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Tajarin with butter and sage from Cascina Spinasse.
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17 of Seattle's Essential Pasta Places

From pork belly linguini alla carbonara to tajarin with butter and sage, these dishes are worth the carbs

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Tajarin with butter and sage from Cascina Spinasse.
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Excellent Italian cuisine beyond pizza (and some notable higher end restaurants) can be hard to come by in Seattle. But, for those looking for satisfying pastas, the Emerald City has steadily built a lineup fit to impress diners from here to Florence. This is your guide to the area's top places that specialize in Italian noodles. Mangia.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ristorante Picolinos

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6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 781-8000
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Sunset Hill’s Ristorante Picolinos is a large, sprawling Italian eatery that seems like it could only exist in this localized area of Seattle. Exquisite Italian fare without the stuffiness and reasonably priced, the grounds feature separate areas for various dining purposes, and a colorful outdoor courtyard that feels designed by the same Italian rustic artists it was inspired by. It offers everything from drop-in happy hour bites to private banquet halls for special events.

A plate with ravioli topped with sage above a splash of tomato sauce, with a glass of red wine next to it.
Stuffed goat and ricotta cheese ravioli.
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2. San Fermo

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5341 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 342-1530
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This stunning historical building in Ballard was modernized for a new wave of socialites looking for a place with great drinks and and authentic Italian cuisine. The enchanting ambiance is punctuated by a sun soaked outdoor deck filled with the scent of fresh flowers and soft lighting. The menu is minimal and lighter than one might see at more traditional Italian joints, featuring the mafaldine alla carbonara, and the hearty oxtail ragu pappardelle.

3. Bizzarro Italian Cafe

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1307 N 46th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-7277
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This quirky, yet ageless Wallingford establishment by co-owners Jodi-Paul Wooster and Jaedra James doesn’t take itself too seriously. The space is embellished with a host of conversation starters-like the hanging tandem bike, which are sure to have some sort of backstory behind it. It’s an endeavor that embraces weirdness, which matches well with some of the more peculiar, yet delightful dishes like the elk bolognese with handmade pappardelle noodles. 

A view of Bizarro Italian Cafe’s bolognese with pappardelle and elk, tossed with cheese.
Elk bolognese with pappardelle.
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4. Pomodoro

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2366 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 324-3160
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Eastlake’s Pomodoro is intimately decorated with ambient lighting, matching the skillfully crafted pasta plates that Instagrammers will fall in love with. The dishes here aren’t overly saturated and carry a plethora of gluten free and veggie options. The pork belly linguini alla carbonara is sauteed to a perfect blend, while the manicotti al forno is blanketed by mountains of mozzarella cheese and pomodoro sauce.

5. Mondello Ristorante Italiano

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2435 33rd Ave W #3
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 352-8700
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Longtime Magnolia residents have fallen for this little eatery in the village, where owners Corino and Enza have been making authentic hand-made pasta for years. Mondello captures the Tuscan villa essence effortlessly with an open kitchen and countryside decor, while the scent of savory sauces and roasted garlic permeates through the air. One can usually tell how good a restaurant is by the quality of their simple dishes, and the utterly divine spaghetti carbonara with fresh pancetta is heavenly.

6. Carrello

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622 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 257-5622
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This Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill is a more affordable offshoot of the upscale Altura across East Broadway, but the quality is still high — and the mood is intimate, yet casual. Appetizers and charcuterie travel through the dining room on carts, and the menu has an array of thoughtfully-crafted, seasonal small pasta dishes, such as the pappardelle with oxtail and tripe, and a delightfully decadent agnolotti with duck, veal, mushroom, and sage.

A top-down view of a plate of pasta and two small side dishes at Carrello in Capitol Hill.
Carrello specializes in small pasta dishes and plates on roving carts.
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7. Bar Cantinetta

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2811 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 329-1501
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The Tuscan influence is abundantly clear from the moment of stepping foot into this cozy, intimate Madison Valley favorite. Diners can play a little Italian countryside make-believe, settling into the rustic wooden furniture, flickering candlelights, and of course, an endless selection of wine pairings. The handmade tagliatelle noodles topped with sugar snap peas and egg alone is worth making the trip.

8. Spinasse

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1531 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
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Nothing is overlooked at Chef Stuart Lane’s modern yet unpretentious Capitol Hill establishment. Each exquisite offering seems to be created with a purpose and an almost OCD attention to detail. The airy noodles are light and non-bulky, while the sauces are careful not to overpower. Pro-tip: For the ravenously inclined, order the menu degustazione, which is quite literally everything (including the restaurant’s iconic tajarin with butter and sage).

