Storied Italian women are said to sit on old stools set on cobblestone streets, rolling gnocchi off forks, pinching pasta into hankie shapes or cutting it into short tubes. Locally, pasta makers hand-cut fine, fresh pastas, too, and they are stunningly good. Our favorite local pasta dishes run the gamut, from understated elegance to decadent and over the top. Try them all and see what we mean.
If we had to make a bucket list of Seattle’s must-try pastas, these impossibly elegant noodles, made on Capitol Hill, easily make the cut. We prefer the fine egg-yellow strands dressed only in sage butter, but you can also choose to have them dressed in the restaurant’s classic ragu. What’s most important, really, is that you do indeed have them, that you close your eyes and really taste them. And that you go back often to do it again. ($17)
at Cafe Lago
Could this Montlake restaurant be home to Seattle’s most iconic pasta dish? Sheets of pasta so thin they’re pierced by the slightest pressure of the fork, ricotta and a house-made béchamel sauce in dreamy layers, and that sweet, bright tomato sauce that seems impossible to achieve so far from summer. This is lasagne. All the others that came before were just practice. ($22)
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