If you’re planning a special occasion dinner with a bunch of people including kids, Cortina is a great place do it. The homemade pastas are delicious - you'll find things like garganelli with peas and prosciutto or the spicy squid ink spaghetti with lobster. There are also some very good wood-fired pizzas. The service here is also extra friendly.
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Don’t overlook Kastoori Grill just because it’s next to the Pike Place madness - it’s one of the best Indian spots downtown.
The Pink Door
The Pink Door is part circus burlesque, part Italian restaurant, and is one of the best dining experiences you can have in Seattle.
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Raccolto is a West Seattle Italian spot from the same people behind Contadino, and the pasta is almost as good. If you can’t get a seat, try the bar.
Willmott’s Ghost is a modern Italian spot in South Lake Union that works well for a business lunch.
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Bramling Cross is an excellent gastropub in Ballard where you could take your parents or a date.
Frēlard Pizza Company
Want to have an adult pizza party? With beer? On a patio? Frēlard in Fremont is your move.
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