A white bowl containing tajarin with butter and sage,
Tajarin with butter and sage
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9. Ristorante Machiavelli

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1215 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-7941
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A hip, social Italian offering worthy of the trendy Capitol Hill locale the area is known for, Ristorante Machiavelli serves soul-comforting plates of noodles to diners looking to satiate their pasta cravings. Traditional classics like the lasagna bolognese oozes layer upon layer of stringy melted mozzarella, fontina, and parmesan cheese.

The exterior of Ristorante Machiavelli, showing an awning with the restaurant’s name and a neon “cocktails” sign.
Ristorante Machiavelli serves classic Italian dishes in a trendy setting.

10. La Fontana Siciliana

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120 Blanchard St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-1045
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In the heart of Belltown lies a cozy, brick building with one of Seattle’s finest offerings for traditional Sicilian fare. Dimly lit with a soft, intimate interior, it makes a good date spot featuring wonderful, light dishes great for sharing, like crisp bruschetta slices or dollops of fresh mozzerella on top of basil and eggplant. The helpful wait staff prides itself on finding the right wine pairing with your meal.

The outdoor dining area at La Fontana Siciliana, with a fountain and a decorative entryway.
The restaurant boasts a picturesque setting.
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11. Vendemmia

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1126 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 466-2533
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Star chef Brian Clevenger is beginning to grow a mighty little line of Italian restaurants in the city (including West Seattle’s Haymaker and the fast-casual spot near Denny Way G.H. Pasta Co.), and it's all thanks to the success of Madrona neighborhood favorite Vendemmia. The handmade pastas here in particular draw crowds from around the city, with plenty of seasonal options like braised duck with cavolo nero and porcini atop tagliatelle.

A linguini dish with zucchini and cauliflower on a white plate.
Linguini with zucchini and cauliflower.
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12. Carmine's

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88 102nd Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 786-0160
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Carmine’s Bellevue is a fine addition for eastsiders looking to get their pasta fix, offering a sophisticated lineup of classic Italian meals against a festive backdrop. Among the must haves on the menu are the capellini di mare boasting fresh morsels of clam, mussels, prawns and calamari, and the excellent pesto fettuccini with prawns.

13. The Pink Door

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1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-3241
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Here’s a romantic Seattle classic along Pike Place’s Post Alley that continues to delight tourists and locals alike. It’s hard to go wrong with the signature spinach and pesto lasagna, but the rabbit mafalda and fussiloni gigante with Italian sausage and smoked mozzarella are also winners, comforting in the colder months. When the weather gets warmer, diners can enjoy a meal on the charming outdoor patio.

The interior of The Pink Door with flowers and chandeliers in the dining room.
The Pink Door is one of Seattle’s enduring charmers.
Suzi Pratt

14. Pasta Casalinga

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93 Pike St ste 201
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 445-2987
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Those looking for a fantastic, affordable option away from the heavily trafficked area that engulfs the main Pike Place Market area, Pasta Casalinga is a hidden gem in the truest sense of the word. A rotating menu of simple, yet thoughtful pasta dishes that all cost less than $15, the value per quality is hard to beat. Inside the Pike Place atrium where it’s order over the counter, the dishes typically include a bowl of handmade pasta tossed with a light sauce and locally caught or picked ingredients.

Curly pasta gets poured into a pan with vegetables, ready to cook.
Pasta Casalinga’s dishes are a treat at Pike Place.
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15. Il Corvo

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217 James St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 538-0999
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There’s simply not enough space to list all the wonderful superlatives to describe Il Corvo, a lunch only pasta bar near Pioneer Square. Chef Mike Easton deserves high praise for dishing out some of the most creative and satisfying pasta plates this side of the pond. The artisan noodles retain the delicate balance of flavors with each tantalizing bite, culminating in an experience that usually blows minds. Easton’s West Seattle destination Il Nido may be newer and buzzier, but this more pasta-focused sibling still holds our affection

A green-tinged pasta dished covered in parmesan cheese.
Il Corvo’s rotating menu encourages repeat visits.
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16. La Rustica

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4100 Beach Dr SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-3020

Appropriately named La Rustica is a charming little cottage turned eatery settled on the south shores of Alki. For cheese lovers, one can’t go wrong with the mozzerella infused cannelloni, a popular pick with regulars. It also serves a classic version of fettuccini alla carbonara, swathed in a buttery sauce that almost makes diners forget about the incredible ocean view.

Daytime view of La Rustica’s exterior, displaying the old fashioned sign among the greenery.
La Rustica pours on the charm inside and outside.
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17. La Medusa

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4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-2192
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An establishment well known for its southern Italian/Sicilian menu, this neighborhood spot is an unassuming delight in emerging Columbia City. Featuring well-crafted dishes with Pacific Northwest ingredients, guests flock here for its dedication to the art of pasta, with the daily specials scrawled on an old school chalkboard. For those who have never had squid ink spaghetti puttanesca before, the lightly salted La Medusa version is a great place to start.

