Burien >Food & Dining > Filiberto's Italian Restaurant
653 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA | Directions 9816647.466800 -122.343961
great food, miserably slow service – The food here is truly wonderful, but the kitchen and servers are painfully slow. It is a family-run business, and Mina (the chef/owner) turns out great meals, but they need to hire another chef to help her out and at least another server or two for weekends. As it is now, they cannot keep up and the service is more than slow. The ambience is also very lacking, so it's not the kind of place where you enjoy sitting for hours for a slow and luxurious meal. Due to the "leisurely pace" of the service, it is not a great place for kids -- even older kids -- because no matter how well-behaved they are, the long, long wait is going to make them restless (at best.) Try it on a weeknight, keep your fingers crossed that it's not too busy.
The best Italian food on the west coast – Filibertos is not about a quick meal. If you want to sit, relax, visit with friends and have a nice relaxing dinner this is the place. The servers have all been there for years. Mina is the best Italian Chef on the west coast. She's been cooking since childhood and considers herself a good beginner. Her love of food is obvious when your plate arrives. Fresh pastas, beautiful sauces. Try the Puttanesca, just the right spicy kick. Eggplant is fantastic, Pizzas are the best in Seattle. Just be prepared to slow down, relax and enjoy. Hint, servers can be a little abrupt, but if you be nice they'll take damn good care of you.
Authentic – I grew up with the Italians in the Green River Valley. My buddy and best man at my wedding was Italian. I served in Italy after VE Day. I love Italian cooking. Filiberto's is very much like the food I ate as a kid and as a S/Sgt. Mina is a great cook and if things are not to busy will cook to request, i.e. early on week days. Sauces and pastas are very good but I really like Pesce Marinara (fish in red sauce) I go there about six times a year for the past 20 yrs
Italian Food in Burien – The food is definitely the focal point of this resturant. Wonderful pastas, appetizers, entrees, desserts and a very good italian wine selection. It's a family run place with good service that could stand improvement. The staff is very nice, they just don't have a enough people to keep up with the weekend crowds. Don't let this discourage you from going. It's worth some mediocre service for some first rate food that makes you feel at home!
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