Although Seattle is not known for its Italian food, there are a few Italian restaurants in the city worth mentioning. Pasta Bella is one of them. Not only was the food delicious there, the environment was also cozy and welcoming. It’s one of those places that leave you with a warm, homely feeling.
My husband is from an Italian neighborhood on the East Coast and he’s used to eating Italian food most nights. When we first moved to Seattle, he missed his family a lot. Needless to say, when my mother-in-law visited us, he was thrilled! So we picked Pasta Bella as a place to celebrate.
There are two Pasta Bella locations in Seattle. One is in Queen Anne and the other is in Ballard. We chose the one in Queen Anne.
The restaurant took up the second floor of an old mansion. As soon as we entered, it felt like going to someone’s house. It gave us a rather comforting feeling, with a burning fireplace, plush booths seating, and creaky hardwood floor in the dining room.
There is a bar too, filled with wine and liquor and empty glasses hung from the racks. From the bar, I ordered the most amazing espresso! It was bitter with sweetness, rich with flavor.
For someone who often eats at chain restaurants, I am used to big menus and lots of choices. At Pasta Bella, the menu was small, with only a few dishes to select from. This made the place more authentic, and we all appreciated that.
My mother-in-law and I picked the Vitello or veal, while my husband opted for Pasta Fresca (fresh pasta). The restaurant was full that night but the food came quickly. As the first piece of veal entered my mouth, I was struck by its delicious taste!
In a very short time, we finished our plates. The most I remember about my veal was its tenderness and how fresh and creamy the sauce was. I loved it!
To conclude our time at Pasta Bella, we shared a huge piece of home-made Italian Tira Misu. Soaked in espresso and dark cocoa, the cake along with its whipped topping melted in my mouth. What a sweet way to end our meal!
My husband moved to Seattle with me because he just can’t resist the city’s natural beauty and vibrant style. But there are times he misses his home town. However, with restaurants like Pasta Bella that serves delicious and authentic Italian cuisines, he can often be reminded of the East Coast. As for me, I still don’t know too much about Italian food, but I know I liked Pasta Bella.
Pasta Bella Queen Anne
1530 Queen Anne Ave N # A
Seattle, WA 98109-5718
Pasta Bella Ballard
5909 15th Avenue Northwest
Seattle, Washington 98107
Pasta Bella Website