Seattle >Food & Dining > Osteria La Spiga
1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.613716 -122.316998
Sunday - Thursday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Neighborhoods: Broadway, Capitol Hill
In Italy, the osteria is an inviting neighborhood spot where locals savor fresh, seasonal food while enjoying the company of good friends. Renowned for its Northern Italian cuisine, La Spiga Italian Restaurant is authentic enough in both food and ambience to make you feel a wave of nostalgia, even if you've never been to Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Using the very finest ingredients, menus are changed seasonally to reflect what is freshest in local markets. As co-owner and host Pietro Borghesi says, "An evening at La Spiga is like dining in Italy without the plane fare." Quality live music Sunday and Monday adds to the welcoming ambience. Ideal for night owls, an outstanding late evening menu and imaginative cocktail list makes La Spiga a favorite last stop until closing. Reservations recommended. Call for info regarding Catering/Private Events.
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Happy Hour is 5-6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and also 11-midnight Fridays and Saturdays
A great room, solid food and a wonderful atrium and deck make this Cap Hill room buzz.
Like most things that have been around awhile, this restaurant has morphed and changed from its original incarnation off Broadway. The current space is ridiculously beautiful and the food is still good, despite the venue's ability to serve (at least) three times as many diners. Don't expect the same food you knew back in the day, but expect a warm and welcoming space to have a lovely evening.
Fabulous flavors! – Went here for the first time and loved it. We sat at the bar and had a great meal. Loved the simple entrees and fabulous flavors from each dish we tried.
The portions are too small – I had dinner there yesterday and I ordered affettati misti as aptetizer and malfatti as entree. The food was good (not excellent) however the malfatti dish was half of the standard portion. I had to eat more at home since I was starving when I was back. Considering that a dish of malfatti costs $15 (plus taxes and tips goes up to $20), I'd expect a reasonable portion to fill out my stomach.
Good food, More servers needed – We arrived on Sat night during the busiest time, were seated and waited 20 minutes for anyone to acknowlege our presence. Our server was very apologetic and very nice, but she kept on having to apologize throughout the evening... We ordered the tasting menu and the wrong wines were served, the meals took a while to arrive, etc. She just seemed like she was in the weeds. The back up help did not seem to be so helpful. How about putting more servers on the floor when they have to trek so far from the kitchen to the upper loft?
The food was fine, we enjoyed the tasting menu. I enjoyed the mortadella and the taglielle w/ truffle butter... there were a few too many onions and not enough peppers served with the sausage, and the sausage was a little overdone.
Not sure if we will go back on a busy night. Maybe it would be better if it were not so busy.
I finally tried La Spiga last night. I had heard mixed reviews from friends ranging from absolute adoration to complete disgust. My thoughts?: Yes, fine, the interior is great looking but it just makes me that much more pissed-off at the quality of the food. Do the owners think that a good looking restaurant will dupe people into believing that what they're eating is tasty? Based on all the rave reviews...clearly the optical illusion works and tricks your tastes buds! Between my friends and I we shared two appetizers, the fried seafood mix and this flatbread thing with spinach and cheese. For the entree I had the tagliatelle with truffle butter. On a scale of 1-10 (1 means I wouldn't eat there if I was starving, 5 means I could eat there again, and 10 being I'll crave it all the time) I would rate the restaurant a 3.5. I will not be going to La Spiga again. The price and the taste do not match up. I would rather pay a little more and get something tastier and/or pay less and eat somewhere not as fancy. Blah!
Always Bad Service (usually pretty good food) – I live just a few blocks from La Spiga and go there, each time hoping the service will improve. It never does. We consistently feel like we're inconveniencing both the hostess and wait staff by presuming to eat. Food tastes great, but I've given La Spiga its last chance. Hire some service staff that don't consider themselves better than the clientele.
Terrible staff – After being ignored, glared at and purposely seated at the worst table in the empty restaurant, we opted to leave before ordering any food. If you're looking for a fine dining experience with service to match, avoid Spiga.
Turned my whole night around – I had to pop on and review after seeing some of the angrier reviews on here. I stopped in to see the new space and have a drink, and the service was so good I had to order some food. The food was so good I had to order some more, and by the end of a couple of hours I just had to talk to the charming Pietro and congratulate him on his wonderful restaurant. It just reminded me how a simple dish, lovingly prepared and served can really change your whole night around. The food, service, and ambience were all 5-star. You NEED to eat here.
A mediocre choice, will not be going there again – I ate dinner there with a friend last night, and unfortunately what we were expecting based on the positive reviews was not what we experienced. I made a reservation a week in advance and specifically requested a windowside table, but not only did we have to wait 10-15 minutes to be seated but it was also a couple tables away from the window (note: I think this was due to age discrimination - my friend and I are both 19 - because while we were waiting an open windowside table was given to two older women). We shrugged it off as it wasn't that important to us, but then we had to wait another 15 minutes or so for any waiter to even stop by our table. Service I can only describe as curt, and though we appreciated how quickly our food came out, the food was pretty unimpressive. We both got the veal and split the crostini appetizer. For a $60 meal, there are many, many better options for Italian restaurants in Seattle.
So Flashy the Service suffers – Remember the old la Spiga? Comfortable atmosphere, knowledgable staff, authentic food. The food is still there. If you don't mind asparagus or meat in nearly every dish. But don't try any substitutions or additions. You will be scolded. We got seated right away and then waited and waited for someone to take our drink order, only to have the server inform us about what we couldn't eat, add or substitute. She promised bread and olive oil but in the end our actual salad came first. When the bread did arrive it came in a kind of drive-by-throw-down by a staff member who didn't make eye contact and turned his back immediately, running off in another direction. We tried to ask him for olive oil but he was already gone in a flash.
My poor husband wanted the heartiest meal on the menu and our server suggested the sausage dish but when it arrived he got 3 measly pieces of cubed potatoes among bell peppers on the side. Hardly a sizable side dish. When he asked for more potatoes, the server was put out and later let us know that his potatoes would take some time as they were "made to order". It's always a bad sign when the staff goes out their way to tell you what a PAIN you are as a customer. A pricey meal from which we both left ticked off and mildly hungry. Too bad. The previous restaurant by the same owner was outstanding.
Great date night location! – I was WOWWED from the moment i walked in - yes we did have a reservation, for 7 of women for a birthday - but looking around there seemed to be lots of couples and close conversations... the breathtaking ceiling, the wooden beams, the huge windows - and the wine list are wonderful. there is a tasting menu - very resonable $, that is put together and made for 2 people, and includes 3 antipasti (you don't choose, you get them all!) and 2 pastas, and 1 meat and 1 dessert - and the with wine it was only $55! wow
go, run, make a reservation and park somewhere safe!
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