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The bucatini amatriciana at Rione XIII, with guanciale, red onion, tomato, garlic, chili, and pecorino.
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Where to Get Fantastic Pasta in Seattle

From tagliarini with smoked trout roe to tajarin with butter and sage, these Italian noodles are among the city’s best

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The bucatini amatriciana at Rione XIII, with guanciale, red onion, tomato, garlic, chili, and pecorino.
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For those looking for satisfying pastas, Seattle has steadily built a lineup that combines flawless technique with local meat, seafood, grains, and vegetables, making dishes that are undeniably Italian but also rooted in the Northwest. The area’s restaurants have something for every pasta lover, from well-executed classics like spaghetti carbonara and cacio e pepe to more experimental dishes laden with high-end ingredients like shaved truffles, uni butter, and smoked trout roe. Here are some favorites.

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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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Chef Holly Smith’s Kirkland fine-dining mainstay serves several excellent tasting menus, including pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan options, many of which feature exquisite pasta dishes. Dishes currently include ravioli with oxtail and greens and hand-cut tajarin with creme fraiche and caviar.

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 for reasonable prices, including a pappardelle topped with veal ragu and a selection of excellent ravioli, including one stuffed with goat cheese and ricotta and tossed in browned butter with sage. In addition to the comfortable dining room with a bar, there’s also a outdoor courtyard with plants growing on trellises 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, featuring standouts such as the strozzapreti with lamb sumo, and the 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. Rione XIII

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401 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 838-2878
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Ethan Stowell’s Capitol Hill restaurant dedicated to the cuisine of Rome serves well-executed renditions of classic pasta dishes like spaghetti carbonara and cacio e pepe. But the restaurant also offers more creative dishes, like tagliarini with uni butter, Fresno chili peppers, and smoked trout roe. Tavolàta, another Ethan Stowell restaurant with locations in Belltown, Capitol Hill, Spokane, and on Stone Way in Fremont, serves similar pasta dishes, including a bucatini dish with bits of pork belly adorned with a shimmering egg yolk. 

A bowl of noodles covered in grated parmesan and black pepper.
The tonnarelli cacio e pepe at Ethan Stowell’s Rione XIII restaurant in Capitol Hill.
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6. Spinasse

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1531 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
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More than 10 years in, and this romantic trattoria on Capitol Hill continues to entrance diners with food from Italy’s Piedmont region. The nest of delicate tajarin pasta with butter and sage sauce is a Seattle comfort food mainstay, but every pasta dish from chef Stuart Lane — including the agnolotti stuffed with braised rabbit — is memorable. 

A white bowl containing tajarin with butter and sage,
Tajarin with butter and sage
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7. 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 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, walnuts, and cream 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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8. 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 chef Sabrina Tinsley, emphasizing northern Italian cuisine. Must-try pastas include tagliatelle with white alba truffle butter and the gnocchi al pomodoro. The restaurant also launched a pop-up series in 2021 that celebrates local BIPOC chefs.

9. 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 options like tonnarelli with prawns, uni butter, and Meyer lemon and strozzapretti with duck and dandelion greens.

10. 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, offers plenty of well-crafted pasta selections, including linguini with baby clams and pancetta in a white wine sauce and a popular spinach lasagna. Diners who plan ahead should try to score a spot on the outdoor deck, which fills up quickly on sunny days.

11. 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 ziti with rockfish, olives, and capers or reginette with Calabrian sausage and rapini. You can eat at a small counter in the restaurant or take the food to go.

12. Il Nido

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2717 61st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 466-6265
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Nationally recognized chef Mike Easton turned the historic Alki Homestead into a classic Seattle dining experience that offers rotating list of excellent pasta dishes. He also aims to make the restaurant more accessible with a new “aperitivo hour” that doesn’t require reservations (which need to be booked well-ahead for the main dining room), as well as a patio. But the main dinner service continues to be a special treat.

13. Raccolto

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4147 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 397-3775
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Diners flock to this West Seattle Italian restaurant for creative pasta dishes like the lamb bolognese served with pecorino and mint and fusilli with arugula pesto. To add flair to more simpler pasta dishes — like the tonnarelli cacio e pepe — order shaved truffle for an additional $15. As a plus, you can watch cooks toss the pasta in sauce from most areas of the compact dining room.

14. La Medusa

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4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-2192
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Diners come to this small Columbia City restaurant for its well-crafted pasta dishes with Pacific Northwest ingredients, which shift regularly based on seasonal availability. A recent menu included campanelle with kale pesto, mafaldine with pork coppa, and casarecce with braised rabbit ragu. Head next door to a new mini market, Persephone, where you can sip amaro at a bar or buy local vegetables.

