List is basically a nightclub pretending to be a restaurant. It’s so dark (and only lit with red lightbulbs) that you are actually at serious risk of tripping over yourself, it’s trying incredibly hard to be sexy, and on the weekends it’s usually crowded with good-looking people gazing into each other’s eyes. This is the date-night hub of Belltown, and it’s where you should bring someone if you’re more concerned with what’s going to happen after you leave the restaurant. The two gnocchi dishes are probably what you want to eat - order both with stiff cocktails, and you’ll be fine. If there’s a wait for a table (likely), head to Amber up the street for a drink in the meantime.
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Tavolàta is the Italian spot in Belltown perfect for eating homemade pastas and cured meats with a date or friends.
Shaker And Spear
Besides being in a highly attractive space, Shaker + Spear also has excellent seafood. It’s a great spot for a nicer group dinner in Belltown.
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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.
Bizzarro Italian Cafe
Bizzarro in Wallingford kind of looks like a circus horror movie set, but it somehow works. Probably because the Italian food is so great.
Le Messe is an Italian spot in Eastlake that serves fresh pasta. Sit at the chef’s counter.
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