Where to Find the Best Italian Cuisine in Seattle

September 3, 2020
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Check out these vibrant and authentic Italian restaurants in Seattle

The Best Italian Cuisine in Seattle

There are few foods more energizing and filling than classic Italian dishes. Whether you are a huge fan of lasagna or you consider pizza to be your go-to comfort food, Italian cuisine is always a prime choice for your next meal. In Seattle, there is a wide array of delightful and interesting Italian restaurants. From casual cafes to upscale eateries, there is no shortage of fine Italian restaurants to visit in this vibrant city. Check out our favorite Italian restaurants in Seattle now. 

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Vince’s Italian Restaurant

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2815 NE Sunset Blvd, Renton

Popular Italian restaurant offering classic appetizers and entrees

The Spaghetti Alla Vongole is perfect for anyone who is a fan of pasta and seafood. Image courtesy of Yelp

Founded in 1957, Vince’s Italian Restaurant serves savory wood-fired pizza and classic Italian dishes. Many of the restaurant’s menu items are inspired by restaurants from Naples, Italy as well as family recipes that have been passed down for generations. 
At the location in Renton, you have a variety of delicious and authentic menu items to choose from. Many patrons enjoy starting their nights off with some freshly baked breadsticks or toasted garlic bread before moving onto an entree. Their traditional pasta selections include gnocchi, penne, lasagna, and meat-filled tortellini. Family favorites include the half spaghetti and half ravioli, fettuccine, and carbonara. 

“Got the Vince Special pizza and it was also awesome! Perfect portions and really delish.  I asked for a side of ranch and they didn't look at me like I was insulting them (reeeeaaally dislike when pizza restaurants don't serve ranch like they are above it) and the ranch was good.  My GF got spaghetti and she said she really liked hers too.” - Yelp Review

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Cascina Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave, Capitol Hill

High-end Italian restaurant offering a rustic atmosphere

The perfect appetizer to start your meal with. Image courtesy of Yelp.

Since 2008, Spinasse has gathered a large fanbase for its take on the traditional cuisine of the Piedmont region in Northern Italy. Many of the restaurant’s refined dishes are inspired by the traditional food making techniques from Piedmont. Spinasse offers both take-out and regular dinner options such as the Butter Lettuce Salad and the Antipasti Misto Della Casa. All of the antipasto, primo, and secondo items are served family-style. In addition to its extensive food menu, the restaurant also offers classic cocktails. Guests can also select a wine pairing with their dishes if they wish. 

“I wanted a very special meal for my "COVID-19 Quarantine" take-out birthday dinner and the Spinasse Team made it happen!!  Every detail was fabulous, no hassles, no problems, super easy and extraordinarily delicious!  Thank you so much, gang!” - Yelp Review

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Italian Villa

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2800 Southcenter Mall, Suite Fc4, Seattle

Popular pizza chain serving a variety of traditional Italian dishes

Grab some pizza to share with friends and family. Image courtesy of Yelp.

Located in the Southcenter Mall, Italian Villa offers a fine selection of hearty Italian dishes. Many of the menu items are inspired by authentic recipes from Naples, Italy, and include fresh ingredients like 100% whole milk mozzarella and homemade dough. Some of their most popular meals include the chicken parmesan, baked ziti, and thin-crust cheese pizza. Guests also enjoy the Twice as Nice deal where they can choose any two Neapolitan slices made from fresh dough and topped with the restaurant’s signature tomato sauce. 

“The dough for the chicken parm Stromboli is so tender and flavorful the chicken and cheese are not a disappointment either. The Greek salad is fresh cold and crisp. My husband’s lunch ( spaghetti and meatballs with baked ziti and garlic bread) was so big it will be his dinner tonight. We will be back.” - Yelp Review

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Mondello Ristorante Italiano

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2425 33rd Ave W, Magnolia

Small, yet elegant Italian restaurant known for its pizza and housemade pasta

Order the lamb chops the next time you stop by. Image courtesy of Yelp.

