Anchovies & Olives serves excellent, seafood-focused Italian food in a dining room that makes you feel like a more put-together human being than you actually are. This restaurant is from the same guy (Ethan Stowell) behind our favorite pizza in Seattle, and his pasta is almost - though not quite - as good.
Sharing is the move here: most of the snacks come in multiples of two, and the pastas and main plates are easily enjoyed with a few forks. If they have any variation of crab pasta, you’ll want to get it, and the rigatoni bolognese is another standout (though it’s missing some crucial grated parm on top). Pair your meal with some excellent Northwest wine, and prepare for a not-insignificant bill. It’s worth it.