15. Mezzanotte

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1210 S Bailey St
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 466-6032
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Chef Jason Stratton (formerly of Spinasse, another entry on this list) recently took over the kitchen at Georgetown’s new Italian restaurant, which has a large, heated and covered patio. Stratton serves several exquisite pasta dishes like bucatini with spicy huckleberry marinara, gigli with roasted king oyster mushrooms, and like Spinasse, a tajarin dish with sage butter.

1. Cafe Juanita

9702 NE 120th Pl, Kirkland, WA 98034

Chef Holly Smith’s Kirkland fine-dining mainstay serves several excellent tasting menus, including pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan options, many of which feature exquisite pasta dishes. Dishes currently include ravioli with oxtail and greens and hand-cut tajarin with creme fraiche and caviar.

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 for reasonable prices, including a pappardelle topped with veal ragu and a selection of excellent ravioli, including one stuffed with goat cheese and ricotta and tossed in browned butter with sage. In addition to the comfortable dining room with a bar, there’s also a outdoor courtyard with plants growing on trellises 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, featuring standouts such as the strozzapreti with lamb sumo, and the 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. Rione XIII

401 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
A bowl of noodles covered in grated parmesan and black pepper.
The tonnarelli cacio e pepe at Ethan Stowell’s Rione XIII restaurant in Capitol Hill.
Geoff Smith/ LookatLao

Ethan Stowell’s Capitol Hill restaurant dedicated to the cuisine of Rome serves well-executed renditions of classic pasta dishes like spaghetti carbonara and cacio e pepe. But the restaurant also offers more creative dishes, like tagliarini with uni butter, Fresno chili peppers, and smoked trout roe. Tavolàta, another Ethan Stowell restaurant with locations in Belltown, Capitol Hill, Spokane, and on Stone Way in Fremont, serves similar pasta dishes, including a bucatini dish with bits of pork belly adorned with a shimmering egg yolk. 

401 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

6. Spinasse

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

More than 10 years in, and this romantic trattoria on Capitol Hill continues to entrance diners with food from Italy’s Piedmont region. The nest of delicate tajarin pasta with butter and sage sauce is a Seattle comfort food mainstay, but every pasta dish from chef Stuart Lane — including the agnolotti stuffed with braised rabbit — is memorable. 

1531 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

7. 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 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, walnuts, and cream is supremely satisfying.

1215 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Osteria la Spiga

1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This excellent Capitol Hill restaurant features dishes from chef Sabrina Tinsley, emphasizing northern Italian cuisine. Must-try pastas include tagliatelle with white alba truffle butter 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

9. 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 options like tonnarelli with prawns, uni butter, and Meyer lemon and strozzapretti with duck and dandelion greens.

1126 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

10. The Pink Door

1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

One of Seattle’s enduring Italian restaurants, located at Post Alley, offers plenty of well-crafted pasta selections, including linguini with baby clams and pancetta in a white wine sauce and a popular spinach lasagna. Diners who plan ahead should try to score a spot on the outdoor deck, which fills up quickly on sunny days.

1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

11. 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 ziti with rockfish, olives, and capers or reginette with Calabrian sausage and rapini. You can eat at a small counter in the restaurant or take the food to go.

93 Pike St ste 201
Seattle, WA 98101

12. Il Nido

2717 61st Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Nationally recognized chef Mike Easton turned the historic Alki Homestead into a classic Seattle dining experience that offers rotating list of excellent pasta dishes. He also aims to make the restaurant more accessible with a new “aperitivo hour” that doesn’t require reservations (which need to be booked well-ahead for the main dining room), as well as a patio. But the main dinner service continues to be a special treat.

2717 61st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

13. Raccolto

4147 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Diners flock to this West Seattle Italian restaurant for creative pasta dishes like the lamb bolognese served with pecorino and mint and fusilli with arugula pesto. To add flair to more simpler pasta dishes — like the tonnarelli cacio e pepe — order shaved truffle for an additional $15. As a plus, you can watch cooks toss the pasta in sauce from most areas of the compact dining room.

4147 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

14. La Medusa

4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Diners come to this small Columbia City restaurant for its well-crafted pasta dishes with Pacific Northwest ingredients, which shift regularly based on seasonal availability. A recent menu included campanelle with kale pesto, mafaldine with pork coppa, and casarecce with braised rabbit ragu. Head next door to a new mini market, Persephone, where you can sip amaro at a bar or buy local vegetables.

4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

15. Mezzanotte

1210 S Bailey St, Seattle, WA 98108

Chef Jason Stratton (formerly of Spinasse, another entry on this list) recently took over the kitchen at Georgetown’s new Italian restaurant, which has a large, heated and covered patio. Stratton serves several exquisite pasta dishes like bucatini with spicy huckleberry marinara, gigli with roasted king oyster mushrooms, and like Spinasse, a tajarin dish with sage butter.

1210 S Bailey St
Seattle, WA 98108

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