1. Ristorante Picolinos

6415 32nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
A plate with ravioli topped with sage above a splash of tomato sauce, with a glass of red wine next to it.
Stuffed goat and ricotta cheese ravioli.
Ristorante Picolinos/Official

Sunset Hill’s Ristorante Picolinos is a large, sprawling Italian eatery that seems like it could only exist in this localized area of Seattle. Exquisite Italian fare without the stuffiness and reasonably priced, the grounds feature separate areas for various dining purposes, and a colorful outdoor courtyard that feels designed by the same Italian rustic artists it was inspired by. It offers everything from drop-in happy hour bites to private banquet halls for special events.

6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. San Fermo

5341 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This stunning historical building in Ballard was modernized for a new wave of socialites looking for a place with great drinks and and authentic Italian cuisine. The enchanting ambiance is punctuated by a sun soaked outdoor deck filled with the scent of fresh flowers and soft lighting. The menu is minimal and lighter than one might see at more traditional Italian joints, featuring the mafaldine alla carbonara, and the hearty oxtail ragu pappardelle.

5341 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Bizzarro Italian Cafe

1307 N 46th St, Seattle, WA 98103
A view of Bizarro Italian Cafe’s bolognese with pappardelle and elk, tossed with cheese.
Elk bolognese with pappardelle.
Bizzarro Italian Cafe/Official

This quirky, yet ageless Wallingford establishment by co-owners Jodi-Paul Wooster and Jaedra James doesn’t take itself too seriously. The space is embellished with a host of conversation starters-like the hanging tandem bike, which are sure to have some sort of backstory behind it. It’s an endeavor that embraces weirdness, which matches well with some of the more peculiar, yet delightful dishes like the elk bolognese with handmade pappardelle noodles. 

1307 N 46th St
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Pomodoro

2366 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Eastlake’s Pomodoro is intimately decorated with ambient lighting, matching the skillfully crafted pasta plates that Instagrammers will fall in love with. The dishes here aren’t overly saturated and carry a plethora of gluten free and veggie options. The pork belly linguini alla carbonara is sauteed to a perfect blend, while the manicotti al forno is blanketed by mountains of mozzarella cheese and pomodoro sauce.

2366 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

5. Mondello Ristorante Italiano

2435 33rd Ave W #3, Seattle, WA 98199

Longtime Magnolia residents have fallen for this little eatery in the village, where owners Corino and Enza have been making authentic hand-made pasta for years. Mondello captures the Tuscan villa essence effortlessly with an open kitchen and countryside decor, while the scent of savory sauces and roasted garlic permeates through the air. One can usually tell how good a restaurant is by the quality of their simple dishes, and the utterly divine spaghetti carbonara with fresh pancetta is heavenly.

2435 33rd Ave W #3
Seattle, WA 98199

6. Carrello

622 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
A top-down view of a plate of pasta and two small side dishes at Carrello in Capitol Hill.
Carrello specializes in small pasta dishes and plates on roving carts.
Carrello/Official

This Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill is a more affordable offshoot of the upscale Altura across East Broadway, but the quality is still high — and the mood is intimate, yet casual. Appetizers and charcuterie travel through the dining room on carts, and the menu has an array of thoughtfully-crafted, seasonal small pasta dishes, such as the pappardelle with oxtail and tripe, and a delightfully decadent agnolotti with duck, veal, mushroom, and sage.

622 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

7. Bar Cantinetta

2811 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

The Tuscan influence is abundantly clear from the moment of stepping foot into this cozy, intimate Madison Valley favorite. Diners can play a little Italian countryside make-believe, settling into the rustic wooden furniture, flickering candlelights, and of course, an endless selection of wine pairings. The handmade tagliatelle noodles topped with sugar snap peas and egg alone is worth making the trip.

2811 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

8. Spinasse

1531 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
A white bowl containing tajarin with butter and sage,
Tajarin with butter and sage
Spinasse/Official

Nothing is overlooked at Chef Stuart Lane’s modern yet unpretentious Capitol Hill establishment. Each exquisite offering seems to be created with a purpose and an almost OCD attention to detail. The airy noodles are light and non-bulky, while the sauces are careful not to overpower. Pro-tip: For the ravenously inclined, order the menu degustazione, which is quite literally everything (including the restaurant’s iconic tajarin with butter and sage).

1531 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Ristorante Machiavelli

1215 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101
The exterior of Ristorante Machiavelli, showing an awning with the restaurant’s name and a neon “cocktails” sign.
Ristorante Machiavelli serves classic Italian dishes in a trendy setting.

A hip, social Italian offering worthy of the trendy Capitol Hill locale the area is known for, Ristorante Machiavelli serves soul-comforting plates of noodles to diners looking to satiate their pasta cravings. Traditional classics like the lasagna bolognese oozes layer upon layer of stringy melted mozzarella, fontina, and parmesan cheese.

