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Tajarin with butter and sage from Spinasse
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Where to Get Fantastic Pasta in Seattle

From pork belly-stuffed ravioli to tajarin with butter and sage, these Italian noodles are among the city’s best

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Tajarin with butter and sage from Spinasse
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For those looking for satisfying pastas, Seattle has steadily built a lineup fit to impress diners from here to Florence. The region’s bounty helps elevate each dish, and the pasta-making craftsmanship on display in many of the city’s kitchens is truly an art. This is your guide to the area's top places that specialize in Italian noodles, listed from north to south.

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1. Cafe Juanita

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9702 NE 120th Pl
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 823-1505
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Kirkland’s Northern Italian fine-dining mainstay recently reopened its warm, modern dining room for the first time in more than a year. Chef Holly Smith and her team craft excellent tasting menus, with “supplementals” that include a must try tajarin with caviar creme and chives. But there are also plenty of strong cook-at-home pasta options as well, such as the hand-shaped agnolotti filled with local rabbit meat.

2. Ristorante Picolinos

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6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 781-8000
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This Sunset Hill favorite offers exquisite Italian fare without the stuffiness and reasonably priced, including a pappardelle topped with veal ragu and a selection of excellent ravioli, including one stuffed with pork belly. In addition to the comfortable dining room, there’s also a romantic outdoor courtyard that’s open for seating.

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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3. San Fermo

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5341 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 342-1530
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The menu at this popular Ballard restaurant is minimal and lighter than one might see at more traditional Italian joints, but still features standouts such as the agnolotti with sweet corn, mascarpone, and sunflower shoots, and a decadent saffron spaghetti bolognese with pork and veal. There’s also an outdoor deck and expanded sidewalk seating.

4. 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 (now with a White Center location) embraces weirdness in its decor, which seems like a cross between a messy antique store and the backstage of an old timey carnival. The eye-catching aesthetics shouldn’t distract from classics like the elk bolognese with handmade pappardelle noodles, long a fan favorite.

A view of Bizarro Italian Cafe’s bolognese with pappardelle and elk, tossed with cheese.
Elk bolognese with pappardelle
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5. Mondello Ristorante Italiano

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2435 33rd Ave W #3
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 352-8700
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Magnolia residents have fallen for this little spot in the village, where owners Corino and Enza have been making hand-made pasta for years. 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. Items include spot prawn pansotti, gnocchi with bone marrow and roasted beets, and papardelle with a ragu of tripe and oxtail. The dining room is charming, and there’s a small outdoor patio as well.

7. Spinasse

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1531 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
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Nothing is overlooked at this modern yet unpretentious Capitol Hill establishment. The airy noodles are light and non-bulky, the sauces are careful not to overpower, and the well-loved tajarin with butter and sage doesn’t disappoint. One can also make a night of it with post-dinner drinks and dessert at next-door sibling bar Artusi.

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

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1215 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-7941
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This Capitol Hill locale has been serving soul-comforting plates of noodles to diners looking to satiate their carb cravings for decades. Standbys like the lasagna bolognese oozes layer upon layer of stringy melted mozzarella, fontina, and parmesan cheese, while the penne with roasted red pepper pesto is supremely satisfying.

The exterior of Ristorante Machiavelli, showing an awning with the restaurant’s name and a neon “cocktails” sign.
Ristorante Machiavelli serves a selection of hearty Italian dishes.
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9. Osteria la Spiga

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1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-8881
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This excellent Capitol Hill restaurant features dishes from celebrated chef Sabrina Tinsley, emphasizing northern Italian cuisine. Some of the must-try pastas include tagliatelle with white alba truffle butter, the ricotta and spinach tortelli in cream sauce, and the gnocchi al pomodoro. The restaurant also launched a pop-up series in 2021 that celebrates local BIPOC chefs.

10. 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, and it's all thanks to the success of this Madrona gem. The pastas here draw fans from around the city, with plenty of seasonal options like gnochetti with wild mushroom, English peas, and tarragon, as well as sopresine with Dungeness crab, brodetto, and daikon.

11. The Pink Door

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1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-3241
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One of Seattle’s enduring Italian restaurants, located at Post Alley, recently reopened for indoor dining, with plenty of well-crafted pasta selections, including squid ink spaghetti with grilled prawns, cauliflower, and anchovy, and its popular spinach lasagna. Diners who plan ahead should try to score a spot on the outdoor deck, although summer bookings are filling up fast.

12. Pasta Casalinga

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93 Pike St ste 201
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 445-2987
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This Pike Place star has a rotating menu of simple, yet thoughtful made-to-order pasta plates that all cost less than $15. Dishes typically include a bowl of handmade pasta tossed with a light sauce and locally caught or foraged ingredients, such as spaghetti with wild salmon or fusilli with Walla Walla onions. But there are also some take-and-bake options as well.

13. Il Nido

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2717 61st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 466-6265
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Acclaimed chef Mike Easton turned the historic Alki Homestead into a classic Seattle dining experience, with his famed lovingly made, handcrafted pastas that rotate regularly. He also aims to make the restaurant more accessible with a new “aperitivo hour” that doesn’t require reservations, as well as a patio. But the main dinner service continues to be a special treat.

14. La Medusa

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4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-2192
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Featuring well-crafted dishes with Pacific Northwest ingredients, diners come to this small Columbia City restaurant for its dedication to the art of pasta. It’s currently offering a selection of heat-at-home meals for online preordering, which includes spaghetti with beef and pork meatballs, a longtime favorite. No indoor dining yet.

