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 Nest is a Downtown rooftop bar at the top of Hotel Thompson. Expect expensive drinks and a fantastic view.
Market Grill is a tiny counter downtown at Pike Place Market with delicious seafood sandwiches, chowder, and poke.
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Il Nido is an upscale Italian restaurant in West Seattle that specializes in homemade pasta and isn’t worth the hype.
Pasta Casalinga is a small spot downtown at Pike Place for inexpensive homemade pasta.
Pizzeria Pulcinella is an Italian restaurant in Rainier Beach that serves Neapolitan pizza and pasta.
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Frēlard Pizza Company
Want to have an adult pizza party? With beer? On a patio? Frēlard in Fremont is your move.
Ballard Pizza Co.
Ballard Pizza Company has some of the best New York Pizza in town, and it’s a great spot for a big group hang or casual weeknight meal.
Tavolàta is the Italian spot in Belltown perfect for eating homemade pastas and cured meats with a date or friends.
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