Located in the Seattle neighborhood of Magnolia, Mondello Ristorante Italiano serves some of the best Italian food in the city. Restaurant owner Corino and his mother, Enza, serve authentic Italian dishes to hungry Seattle residents for lunch and dinner on a daily basis. 

You can start your meal off light with a selection from the Gli Antipasti section, such as the Antipasto Misto or the Bruschetta Classica. For the main dish, you have a fine selection of items to choose from. If you are in the mood for chicken and vegetables, we recommend the Pollo Al Forno. For a filling ravioli meal, you can order the Ravioli Al Marsala. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a wine from the restaurant’s extensive wine list too. 

“My mom is Italian, so I grew up eating homecooked Italian food on most days. Mondello is the best and most authentic Italian place I've found in Seattle. My husband and I have been Mondello regulars for several years and have done both dine-in and pickup many times. The Bolognese and Carbonara are to die for, and the specials are always delicious too.” - Yelp Review 

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Tavolata

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2323 2nd Ave, Belltown

Classic Italian dishes served in a casual, upscale environment

A wide selection of dishes awaits you. Image courtesy of Yelp

Found in the heart of Belltown, Tavolata is a premier destination for hearty and authentic Italian food. All dishes are made fresh daily and with great care. Due to COVID-19, Tavolata offers both take-out and delivery options for hungry guests. Even Happy Hour is offered for guests to enjoy at home! Some of their home meal deals include with Spaghetti, Rigatoni, or Lamb Porterhouse for one or two people. Each of these meals is served with a gem salad, heirloom tomatoes, marinated olives, and chocolate mousse s’mores. 

“I ordered the pappardelle and my gf got a carbonara dish. The food was stellar. When it arrived at the table it was one of those dishes that doesn't look like a lot of food until you start eating it. We also ordered the bruschetta with smoked salmon.” - Yelp Review

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Firenze Ristorante Italiano

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15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue

Upscale Italian restaurant in Bellevue known for its classic dishes

Dine like a royal with the Ossobuco Con Risotto. Image courtesy of Yelp

For a fine dining experience at home, order your next meal from Firenze Ristorante Italiano. Firenze orders a fine selection of lunch dinner, and Happy Hour meals. For lunch, we recommend the Stracciatella Alla Romana with tortellini if you are looking for something light. The Mozzarella Caprese insalate is another popular option for lunch. For dinner, you can’t go wrong with some hearty Spaghetti Carbonara or Penne Al Gorgonzola. 

“The food was fresh and delicious. We loved the atmosphere and the service was just great ... BUT the food was the highlight for all of us. The best carbonara that I've had. The spaghetti was definitely made fresh with its uniquely spongey texture.” - Yelp Review

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Cantinetta

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3650 Wallingford Ave, Wallingford

Italian restaurant specializing in Tuscan cuisine

Upscale dishes and wine make the perfect dinner. Image courtesy of Yelp

Cantinetta is a popular Italian restaurant in Wallingford that specializes in Tuscan culinary traditions. Many of their ingredients come right from the Pacific Northwest to ensure the freshness and flavor of their dishes. 

Some of their most popular items include the Zeppole, which is a sweet Nutella-filled pastry, the Gnocchi, and the Pappardelle Alla Bolognese. Their antipasti selections such as the Fried Razor Clams and the Braised Pork Belly are also popular among guests. All of these dishes and more can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. 

“Our bartender was the best! He asked if we've been here before, and when we said no, it was our first time, he automated listed off recommendations from the dinner menu! We ordered all of his suggestions, and they all exceeded expectations! The pork belly was one of the best I've ever had. The gnocchi was soft and pillowy, so delicious and flavorful!” - Yelp Review

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Seattle offers a diverse variety of exciting and interesting Italian restaurants. What are your favorite destinations for high-quality Italian food? Let us know in the comments!

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