1215 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101

10. La Fontana Siciliana

120 Blanchard St, Seattle, WA 98121
The outdoor dining area at La Fontana Siciliana, with a fountain and a decorative entryway.
The restaurant boasts a picturesque setting.
La Fontana Siciliana/Facebook

In the heart of Belltown lies a cozy, brick building with one of Seattle’s finest offerings for traditional Sicilian fare. Dimly lit with a soft, intimate interior, it makes a good date spot featuring wonderful, light dishes great for sharing, like crisp bruschetta slices or dollops of fresh mozzerella on top of basil and eggplant. The helpful wait staff prides itself on finding the right wine pairing with your meal.

120 Blanchard St
Seattle, WA 98121

11. Vendemmia

1126 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
A linguini dish with zucchini and cauliflower on a white plate.
Linguini with zucchini and cauliflower.
Vendemmia/Official

Star chef Brian Clevenger is beginning to grow a mighty little line of Italian restaurants in the city (including West Seattle’s Haymaker and the fast-casual spot near Denny Way G.H. Pasta Co.), and it's all thanks to the success of Madrona neighborhood favorite Vendemmia. The handmade pastas here in particular draw crowds from around the city, with plenty of seasonal options like braised duck with cavolo nero and porcini atop tagliatelle.

1126 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Carmine's

88 102nd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Carmine’s Bellevue is a fine addition for eastsiders looking to get their pasta fix, offering a sophisticated lineup of classic Italian meals against a festive backdrop. Among the must haves on the menu are the capellini di mare boasting fresh morsels of clam, mussels, prawns and calamari, and the excellent pesto fettuccini with prawns.

88 102nd Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

13. The Pink Door

1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
The interior of The Pink Door with flowers and chandeliers in the dining room.
The Pink Door is one of Seattle’s enduring charmers.
Suzi Pratt

Here’s a romantic Seattle classic along Pike Place’s Post Alley that continues to delight tourists and locals alike. It’s hard to go wrong with the signature spinach and pesto lasagna, but the rabbit mafalda and fussiloni gigante with Italian sausage and smoked mozzarella are also winners, comforting in the colder months. When the weather gets warmer, diners can enjoy a meal on the charming outdoor patio.

1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

14. Pasta Casalinga

93 Pike St ste 201, Seattle, WA 98101
Curly pasta gets poured into a pan with vegetables, ready to cook.
Pasta Casalinga’s dishes are a treat at Pike Place.
Pasta Casalinga/Official

Those looking for a fantastic, affordable option away from the heavily trafficked area that engulfs the main Pike Place Market area, Pasta Casalinga is a hidden gem in the truest sense of the word. A rotating menu of simple, yet thoughtful pasta dishes that all cost less than $15, the value per quality is hard to beat. Inside the Pike Place atrium where it’s order over the counter, the dishes typically include a bowl of handmade pasta tossed with a light sauce and locally caught or picked ingredients.

93 Pike St ste 201
Seattle, WA 98101

15. Il Corvo

217 James St, Seattle, WA 98104
A green-tinged pasta dished covered in parmesan cheese.
Il Corvo’s rotating menu encourages repeat visits.
Bill Addison/Eater

There’s simply not enough space to list all the wonderful superlatives to describe Il Corvo, a lunch only pasta bar near Pioneer Square. Chef Mike Easton deserves high praise for dishing out some of the most creative and satisfying pasta plates this side of the pond. The artisan noodles retain the delicate balance of flavors with each tantalizing bite, culminating in an experience that usually blows minds. Easton’s West Seattle destination Il Nido may be newer and buzzier, but this more pasta-focused sibling still holds our affection

217 James St
Seattle, WA 98104

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16. La Rustica

4100 Beach Dr SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Daytime view of La Rustica’s exterior, displaying the old fashioned sign among the greenery.
La Rustica pours on the charm inside and outside.
La Rustica/Facebook

Appropriately named La Rustica is a charming little cottage turned eatery settled on the south shores of Alki. For cheese lovers, one can’t go wrong with the mozzerella infused cannelloni, a popular pick with regulars. It also serves a classic version of fettuccini alla carbonara, swathed in a buttery sauce that almost makes diners forget about the incredible ocean view.

4100 Beach Dr SW
Seattle, WA 98116

17. La Medusa

4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

An establishment well known for its southern Italian/Sicilian menu, this neighborhood spot is an unassuming delight in emerging Columbia City. Featuring well-crafted dishes with Pacific Northwest ingredients, guests flock here for its dedication to the art of pasta, with the daily specials scrawled on an old school chalkboard. For those who have never had squid ink spaghetti puttanesca before, the lightly salted La Medusa version is a great place to start.

4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

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