Seattle's Alluring Spots for Fine Dining and Wining, Italian-Style

Sometimes, the urge to have Italian food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. Crusty bread dipped in olive oil followed by a heaping bowl of hand-made pasta topped with fresh herbs, colorful vegetables and finely-grated cheese; what truly can compare? When this craving strikes, you can count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Seattle's most recommended Italian restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Seattle. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Assaggio Ristorante or tell you that Serafina Osteria & Enoteca gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best. Follow this list of ten fantastic spots to virtually travel to the lovely country of Italy, where chefs have made an art form out of pleasing others' senses. These venues not only expose diners to Italian flavors on their plates, but also in the sounds and sights that they will absorb inside, thanks to each unique ambience. We recommend showing up hungry and thirsty and, above all else, willing and ready to enjoy the finer things in life. Buon appetito!


If lines are an indication of the quality of the cuisine here (and they certainly are, in our opinion), then you can expect a wonderfully authentic meal. The relaxed restaurant Cafe Lago has been a favorite in this area for many years, thanks...  Read More

Café Juanita
Photo courtesy of Bruce Miyahara

Named for the creek it rests beside, this fantastic restaurant is influenced by Italian cuisine, although it's not the red-sauce-and-cheese variety. Instead, dishes are more refined, featuring first-rate ingredients and careful preparation....  Read More

Assaggio Ristorante

Intimate, romantic and adorned with Renaissance artwork, Assaggio brings you the best of Italy without your ever having to leave Seattle! Owned and managed by Mauro Golmarvi, the restaurant guarantees diners the best Italian fare. The menu...  Read More

Tavolata (Belltown)
Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Smith

In Belltown, Ethan Stowell has done it once again by wowing diners at his Italian gem Tavol?ta. Here, pasta reigns--from rigatoni to casarecce, conchiglie to linguini. A restaurant whose name means "to gather around a table," Tavol?ta is an...  Read More

Palomino Euro Bistro
Photo courtesy of Palomino Restaurant & Bar

Well-attended by patrons of all sorts, this popular destination in the heart of the business district is perennially full and has even received a vote for "Best Downtown Lunch" by Seattle Magazine. Capitalizing on its combination of...  Read More

Named after the Tuscan hill town where the owner/chefs met, Volterra brings an authentic slice of Italy to the Northwest. Although the tiled dining room may get noisy, you'll be too enthralled by the signature Tuscan Limoncello Rosemary Drop...  Read More

Pioneer Square

The romantic atmosphere, enhanced by classical guitar music, may be the first thing you notice upon entering this venue. The second will surely be the aroma of perfectly-prepared Italian dishes. Excellent service and wonderful selections hint at...  Read More

Polished woods and hand-crafted detailing characterize this lovely restaurant, which features an open kitchen, along with upstairs and downstairs dining rooms (and some patio seating in warmer months). Frequented by professionals at lunch, Tulio...  Read More


Funky and hip, this Italian eatery features rustic food and boasts live entertainment in the adjacent lounge. The interior has a certain bohemian charm, but the best area to dine is on the rooftop deck, which affords a magnificent view of Puget...  Read More

Comfortable and unpretentious, Serafina has been a Seattle favorite for years. This charming outpost has become one of the main culinary draws of the Eastlake neighborhood, and the adjoining Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar is an excellent place for...  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