Eating Al Dente in Downtown Seattle

After we ring in the New Year, doesn’t the grey sky and freezing temps make everything seem lackluster? All the holiday lights are back in storage and the festivities have trickled down to nothing.

Winter is upon us, and the recipe to cure the cold weather doldrums is warm pasta smothered in rich Alfredo, bright tomato sauce, and/or mixed with the gooiest of cheeses. Celebrate winter by carbing up at some of Seattle’s choice Italian restaurants. These eateries are highly recommended, and it’s so much fun to make a weekend trip to visit the bustling Seattle downtown scene. Live like a local and get a vacation rental home when you come. You’ll get to know some of the area’s hubs just by wandering around the neighborhood.

Lovebird’s Night Out
If it’s a couple’s trip out of town, these restaurants hit the mark with their ambiance and diverse take on everyday Italian foods. The Pink Door uses choice organic and seasonal ingredients and locally sources the food as much as they can. Seasonal menus change, but the cabaret is year-round! Always free, the live entertainment goes on through the week except for Monday. Live musicals, tap-dancing troupe, and singer on a 20-foot swing will entertain you as you dine.

Tuilo Ristorante has a diverse menu that offers a full list of gluten free and vegetarian dining options, like dairy free risotto and a “four season” pizza. Everyone recommends getting the gnocchi and the bone in ribeye is made even more delectable with a side of bone marrow butter. If a great glass (or bottle) of wine is what tickles your fancy, their expansive vino list that was highlighted in Seattle’s Met won’t disappoint.

Pleasing the Palate for the Entire Family
Satisfying all the family’s taste is near impossible, but you simply can’t go wrong when you visit these traditional restaurants in downtown Seattle.

Café Bengodi is a piece of Little Italy right off 1st Avenue. A quaint place to eat, they boast real Italian food with home style portions, just right for taking leftovers back to the vacation home rental for a lovely midnight snack.

Even the pickiest eaters will love Pizzeria Credo. Known as Seattle’s best wood fired pizza, they also have authentic pastas with everything from standard marinara sauce to a rich pancetta, parmesan, cream, and egg sauce choices. The pizza variety hits the mark, too. Unusual toppings like clams, poached pears, and caramelized fennel keeps the adventurous eater interested and the delicious, traditional pizzas won’t disappoint the meager eaters, either.

Making a trip to downtown Seattle is such an exciting way to spend a weekend or even a month. Traveling is made much more comfortable when you make yourself home at a vacation home rental instead of a hotel. After you sample some satisfying Italian fare, why not make use of the full kitchen and try your hand at recreating the wonderful recipes? Having the entire house to yourself mean you can sing, cook, and possibly dance (if that’s your thing) any time you want. Visit Seattle and come to your second home, you won’t want to go anywhere else.

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