Seattle >Food & Dining > Machiavelli Ristorante
1215 Pine St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.615035 -122.328077
Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Broadway
This Italian joint has been a main stay on Capitol Hill for 25 years. Once you smell the garlic and taste the pasta - like the Linguini alle Vongole - you'll understand why.
Not horrible. – I've been waiting to go here for a while. I've heard mixed reviews but lately my friend told me it tasted like the food in Rome. Convinced we went, and if the this is like the food in Rome, I'm not sure I want to go there. The food wasn't bad, just not very good. The service was ok, but we had three waiters/waitresses and when I asked what was good our waitress replied "all of it". I wouldn't recommend eating here, but wouldn't tell people not to go.
Great food, long wait. – This place is really good and the quality of the food is wonderful. I got the gnocchi with alfredo sauce and I have never had an alfredo sauce in a restaurant that I found comparable to my family's cooking. Needless to say, it was very authentic tasting and the gnocchi was done to perfection. It's small and romantic, but it is also very crowded. I sat in a small two-person table that overlooked the street and felt very romantic and private, despite the lack of room. I would avoid weekends and dinner hours if you don't want to wait 40 minutes to an hour (I'm not kidding). But the wait is worth it, if they expanded, the food would likely suffer. The service was really great too.
well worth the wait!!! – GREAT, GREAT, GREAT......
Read that we should go after or before peak hours so we strolled over around 9:30 ( short walk from downtown) still had to wait an hour in an overly crowded bar, which to me is a good thing:)....We finally got seated around 10:45 and did not finish till well past closing and not once did we feel rushed. Menu was not too small not too big and had some traditional Italian-American food. We had the Gnocchi and Carbonara, one word INCREDIBLE!!!!
Portions were not too big, so if you are a super size guy (like myself) try an appetizer, we had the cured beef with Arugila and parmesan, also very tasty...
The best affordable Italian in Seattle – I've been visiting for years, and it's a great place! I suggest going early so you can have the place (mostly) to yourself!
- Good, affordable Italian
- Nice atmosphere
- Competent wait staff
- Very busy during peak times (visit off peak!)
- Tables are a tad small due to the limited size of the resaurant
The World's Best Puttanesca--with Personality! – I've been eating at Machiavelli for 20 years or so (!) and have never been disappointed. (A few years ago, I had one entree that was not up to par but the rest of the meal was typically, great.)
The food is excellent as are the prices. Their puttanesca may be the best I've had. The wine list is always interesting and moderately priced.
The ambience is that of a charming neighborhood restaurant you might find in NYC's SOHO area and with one of the best people-watching locations anywhere. It's small and somewhat "cozy".
If you want a table by the windows--without waiting--get there before they open (at 5 PM)--especially on Saturdays.
Since there is "always room for improvement", I'll suggest that the wait staff try not to seem quite so rushed (even though they often are) as that kind of "hurry-up-and-decide" attitude detracts from the experience.
Best inexpensive good food – I felt that it was a unpretensious enviorment, a great place for my husband and son and I to have a great meal after/before a ball game. Was so pleased with the food, service and cleanliness. Will definetly be back.
Horrible customer service – We had to wait for our table over an hour. When I asked about our table the waitress was extremely rude. After we moved from the bar to our table they charged our card they had at the bar without even asking us. We were 2 couples and were planning to pay for our own part. They rushed us through dinner, almost threw the silverware at us. Even thought we weren't done with our evening, not to mention the second bottle of wine, they brought the bill and told us to pay up because they had to do their bills. The food was OK but definately not worth the wait or the rudest waitresses in town. Especially, when you are there to have good time and enjoy your meal!
Some of the most authentic Italian in Seattle! – The food is GREAT. I used to live in Italy and I'm very picky about Italian food, but this is some of the most authentic I've ever had in Seattle. The only downside is that it's small AND they don't take reservations, so either don't go on a weekend or get there early, like around 6, if you don't want to wait an hour.
Some of the city's best inexpensive pasta can be had at this quintessential neighborhood Italian joint. – The Scene
Flickering candles, decorative wine bottles and 13 tables with red tablecloths offer a warm, welcome retreat in a neighborhood built on hip and cool. Couples share plates of pasta on romantic, affordable dates while seasoned servers negotiate the perpetually crowded dining room.
The menu is unpretentious, filled with longtime favorites such as heavenly penne with roasted red-pepper pesto, eggplant parmigiana ever-so-lightly covered with cheese and linguini with clams in marinara sauce. Tuna carpaccio, dressed with capers and balsamic-Dijon dressing, may result in fork fights for the last bite. The stellar chicken Milanese--soaked in lemon and delicately breaded--shouldn't be missed, though it often sells out on weekends. The light and airy pumpkin cheesecake makes for a perfect finish.
It makes me sad – We really want to like this place but after two trips I can't say I am impressed. The first trip the food was pretty ehh. The last time the food was ok but we got over charged on the bill 2 pasta dishes one salad and a glass of wine for $60. Sadly I didnt catch it till we got home. For that price we could definatly go someplace with truly good italian food. We live down the street and i've heard such great things but I have yet to have anything but mediocre food.
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