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Italian >Pasta Bella Ballard
5913 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810747.672120 -122.376211
Tue 5:10pm- 5:00pm
Sun 4:00am- 9:00pm
Neighborhoods: Adams, Ballard
Amazing Place for a Romantic Night Out – My boyfriend took me here for Valentine's Day. As we drove up to the restaurant we saw a line out the door. We had reservations but knew we would have to wait. Fortunately, the wait was not all that long, 15 minutes. While we were waiting, we watched the staff who were working like clock work together. Things seemed to be running smoothly.
We were seated in a cozy corner in the back. Our waiter was excellent (I wish I remembered his name). Almost everything on the menu looked delicious, but I narrowed it down to 3 choices. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and recommend the Spinach Walnut Ravioli. This dish is absolutely amazing. I enjoyed every bite of it. My boyfriend had the lasagna which was just as delectable as my ravioli. For desert, there was a wonderful Tiramisu and the coffee was excellent as well.
Overall, it was a fantastic night. The food was excellent, the wait staff top-notch, and the price was unbeatable!
What Happened? – My husband and I walked into the venue only to be greeted with a stare down and smug look on the face of the waiter/owner/manager...not sure who the person was. The restaurant was not even half full and the waiter sat us at the only table by itself where the traffic of staff and patrons was constant. Not only were we placed away from all other patrons, as if we were second-class citizens, but dusty bottles and dirty silverware surrounded us. We waited for our server to come over and ask us if we wanted anything to drink or to advise us of any house specials and/or wine selections but NO ONE came. We saw the same person who greeted us tend to one table and disregarded not only me and my husband, but other patrons as well. There were ample wait staff and minimal patrons and for NO ONE to serve us was completely unprofessional and rude. After 15 minutes of being seated and not ONE acknowledgement, we left and went to another fabulous Italian restaurant. We are highly disappointed, as we have frequented Past Bella many times in the past. We will never be back! On a positive note, this experience was a good one for us, as we found another venue more to our liking and worth spending a ton of money at! Good luck Pasta Bella...you will need it!
Found-Great Italian Food and Great Service – Being new to the area, we were in search of good Italian food. Pasta Bella on 15th Avenue did not disappoint. We were seated immediately on prom night! I asked our server what everyone orders here. He suggested a spinach ravioli dish or a chicken dish (had with a sweeter sauce on it) I chose the chicken dish and it was better than imagined. We had our usual Italian beer and my husband chose the steak-not as good as my chicken we both agreed. We enjoyed the Italian dining room with the paintings and all it's ambience and will go back for the food! The food was above tasty!
Wonderiffic!!! – Excellent food! I've had the Carbonara and the Involtini, and I can honestly say that these are the most delicious Italian dishes I've ever had. I love the roasted garlic and bread idea as well; other restaurants would do well to imitate. The setting is great too; I felt like I was in some little crowded cafe in Venice :)
Slice of Italy in Seattle – Every relative I have calls me so I can take them to Pasta Bella. The homemade pastas, great wines, sunny deck, fun fireplace and neighborhood romance make Pasta Bella stand out as the Best Italian in the city. Make sure to try the homemade Gnocchi for an out of this world experience.
Good Fresh Pasta, expensive wine – We went there after reading about it on City Search. We were expecting to have to wait but there were several empty tables when we arrived around 7pm on a Sunday night. The food was very good. We only ordered pasta, but the salads and soup also looked good. Both pasta dishes were very tasty and were served hot. The bread and roasted garlic was a nice touch. The prices were moderate (about $13 per plate). However, we ordered a half carafe of the house chianti and it was a rip off. It was $12 and very bad. I don't expect much in a house wine but this was quite bad and way too much money for what it was. I would go back for the food but either splurge on a regular bottle of wine or just stick with water. The service was OK, but not great.
Best Italian food! – Pasta Bella is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. I don't know how they do it, but any dish you try on their menu is outstanding. The Fettucine con Funghi - wow! Be careful as once you have tried it, you will never order anything else on the menu. You will also be thinking of excuses to eat at Pasta Bella a couple of times a week. Pasta Bella also confirmed our raves for the restaurant after a different well-reviewed Italian restaurant gave us such poor service, we walked out. We immediately drove to Pasta Bella and were treated like kings.
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