That's Amore: Bellevue Boasts Italian Fare Worth the Journey

Sometimes, the urge to enjoy Italian food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you achieve that culinary goal. When that craving descends, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Bellevue's best Italian restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Bellevue. We vet restaurants carefully, and when we recommend popular eateries like Firenze or tell you that Pasta & Co gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. 

The Bellevue culinary scene proves vast and varied, featuring genres from most every corner of the globe. Italian always proves a popular option–delighting the whole family and offering comforting fare perfect for any season of the year. In Bellevue, Italian eateries range from casual sandwich spots to 4-star chef-owned restaurants; several well-known national chains join the lineup, too. Restaurants here feature fresh, seasonal and local ingredients, often mixing regional seafood delicacies into tasty pasta dishes and PNW produce on top of cheesy pizza pies. Buon appetito!

Pasta dishes frequently appear on steakhouses menus, and that goes for Ruth's Chris, too. (Check out their Veal Osso Buco Ravioli, for example.) Whether it's rare or well-done, prime beef is this steak house's trademark. A favorite of the...  Read More

John Howie Steak
Photo courtesy of Kate Baldwin

Although this steakhouse doesn't technically fall under the Italian genre, diners relish a couple pasta and risotto that appear on the menus (like a lunchtime spaghettini). Living up to its tony digs in Bellevue's Bravern complex, John Howie...  Read More

Palomino Euro Bistro
Photo courtesy of Palomino Restaurant & Bar

Well-attended by patrons of all sorts, this popular destination in Bellevue (as well as downtown Seattle) is perennially full, especially during happy hour. Capitalizing on its combination of Mediterranean and Northwest fare, the wide-ranging...  Read More

Pagliacci Pizza

Sometimes, when the mood strikes, nothing else will do. If you have a strong urge for great pizza, head to one of 24 Pagliacci's locations, where you can walk up to the counter and order a pie topped with everything from sun-dried tomatoes to...  Read More

Pasta & Co

Although take-out is the main business at this local chain (now in business for 30-plus years), you can also dine in on fresh pastas, meats, sides and scrumptious desserts. Seasonal changes keep things fresh; past favorites have included penne...  Read More


Excellent Italian cuisine is readily available at this romantic restaurant, which is centrally located near the Meydenbauer Center. The homemade ravioli stuffed with wild mushrooms and topped with a tasty tomato sauce comes highly recommend....  Read More

This simple, elegant bistro offers an appealing mix of American favorites with a menu showing influences from France, Italy and South America. The minimal décor is serene and upscale with white tablecloths, neutral color, and candlelight. Start...  Read More

Bellevue Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of Courtesy Visit Bellevue

The Bellevue Brewing Company is a locally-minded venue that serves up tasty brews to complement the tasty food. (Though not a traditional Italian eatery, pizzas figure heavily into their menu.) In their own words, "One of our main goals here at...  Read More


Experience the warmth of Tuscany – inside a mall? Believe it or not, terra cotta floors, warm beige walls and rustic touches make you forget you're inside a retail emporium. The menu evokes bella Tuscany as well, focusing on grilled meats,...  Read More

Pogacha Restaurant

This intriguing little café is named after a type of Croatian dinner roll, which is a house specialty at Pogacha Restaurant. All of the dishes feature a Croatian twist, including pizzas, sandwiches and pastas. The upscale dining room boasts...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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