map-italyTime for a new BEST OF series article; in this one we’re on the hunt for the best Italian restaurant in town. Of course you’ve got your Spaghetti Factory, Pallino Pastaria, and Olive Gardens. But where do our readers go when they are looking for something that isn’t a large chain, something witha little something special? Let’s see what our staff and readers have to say:

The CeSI staff already highlighted one of their favorites in a previous issue of NWGC. Enter the door of Grazie Ristorante Southcenter and you experience a lovely reprieve. Ideal for a small dinner party, one on one or small group business strategy lunch, father-daughter date or first, second or more date. The intimate, warm and calm setting provides a great backdrop for good conversation and authentic Italian cuisine.” Read more at -Grazie Ristorante Southcenter 16943 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila, WA 98188

Alejandra– I love Ristorante Doria in the University District. It is owned by Chef Marcelo who is a Sicilian chef and friend. He is a sommelier as well so he pairs wines with very authentic food. It can be a bit pricy but it is great for a date night and my husband and I have loved the food every time we went. Ristorante Doria 4759 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

Sarah My favorite for Italian is definitely Cafe Veloce in Totem Lake. They have some of the best pizza and pasta I have ever eaten! They have fantastic service, wonderful wine, and it’s a cozy restaurant that is also family owned and family friendly! Café Veloce 12514 120th Ave Ne, Kirkland

Jennifer-My far and away best choice for Italian is That’s Amore in the Mt. Baker neighborhood of Seattle. I have never had such good service at any other restaurant, Italian or otherwise plus affordable prices, a small private setting, and a view of downtown Seattle at sunset. Did I mention the food is splendid? It is, most certainly. That’s Amore 1425 31st Ave S, Seattle