Távolata is a good Italian standby to have if it’s a weeknight and you’re planning to be near downtown. It’s centrally-located in Belltown, there’s one long table that runs down the middle of the dining room, reservations are really easy to make, and they have a killer carbonara. Plan a date night or group dinner, and then all you have to worry about is how many bottles of wine and homemade pastas you’re going to pass around with whoever you come with. There are no wrong answers here.
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Lola is a Mediterranean spot in Belltown that falls in that useful middleground between casual and upscale.
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Frēlard Pizza Company
Want to have an adult pizza party? With beer? On a patio? Frēlard in Fremont is your move.
San Fermo is a charming Italian restaurant in an old house where an indie rom-com would take place. Use it for a first date in Ballard.
Swel in Fremont is a slightly upscale Italian spot where you’ll want to focus on the flatbread pizzas.
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The Pink Door
The Pink Door is part circus burlesque, part Italian restaurant, and is one of the best dining experiences you can have in Seattle.
Spinasse in Capitol Hill is one of the best fork-up-your-money Italian restaurants in Seattle.
Bramling Cross is an excellent gastropub in Ballard where you could take your parents or a date.
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