The Best Italian Food in Seattle

The Emerald City plays host to a number of tantalizing restaurants–so many that it’s hard to nail down a specific favorite. If you’re craving Italian food, you’re in luck–the cuisine provides the perfect match for Seattle’s seafood and locavore scene. Below are links to a few of the best Italian joints in the city, complete with links to their respective websites.
Spinasse
This rustic eatery recently garnered national attention with its signature dish. The Tajarin al Ragu, a savory concoction of hand-cut pasta and rich sauce made with beef and pork, was listed one of the 5 Best Italian Dishes in the Nation by the Food Network. Indulge in the classic tiramisu for dessert, and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped right into the splendor of the Piedmont region, where chef Stuart Lane received his training.
Barolo Ristorante
If you’re looking to go upscale, you can’t go wrong at Barolo. The menu makes excellent use of local product whenever possible, featuring local meat and seafood, house-made pastas, and fresh produce. Note that they’re open for lunch Monday through Friday, giving you an opportunity to sample the fantastic offerings without breaking the bank.
Ristorante Machiavelli
Romance is always on the menu here–along with just about every Italian favorite you can name, including some of the best pizza in Seattle. The beer and wine list is very reasonably priced for city dining, and even picky eaters are certain to find something that appeals to them. Machiavelli doesn’t accept reservations, so go early if you hope to get a table without a wait.
Il Terrazzo Carmine
If your party includes both vegetarians and die-hard meat lovers, there’s something for everyone at Il Terrazzo Carmine. The menu features everything from gnocchi with fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato sauce; to ravioli with venison and mushroom veal sauce. Closed Sundays.
Pasta Bella
At Pasta Bella, comfort is the word of the day. There are no frills and no pretense, just stick-to-your-ribs goodness in a casual setting. Relax in a booth and enjoy a bowl of hearty minestrone, followed by chicken Picatta or beef-and-sausage lasagna. For the gluten-intolerant, there are plenty of options available–including gluten-free pasta. Closed Mondays.