Cinque Terre’s bar has blue neon lights under it, the tables have white tablecloths, and there are casually-placed magnums of Veuve Clicquot champagne as decoration. Despite how corporate it feels inside, the Neapolitan pizzas here are truly excellent (we like the margherita the best), complete with a blistered, crispy crust and the perfect ratio of San Marzano to mozzarella. Most of the entrees are over $30 and aren't super memorable, so go for a couple of pizzas or pastas like casarecce with pesto and ricotta or rigatoni with boar sugo.
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For a quick lunch in South Lake Union, try Mamnoon Street. It’s a counter-service version of the original with a similar Middle Eastern menu.
Thomas Street Warehouse
Thomas Street Warehouse is an awful bar in South Lake Union that’s fun to make fun of.
Joe & The Juice
Joe & The Juice is a coffee shop and juice bar at the bottom of a South Lake Union office building.
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Artusi is the bar version of Spinasse, the incredible full Italian restaurant next door. For cocktails and small plates, it doesn’t get much better.
Swel in Fremont is a slightly upscale Italian spot where you’ll want to focus on the flatbread pizzas.
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Stoneburner is an Italian-American spot in Ballard with great Neapolitan pizza and not-so-great pasta.
The White Swan Public House
The White Swan Public House is a seafood restaurant in South Lake Union with an indoor dining room and huge patio.
Willmott’s Ghost is a modern Italian spot in South Lake Union that works well for a business lunch.
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