or have a cozy dinner indoors in an Italian atmosphere.
Location: Pike Place Market, 1919 Post Alley, Seattle
Named for the Italian way of life, Assaggio is a-buzz with welcoming chatter. You may just meet owner Mauro Golmarvi there - he's known to travel from table to table ensuring each diner's satisfaction. Flavors on the menu are inspired by the cuisine of Ancona, the small seaside town where Mauro grew up. The carefully composed menu of central and northern Italian cuisine has received praise since Assaggio first opened its doors. Choose from pasta, chicken, veal and seafood entrees.
Location: 2010 4th Avenue, Seattle
The lush, heated outdoor garden in the back of Serafina is the place to be. If you want a seat there, you absolutely must make a reservation. Otherwise, you can view the bustling traffic of Eastlake out front while you dine. Either way, you'll find the menu items heavenly. The menu is unique in that it focuses on regional cuisine so you'll find unique dishes from around Italy. Serafina's menu changes throughout the year to stay in season with Northwest ingredients, including grass-fed and organically raised meats.
Location: 2043 Eastlake Avenue E, Seattle
There is always a line for the cuisine at Cafe Lago, just proving its status as a long-time local favorite. Their homemade lasagna has diners coming back for more. And their wood-fired pizzas with crisp crusts and savory toppings are top notch. Pastas are house-made, too, so count on anything you order being fresh and delicious.
Location: 2305 24th Avenue E, Seattle
Nestled in historic Pioneer Square, Il Terrazzo Carmine has a romantic atmosphere. The aroma of authentic Italian dishes welcomes you in as you enter the restaurant. The menu includes a plethora of pastas and antipasti, along with roasted duck, rack of lamb, beef tenderloin and fresh fish. In warmer weather, choose to sit indoors or outside.
Location: 411 1st Avenue S, Seattle
Known as an upbeat city restaurant, Palomino is popular for its location and tasty fusion of Mediterranean and Northwest fare. Split an order of bruschetta, pizza or pasta, the chicken marsala or asiago-almond crusted scallops. Gluten-free pasta and pizza are also available.
Location: 1420 5th Avenue, Seattle and 610 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue