Seattle's Best Italian Cuisine

Photo of Sarah Lantz
24 November 2016

Italian restaurants flourish in Seattle. From intimate, family-owned corner restaurants to larger, critically acclaimed restaurants, you’ll find plenty of places to slurp delicious pasta, crunch wood fired pizza, and savor regional Italian cuisine, here in the Pacific Northwest.

Tiramisu at Mamma Melina’s | © Luz Bratcher/Flickr

Mamma Melina Ristorante & Pizzeria

Serving tasty house made pastas and wood fire pizzas Neapolitan style, Mamma Melina’s is a favorite place to go for Italian in Seattle. Tucked away in the U-district of Seattle, Mamma Melina’s serves delicious plates like ‘Ravioli con porcini e formaggi’, which is homemade ravioli filled with porcini mushrooms and cheese and topped with blush sauce, arugula oil, parmesan cheese, and grape tomatoes. They also have a refreshing and fragrant cocktail menu of drinks, like the ‘X-Rated Tini’ with passion fruit, mango, and blood-orange vodka.
Mamma Melina Ristorante & Pizzeria, 5101 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA USA +1 206-632-2271

Bizzarro Italian Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Pasta at Ristorante Doria
Pasta at Ristorante Doria | © jdong/Flickr
A quirky Italian restaurant in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, Bizzarro Italian Café’s interior decoration includes all sorts of curiosities hanging from the ceiling, from bicycles to window panes, and of course a variety of swanky chandeliers. They serve a seasonal menu of mouthwatering dishes, like ‘Drunken Clams’ with local Manilla clams covered in spicy tomatoes with prosciutto, basil, shallots, and ouzo, and ‘Puttanesca’ with fresh, house-made linguini tossed in a spicy sauce of nicoise olives, capers, anchovies, garlic, and local Mama Lil’s goat horn peppers, all blended with marinara sauce.

Ristorante Doria

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
An intimate restaurant tucked beside The Seven Gables Theatre, Ristorante Doria serves a variety of wonderful Italian dishes and are sensitive to gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian diets. Their dishes include ‘Gnocchi ai Quattro Formaggi’ with creamy gorgonzola, fontina, asiago, and parmesan cheese sauce, and ‘Pollo al Limone,’ which is pan-seared chicken breast with white wine, fresh lemon juice, capers, and butter.


Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Spinasse | Photo Credit, Suzi Pratt for Spinasse

Serving traditional cuisine from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, Spinasse incorporates local artisans and small farmers from the Pacific Northwest for their restaurant, while following the authentic cooking practices of Piedmont. Their seasonal dinner menu includes the ‘Tajarin al Ragu o Burro e Salvia,’ a plate of hand cut egg pasta hand with ragu or butter and sage, and the ‘Coniglio di latte,’ a dish of milk braised rabbit with marjoram, chives and huckleberries.
Spinasse, 1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA USA

Salvatore Ristorante Italiano

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
A warm and friendly Italian restaurant, Salvatore Ristorante Italiano is an excellent Italian restaurant in Seattle for mouthwatering pasta served by candlelight on crisp white linen covered tables. Their menu includes all kinds of delicious pastas, from the ‘Spaghetti Alle Vongole’ with clams, garlic, spicy tomato sauce, and olive oil to the ‘Gnocchi Al Gorgonzola’ with cream, walnuts and gorgonzola.

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