When Italian food is on your mind, you want a great glass of wine, and a place where the ambiance and food meet your expectations, and then some.  Here are a few of the best Italian restaurants Seattle has to offer.

Barolo Ristorante
1940 Westlake Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Barolo’s, given two thumbs up recently in an article by The New York Times, is fun, bold and sassy. The red wine flows, the ambiance is romantically Italian, and you can just bet that Mama is in the kitchen stirring up her famous sauce. The pastas are homemade, the grilled meats and seafood done to perfection. It’s classic Italian fare with a modern twist. And tiramisu. Of course. Stop in for an amazing happy hour, with wine and appetizer specials. Try the antipasto platter. It’s filling and delicious.

Il Terrazzo Carmine
411 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

The one word that describes Il Terrazzo Carmine: elegant. The Pioneer Square restaurant has been owned and operated by Carmine Smeraldo for over 26 years, and the ambiance is as if Carmine invited you into his dining room for a meal. The courtyard entrance reminds you of the little cafés off the Piazza in the old country. The lamb, veal and risotto dishes are authentically prepared. Zuppe and Insalate choices for lunch or dinner are vast and delicious. Linger over your meal, enjoy a cappuccino or another glass of chianti. Salute.

Osteria La Spiga
1429 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Have some celebrating to do? Even if you don’t, you’ll feel like it’s a party at Osteria La Spiga. Based on the Northern regions of Italy, Chef Sabrina Tinsley creates a world-famous lasanga, bakes warm peasant bread each day, as well as piadina, a flat bread popular in the Emilia-Romagna region. Sabrina also comes up with amazing vegetarian and gluten-free options. With accolades from InStyle and Seattle Magazine, Sabrina also went toe to toe in 2009 with Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America. Needless to say, it will be a meal and an experience not soon forgotten. Dine inside, or in summer, dine alfresco and watch an Italian flick. You can also purchase select homemade pastas (frozen), tomato sauce, truffle butter, extra virgin olive oils and trays of lasagna to enjoy at home.

5411 Ballard Ave Northwest
Seattle Washington 98107

Described by Rachael Ray as one of her “favorite restaurants in the world”, you will definitely want to make a reservation before heading to Volterra. Romantic and impeccably decorated, with chandeliers, sconces, and hanging alabaster light fixtures carved by artisans in Volterra, the food is just as amazing as the decor. Noted by Wine Spectator and Gourmet Magazine, Chef Don Curtiss has made the Pacific Northwest’s favorites meld with Italy’s. Come for the polenta with wild mushrooms, Dungeness crab ravioli, or mussels with house made Italian sausage in red sauce. Then enjoy one of the cocktail specialties, like the Tuscan Limoncello Rosemary Drop. Buon Appetito!

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