Burien >Food & Dining > Osteria Da Primo
631 B Sw 152nd Street, Burien, WA | Directions 9816647.466657 -122.343228
Best Most Authentic Italian Restaurant I've ever been to in the USA – My husband and I travel to the Seattle area (4 hours away from our home in Salem) approximately 3 times a month - specifically to eat at Osteria da Primo; that alone should tell you how good the restaurant is!
Osteria da Primo is the best - and most authentic - Italian restaurant I have ever been to in the United States. This is probably because the owner and cook is Italian! This is very important to me because I am a Professor of Latin and my husband is a Professor of Roman History and Archeology, so we spend every summer in Italy. Osteria da Primo is the only restaurant that fulfils our cravings for authentic - and amazingly delicious - Italian food.
The owners and waitstaff of Osteria da Primo are friendly and take good care of the customers. Within view of your table is an authentic wood-burning Pizza oven - just like those in Ancient Pompeii or Ostia - which is absolutely required to make authentic Italian pizza, quicky, at extremely high temperatures. The result is a flavor as if you were sitting in a Pizzeria in Trastevere, Rome - perfetto! The pasta are homemade as well, and the combination of flavors is to die for - Gorgonzola and Pistachio stuffed ravioli, for example. The menu is extensive so that anyone will find it almost hard to pick - because it all looks so good!
For those of you who travelled to Italy, and have found most of the the bland, garlic-laden American imitations to be lacking, don't give up - you CAN find real Italian food in the Pacific Northwest! But only at Osteria da Primo.
Vero Italiano! – We love this place. Being Italian, we usually don't eat out at Italian restaurants but we love this place! The food is amazing, just like we get when we return to Italy, actually better and more creative. Pizzas are perfectly cooked in a real woodfired oven, no gas flame used here, I would recommend the Biancaneve. The wine list is amazing, more like a bible of the great wines to be found in Italy, not just Chianti. We celebrate all our birthdays, anniversaries, and most Wednesday nights at Primo's. Give it a try, it's real Italian food!
Pizza, Pasta, Wine-who needs anything else? – We love this place, discovered it before we took a trip to Italy, and appreciate it even more after the trip. We now live on the eastside and still try to make a weekly visit.
The pizzas are cooked in the wood fired oven, tended carefully by Carlo.
The pastas are homemade and absolutely delicious, and the soups are wonderful.
We're frequent diners here and I still have trouble deciding what to choose from the menu.
Oh my - this place is awesome! – This restaurant is truly a great find. It is so warm and welcoming - and the food is amazing! The deep fried risottoballs are to die for, the pizza is awesome - and the Italian sausage is breathtaking. They have a truly amazing wine list, that is obviously very carefully and artfully put together. And hands down the absolute best tiramissu that i have ever tasted. And trust me, I am an expert! The owner and wait staff are a dream - you do not find places like this around much anymore. Buon Appetito - enjoy!!!
Pleasant and surprisingly good – Okay, my first review but I just can't keep a secret....I was told by a friend to go here for "real Italian" cuisine. Well, I'm not sure I know what that is, but they knocked my socks off! The gniochi is to die for - both versions, loved the deep fried risotto and the Pollo alla Carlo was delicious! I asked the waiter to recommend a wine and I wasn't dissappointed. I've been there many times since and think I've created a small following of out of town collegues. It's now one of our favorite spots to meet and I haven't been dissappointed by a meal yet! Try it - you'll like it!
Appetizers, wine & service – I stopped by after work one day for a glass of wine. The owner and staff were visiting with the few customers enjoying an early dinner. I was pleased with the wine selection and decided to invite a friend down to join me. We ate appetizers and drank wine for hours while learning all about food and Italy. They also were advertising the Marti Gras celebration dinner they host. The entire evening felt like when I would sit in the kitchen at Grandma Bosco's enjoying hand-made ravioli and chatting about nothing important. It was an Italian family dinner for sure.
Editorial Review – Osteria de Primo indulges guests with tasty Italian dishes and woodfire brick pizza, customized with favorite ingredients.
Great pizza & pasta in a relaxed setting – If you're looking for a little Italian restaurant with an "old country" family feel to it and you hate chain restaurants, then this is the place for you. Surprisingly it's in an old Burien strip mall, but the interior has a nice feel and the food is deliciously authentic Italian, with antipasti, primi (pasta) dishes, secondi, and pizze, also perfect cappuccino -- no need to order "dry" or "wet", they will do it in PERFECT Italian fashion.
I ordered the linguine diavolati with shrimp because I love linguine, shrimp, & spicy-- and it was delicious. It was enough for me so I did not order a secondo. My 6-year old had the pizza marinara and liked it; I had a taste and the sauce and crust were superb!
The waitstaff are wonderfully attentive, and the owner is friendly. I felt a bit of the "old country" here, in Burien of all places. I hope this place does well. It is deserving.
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