Seattle >Food & Dining > Italian Spaghetti House-Pizzeria
9824 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811547.700706 -122.302688
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 4:30pm - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 4:30pm - 10:30pm
Neighborhoods: North, North Seattle, Victory Heights
Been customers for years. Very disappointed. – My parents started taking us to this restaurant when we were kids. My parents are gone now and my sister and I have enjoyed meals at this restaurant for years until tonight. Our fav meal there was the manicotti and that is what my sister ordered tonight. I ordered the veal marsala which was pretty good but the portions were greatly reduced and everything was ala carte when they used to have a choice of a full meal with salad, soup, entree, & ice cream or the ala carte meal. I had the veal because I am on a low carb diet and when I asked if I could replace the side of pasta with vegetables, the server said that they did not have any although they could substitute a salad. The mushrooms on my veal were not fresh, they were canned although they tasted good. My sister's manicotti consisted of green pasta, which she was not expecting, but the server said that it was spinach pasta. She said the manicotti tasted like warm noodles with cottage cheese inside with very little mozzarella cheese on top. They have cut back on the salads, which used to have a slice of provolone cheese plus a couple slices of salami. The server took off the manicotti from the bill because my sister could not eat it. When we left, we went to the front and voiced our concerns about the food, but the woman we spoke with did nothing but make excuses and said that there were lots of new items on the menu and we should come back. Needless to say, we will not be back. This was my parent's favorite Italian restaurant for years and if they were still alive, they would be shocked if they experienced the reduced quality of food that we experienced tonight.
Love it. – My wife and I use to eat here very often, wish they would open shop in Kirkland. Food is consistant, always feel welcome. Portions are perfect.The food is great! The BEST family Italian spot I have found in town.
unimpressive – So, my boyfriend and I would always see this place on our way to the gym, and one weeknight, decided to give it a try. We were promptly seated, though our waitress was a bit grumpy. We ordered drinks, and I received my wine in a glass with a very obvious lipstick stain on the lip of the glass. Ick! I informed the waitress and she promptly returned with a different glass. I ordered the lasagna with a salad, and my boyfriend ordered a meat pizza. The bread in the basket was somewhat hard, and they included those cracker type ones, which I've never seen outside of a cafeteria. My lasagna looked like something you could get from the frozen aisle at the store, and tasted like it too. The pizza had a similar flavor and texture to grade school cafeteria food. I think even I could make better pizza and lasagna than what we had. For dessert we split spumoni icecream, which was fine, but then again, only required moving the item from one container to another. There's too many great restaurants to eat at to waste your time with this one.
Amazing pizza! – I adore going to the Italian Spaghetti House, particularly on weeknights when it's not as crowded. I've never had anything there besides the pizza, but I've seen no reason to - it's AMAZING. By far the best pizza I've ever had - give it a try, it's worth it!
This place is a cultural icon. Best family Italian in town. – The late owner started this shortly after the war, and it has been a cultural icon since. Several generations of families have gronw up with this place. To my kids (and all of thier buds, and thier folks) up here in NE it is thier requested treat. Sure, some folks may scoff at "Americanized Italian" but everyone needs to drop the Seattle elitist foody schtick once in a while and join together as a familal unit or group of good friends and enjoy a big pile of cheese/tomato/basil. Always friendly, always consistent. If you are looking for filo, or tahini, or truffle oil, or sun-dried whatever then look elsewhere... Just lighten up and order a #14 and find real peace and harmony watching the kids smiles...
Bad food, bad service – Unfriendly service, bland pasta. I had not been there for 10 years after being disappointed then. I'll try again in 15 years.
Best Pizza and Italian food – You have to try the veal marsala it can't be beat, be sure to get the full meal it comes with soup and salad. My partner and I have been going here for years.
Avoid this restaurant. – Just went early on a Friday evening. Not much friendliness to speak of. Food tasted good. The most cordial the waitress got was when I left. Her service was one of the poorest experiences I have ever had, right down to her top rolled black stockings showing below her hemline. My husband and grand daughter went out to the car after we had all finished eating. I waited and waited and waited for the waitress to acknowlege this, to no avail. Finally (after about 8 minutes) as she wisked past me I asked for a to-go box. When she brought this she did ask if there would be anything else, I said, no just the check. Took at least another 5 minutes for this to come. Almost immediately she came back and asked if I needed her to take it up front for change. Fortunately, I had the exact amount for the check, right down to the forty-four cents, Which is all I left. No Tip was left, which is not like me at all, having been a waitress years ago. She did manage to say goodbye as I was walking out the door, I didn't reply.
School cafeteria-quality pasta. Friendly waitress. Unfriendly hostess. – We visited the restaurant on a weekday evening when it wasn't very busy. Our first impression wasn't a good one. Upon entering the restaurant there were four employees in immediate view, but nobody greeted us. We stood there for a while wondering whether we should seat ourselves when one of the women behind the counter finally asked us if we were there for dinner. She brought us to our table without a word, put two menus on the table, and walked away. No "hello" or "enjoy your dinner" or anything. It isn't something I typically think about or even notice until it's missing.
Our waitress, on the other hand was very friendly and provided great service. She was the best part of the evening. She checked back often and was fun to interact with. Kudos to her. Ambiance-wise the place looks dated, with yellowish lights and smoked-brown glasses and condiment containers. The doors on the front foyer don't quite close all the way. Overall it wasn't dirty or anything but there wasn't anything that made the place particularly interesting or comforatble. We ordered two pasta dishes and unfortunately they were very unimpressive. The pasta was soggy, and the sauces were very bland and generic as one would expect in a school cafeteria or a highway-side service area. I can't remember the last time I've been so disappointed with an Italian restaurant's pasta. I've seen positive reviews for their pizza but we didn't try it. Perhaps that accounts for the difference in ratings?
The price for our two-person dinner came to over $30 with tax and tip. We didn't even order alcohol or any beverages. Given that you can get a much better italian meal at Il Fornaio downtown or Palermo on Capitol Hill, I can't recommend this place. Heck, the pasta at Sbarro is better. I wish I had something better to say since it's a family-run local restaurant, but I wanted to provide my impressions to people here to balance out the extreme claims in some of the other reviews.
Go if you want to get sick after eating! – I pass by this place all the time and the parking lot is always full. i decided to go in there with my friend one night. First of all, their bread is dry and the butter solid... I ordered their sphagetti with sausage.. the service was relatively quick.. but the sausage was horrible... it was undercooked and tasteless (not like an italian sausage should be). My friend had ordered chicken parmiagana... he got a really small helping of spaghetti on the side and a thick layer of tasteless cheese floating on the chicken. As if the food itself was not bad enough, I got sick within an hour of eating there! I don't know why so many people trash chains like Olive Garden, atleast for the money you pay, I have never been disappointed with their food/service or gotten sick from eating there.
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