15. Mezzanotte

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1210 S Bailey St
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 466-6032
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Heralded chef Jason Stratton (formerly of Spinasse, another entry on this list) recently took over the kitchen at Georgetown’s new low-key, charming Italian restaurant. Diners will find items such as bucatini with spicy cherry tomatoes and a strawberry marinara, the ribbon-shaped reginette with a pork and beef ragu, and a wonderful rye spaghetti with duck and anchovy sugo.

1. Cafe Juanita

9702 NE 120th Pl, Kirkland, WA 98034

Kirkland’s Northern Italian fine-dining mainstay recently reopened its warm, modern dining room for the first time in more than a year. Chef Holly Smith and her team craft excellent tasting menus, with “supplementals” that include a must try tajarin with caviar creme and chives. But there are also plenty of strong cook-at-home pasta options as well, such as the hand-shaped agnolotti filled with local rabbit meat.

9702 NE 120th Pl
Kirkland, WA 98034

2. 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]

This Sunset Hill favorite offers exquisite Italian fare without the stuffiness and reasonably priced, including a pappardelle topped with veal ragu and a selection of excellent ravioli, including one stuffed with pork belly. In addition to the comfortable dining room, there’s also a romantic outdoor courtyard that’s open for seating.

6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. San Fermo

5341 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

The menu at this popular Ballard restaurant is minimal and lighter than one might see at more traditional Italian joints, but still features standouts such as the agnolotti with sweet corn, mascarpone, and sunflower shoots, and a decadent saffron spaghetti bolognese with pork and veal. There’s also an outdoor deck and expanded sidewalk seating.

5341 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. 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 (now with a White Center location) embraces weirdness in its decor, which seems like a cross between a messy antique store and the backstage of an old timey carnival. The eye-catching aesthetics shouldn’t distract from classics like the elk bolognese with handmade pappardelle noodles, long a fan favorite.

1307 N 46th St
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Mondello Ristorante Italiano

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

Magnolia residents have fallen for this little spot in the village, where owners Corino and Enza have been making hand-made pasta for years. 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

This Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill is a more affordable offshoot of the upscale Altura across East Broadway, but the quality is still high. Items include spot prawn pansotti, gnocchi with bone marrow and roasted beets, and papardelle with a ragu of tripe and oxtail. The dining room is charming, and there’s a small outdoor patio as well.

622 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

7. Spinasse

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

Nothing is overlooked at this modern yet unpretentious Capitol Hill establishment. The airy noodles are light and non-bulky, the sauces are careful not to overpower, and the well-loved tajarin with butter and sage doesn’t disappoint. One can also make a night of it with post-dinner drinks and dessert at next-door sibling bar Artusi.

1531 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

8. 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 a selection of hearty Italian dishes.
Ristorante Machiavelli [Official Photo]

This Capitol Hill locale has been serving soul-comforting plates of noodles to diners looking to satiate their carb cravings for decades. Standbys like the lasagna bolognese oozes layer upon layer of stringy melted mozzarella, fontina, and parmesan cheese, while the penne with roasted red pepper pesto is supremely satisfying.

1215 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101

9. Osteria la Spiga

1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This excellent Capitol Hill restaurant features dishes from celebrated chef Sabrina Tinsley, emphasizing northern Italian cuisine. Some of the must-try pastas include tagliatelle with white alba truffle butter, the ricotta and spinach tortelli in cream sauce, and the gnocchi al pomodoro. The restaurant also launched a pop-up series in 2021 that celebrates local BIPOC chefs.

1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Vendemmia

1126 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Star chef Brian Clevenger is beginning to grow a mighty little line of Italian restaurants in the city, and it's all thanks to the success of this Madrona gem. The pastas here draw fans from around the city, with plenty of seasonal options like gnochetti with wild mushroom, English peas, and tarragon, as well as sopresine with Dungeness crab, brodetto, and daikon.

1126 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. The Pink Door

1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

One of Seattle’s enduring Italian restaurants, located at Post Alley, recently reopened for indoor dining, with plenty of well-crafted pasta selections, including squid ink spaghetti with grilled prawns, cauliflower, and anchovy, and its popular spinach lasagna. Diners who plan ahead should try to score a spot on the outdoor deck, although summer bookings are filling up fast.

1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

12. Pasta Casalinga

93 Pike St ste 201, Seattle, WA 98101

This Pike Place star has a rotating menu of simple, yet thoughtful made-to-order pasta plates that all cost less than $15. Dishes typically include a bowl of handmade pasta tossed with a light sauce and locally caught or foraged ingredients, such as spaghetti with wild salmon or fusilli with Walla Walla onions. But there are also some take-and-bake options as well.

93 Pike St ste 201
Seattle, WA 98101

13. Il Nido

2717 61st Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Acclaimed chef Mike Easton turned the historic Alki Homestead into a classic Seattle dining experience, with his famed lovingly made, handcrafted pastas that rotate regularly. He also aims to make the restaurant more accessible with a new “aperitivo hour” that doesn’t require reservations, as well as a patio. But the main dinner service continues to be a special treat.

2717 61st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

14. La Medusa

4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Featuring well-crafted dishes with Pacific Northwest ingredients, diners come to this small Columbia City restaurant for its dedication to the art of pasta. It’s currently offering a selection of heat-at-home meals for online preordering, which includes spaghetti with beef and pork meatballs, a longtime favorite. No indoor dining yet.

4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

15. Mezzanotte

1210 S Bailey St, Seattle, WA 98108

Heralded chef Jason Stratton (formerly of Spinasse, another entry on this list) recently took over the kitchen at Georgetown’s new low-key, charming Italian restaurant. Diners will find items such as bucatini with spicy cherry tomatoes and a strawberry marinara, the ribbon-shaped reginette with a pork and beef ragu, and a wonderful rye spaghetti with duck and anchovy sugo.

1210 S Bailey St
Seattle, WA 98108

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