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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Raccolto is a West Seattle Italian spot from the same people behind Contadino, and the pasta is almost as good. If you can’t get a seat, try the bar.
Bizzarro Italian Cafe
Bizzarro in Wallingford kind of looks like a circus horror movie set, but it somehow works. Probably because the Italian food is so great.
Le Messe is an Italian spot in Eastlake that serves fresh pasta. Sit at the chef’s counter.
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