Mamma Melina Ristorante

★★★★★
Creating For You a Memorable Italian Dining Experience
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206-632-2271

5101 25th Ave NE # # 2

Seattle, WA

98105

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I've been here before and this place was good. I like their food and my favorite is their tiramisu! Good service!

4
★★★★☆

I've been here before and this place was good. I like their food and my favorite is their tiramisu! Good service!

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This used to be an excellent place to eat, but, unfortunately, the food is more compareable to frozen and reheated cuisine these days. The wait staff is so-so. The manager is a nice guy and does his best, but the family that owns it has simply neglected their formerly great menu and standards for food. I'm sad as I have many friends who used to frequent this little place with me, but now I will probably not return unless the family does.

2
★★☆☆☆

This used to be an excellent place to eat, but, unfortunately, the food is more compareable to frozen and reheated cuisine these days. The wait staff is so-so. The manager is a nice guy and does his best, but the family that owns it has simply neglected their formerly great menu and standards for food. I'm sad as I have many friends who used to frequent this little place with me, but now I will probably not return unless the family does.

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It just doesn't get any better than this - my favorite hometown restaurant! I love the ambiance and paintings, the candlelight and the atmosphere. The food is phenomenal as is the wine. Service is excellent.

5
★★★★★

It just doesn't get any better than this - my favorite hometown restaurant! I love the ambiance and paintings, the candlelight and the atmosphere. The food is phenomenal as is the wine. Service is excellent.

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Went here to have a nice dinner with my girlfriend to ease her mind from a stressful week. With good food and live piano music, it was the perfect place for an easy going, stress free dinner. Tuesdays weren't too busy, but had the live pianist taking requests from the audience and doing a great job.

4
★★★★☆

Went here to have a nice dinner with my girlfriend to ease her mind from a stressful week. With good food and live piano music, it was the perfect place for an easy going, stress free dinner. Tuesdays weren't too busy, but had the live pianist taking requests from the audience and doing a great job.

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If you are looking for quality Italian food at a fair price then this is the place for you. It is quaint little spot off I-5 but their food is amazing. I have returned multiple times.

5
★★★★★

If you are looking for quality Italian food at a fair price then this is the place for you. It is quaint little spot off I-5 but their food is amazing. I have returned multiple times.

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I've been to Mama Melina's several times and every time the service and food has been everything I could ask for. It has a warm and welcoming setting and is a nice getaway if you are in the area.

4
★★★★☆

I've been to Mama Melina's several times and every time the service and food has been everything I could ask for. It has a warm and welcoming setting and is a nice getaway if you are in the area.

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I love the ambiance of this place; the candlelight, the paintings of Sorrento and other Italian cities on the wall. The food is very good and the wine, as well. The staff is hip. The owners are truly Italian, and lend an air of authenticity to the place.

4
★★★★☆

I love the ambiance of this place; the candlelight, the paintings of Sorrento and other Italian cities on the wall. The food is very good and the wine, as well. The staff is hip. The owners are truly Italian, and lend an air of authenticity to the place.

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My exhusband and I had dinner here and the food was excellent! The staff was extremely friendly and the overall atmosphere was wonderfully relaxing! A definite must for good Italian food.

4
★★★★☆

My exhusband and I had dinner here and the food was excellent! The staff was extremely friendly and the overall atmosphere was wonderfully relaxing! A definite must for good Italian food.

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Best happy hour in the city! If you're like me, you start thinking about happy hour right after lunch, and Mamma Melina starts seating for happy hour at 3pm (especially awesome on a hot summer day). Drink specials are awesome, but the food

6
★★★★★

Best happy hour in the city! If you're like me, you start thinking about happy hour right after lunch, and Mamma Melina starts seating for happy hour at 3pm (especially awesome on a hot summer day). Drink specials are awesome, but the food

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I want to drink a gallon of their marinara sauce every time I think of this great restaurant. Must go

6
★★★★★

I want to drink a gallon of their marinara sauce every time I think of this great restaurant. Must go

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My wife and I, both health care professionals, became violently ill after dining at Mamma Melina. It was not the stomach flu.
I was assured a follow up call when I notified the restaurant, call was never returned.
Not acceptable way of

6
★★★★★

My wife and I, both health care professionals, became violently ill after dining at Mamma Melina. It was not the stomach flu.
I was assured a follow up call when I notified the restaurant, call was never returned.
Not acceptable way of

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I was quite disappointed with this restaurant. With the same family that runs Barolo, I had high expectations. The decor and ambiance were lovey while the wait staff/hostess pleasant and accommodating. \r
I ordered a salad and an entree.

