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Sexy Feast: Play with Your “Pasta” at Il Terrazzo Carmine

Café Juanita, Spinasse, Anchovies & Olives are Italian restaurants in the area that are making headlines and getting well-deserved recognition. Meanwhile, in Pioneer Square, there’s a place that quietly continues to bring classic Italian cuisine and service to diners, as they have since 1984: Il…
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Sexy Feast: Lascivious Lasagna at Lago

I think it’s fair to say it’s one of the classic dishes of the Seattle area: lasagna at Cafe Lago. The restaurant’s faithful have been coming for it since 1990, while others are just discovering it–most recently on Monday night when Chef/Owner Jordi Viladas offered…
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A very fine meal at Volterra

Sometimes you go out and a meal is everything you hope it will be. Such was the case at Volterra recently. Every dish was solid, not in a “Wow, this is life-changing” way, but in a way that made me say on this evening, “Wow,…
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Salmon in the Battle for Seattle

Summer also marked the first Battle in Seattle, featuring Chef David Hahne of host restaurant Enotria against Chef Takashi Ogasawara of Rain Modern Infusion Cuisine. In this crudo versus sashimi competition, the secret ingredient was salmon, and both chefs plated up three courses for a…
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Chanterelles and chestnuts at Cantinetta

Omakase, like I had at Shiro’s just the other day, is an exercise of trust. If I were to do omakase at an Italian restaurant in Seattle, I think I’d choose Cantinetta. Earlier this year, I raved about a bowl of brodo with pork tortellini…
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Zipping in to Tavolata for Zeppole

We didn’t need dessert. Really. Akiko had just taken me for a fabulous sushi dinner to celebrate my birthday, and we were quite full. Plus, at home, should the sweet tooth strike, we had homemade lemongrass ice cream, fudge-like brownies, and other treats. But as…
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Enchanting Cantinetta, and its bowl of brodo

On 41st, between Wallingford Avenue North and Burke Avenue North. No, there’s no restaurant there, but it’s where I’m tempted to move, as it would be exactly in between restaurants offering some of my favorite meals of late. It’s no secret that I’m a big…
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Dishin’: Cascina Spinasse and the School of Pasta

This was a big deal. We usually go out for so-called “exotic” food like bugs, tripe, and chicken liver mousse popsicles (dipped in dark chocolate), but for a belated birthday dinner, we wanted to check out the fuss about Cascina Spinasse. We rarely go out…
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Dishin': Getting Sauced at Tidbit

Per the dictionary definition, a tidbit is a delicate or tender morsel of food…a choice or pleasing bit. Tidbit, the north Capitol Hill restaurant that’s Italian meets Spanish in a non-fusion fashion, offered us tidbits aplenty during a recent visit. And it was in the…
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Dishin': Something Sweetly Spicy at Dulces

What is it about a dumpling that’s so delightful? We love dough that’s filled and then folded or otherwise formed. Dumplings come in different shapes and sizes (recall our reviews of pelmeni, xiao long bao, and har gow, to name a few) and cut across…
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