What are the best Italian restaurants in Seattle?

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You’ll discover authentic cooking from around the world in Seattle with chefs using all kinds of locally grown Northwestern produce. If you fancy Italian food, look no further than Al Boccalino, Assaggio Ristorante, Tavolàta and Tulio Ristorante.

Al Boccalino. The Pioneer Square restaurant, Al Boccalino, features a menu that draws from northern and southern Italy. Don’t miss the lasagna stuffed with crimini mushrooms and caramelized onions.

Assaggio Ristorante. The staff at Assaggio Ristorante welcomes guests like family. You’ll feel right at home when you sit down to dishes such as pappardelle with wild boar ragu.

Tavolàta. The city’s chic masses flock to Tavolàta, an industrial-looking eatery by hit-making Seattle restaurateur Ethan Stowell, to chat over linguine with clams at the 30-foot-long communal table.

Tulio Ristorante. You know Tulio Ristorante is dedicated to using fresh organic ingredients when eco-activist Al Gore gives it a thumbs-up - the former vice-president has eaten here. Choose from a slew of Italian favorites from sweet potato gnocchi to calamari.

Cuoco. I have the cappelletti. It’s a little flower-shaped pasta with the fonduta inside. It’s done with a charred broccoli and butter. It’s orgasmic, you could say. Then I go to Cascina Spinasse, and depending on what it has it on its menu, I usually order rabbit or veal breast. I love what it does with braised meats and pastas. It does a beautiful tajarin — just crazy-good Piedmontese food.

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