Pasta Casalinga is a casual Tuesday-Sunday spot in Pike Place Market serving Italy-level bowls of handmade pasta for under $10. Their menu rotates based on which fresh ingredients they have from the “ocean,” “garden,” and “farm,” and features things like rigatoni with lamb and juniper berry ragu, or spaghettoni with kale pesto. Everything comes out piping hot with a sprinkling of parmesan (as it should), and the ricotta chocolate crostata is incredible for dessert.
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Michou is an excellent deli Downtown at Pike Place Market that serves pressed sandwiches.
Don’t overlook Kastoori Grill just because it’s next to the Pike Place madness - it’s one of the best Indian spots downtown.
Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is fratty, but the excellent patio and quality seafood means it’s still a good place to hang downtown.
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Spinasse in Capitol Hill is one of the best fork-up-your-money Italian restaurants in Seattle.
Bisato is an outstanding upscale Italian restaurant in Pioneer Square where the a la carte options are way better than the tasting menu.
Willmott’s Ghost is a modern Italian spot in South Lake Union that works well for a business lunch.
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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.
Is getting in line for pasta at 10:30am on a weekday crazy? Maybe. But this is what you have to do at Il Corvo in Pioneer Square, and it’s worth it.
Matt’s In The Market
Matt’s In The Market is a Pike Place institution for seafood and upscale American dishes.
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