6
★★★★★

I was quite disappointed with this restaurant. With the same family that runs Barolo, I had high expectations. The decor and ambiance were lovey while the wait staff/hostess pleasant and accommodating. \r
I ordered a salad and an entree.

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This restaurant used to be one of our favorite haunts. We will never visit again.\r
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Gone is the chicken marsala. Gone is the lovely flat bread on the table. Gone is the fun piano playing in the corner. Gone are the reasonable prices.

6
★★★★★

This restaurant used to be one of our favorite haunts. We will never visit again.\r
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Gone is the chicken marsala. Gone is the lovely flat bread on the table. Gone is the fun piano playing in the corner. Gone are the reasonable prices.

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I went to Mamma Melina for the first time since they moved to the new location. The new restaurant is urban chic and nicely done. Lighting is good but a bit too bright in the booths.
The beet salad was excellent and I would order it

6
★★★★★

I went to Mamma Melina for the first time since they moved to the new location. The new restaurant is urban chic and nicely done. Lighting is good but a bit too bright in the booths.
The beet salad was excellent and I would order it

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I was looking forward to trying out Mamma Melina's for a long time. Beautiful decor and large area outside made it a good choice on a day with some sunshine. The menu has all the famous Italian dishes and I was very much in heaven. Lots

6
★★★★★

I was looking forward to trying out Mamma Melina's for a long time. Beautiful decor and large area outside made it a good choice on a day with some sunshine. The menu has all the famous Italian dishes and I was very much in heaven. Lots

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We finally had a chance to check out the new location last weekend- and we loved it. However, it is VERY, different from the former Roosevelt spot. The style is now more in line with the brothers' other restaurant- Barolo. White chandeliers, paintings on the ceilings, candles. No piano player. Huge patio with stylish couches mixed in with the tables.

We went early, about 6 p.m. and diners were mixed-from a bachelorette party to many families with kids. You can come in shorts, or dressed up before a night on the town.

The food was great- we had the escargot, scallops, veil and tiramisu. They also now serve pizza which is a nice addition.

Great spot, we can't wait to return.

5
★★★★★

We finally had a chance to check out the new location last weekend- and we loved it. However, it is VERY, different from the former Roosevelt spot. The style is now more in line with the brothers' other restaurant- Barolo. White chandeliers, paintings on the ceilings, candles. No piano player. Huge patio with stylish couches mixed in with the tables.

We went early, about 6 p.m. and diners were mixed-from a bachelorette party to many families with kids. You can come in shorts, or dressed up before a night on the town.

The food was great- we had the escargot, scallops, veil and tiramisu. They also now serve pizza which is a nice addition.

Great spot, we can't wait to return.

Pros: Patio, food, atmosphere, big space for groups

Cons: Some may not like the new look

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Took my niece here on a quiet Sunday night and experienced food that was executed flawlessly. Portion size was just right. Seasoning and flavor profiles where impeccable. Our server was competent and courteous and offered helpful recommendations. On a quiet evening it was altogether pleasant, but it's a wide open room so I could see that if the place was packed it would be very noisy. I would go back and I highly recommend the scampi. Prawns were cooked perfectly!

4
★★★★☆

Took my niece here on a quiet Sunday night and experienced food that was executed flawlessly. Portion size was just right. Seasoning and flavor profiles where impeccable. Our server was competent and courteous and offered helpful recommendations. On a quiet evening it was altogether pleasant, but it's a wide open room so I could see that if the place was packed it would be very noisy. I would go back and I highly recommend the scampi. Prawns were cooked perfectly!

Pros: Food was executed beautifully

Cons: Ambiance is just okay

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You must go on a Tuesday night for the piano player. Be sure to sit close and the piano sound is beautiful. The food was wonderful. Homemade Bread for dipping and OMG, you have to try the bread pudding! We will go back.
Even the server was fantastic!!

5
★★★★★

You must go on a Tuesday night for the piano player. Be sure to sit close and the piano sound is beautiful. The food was wonderful. Homemade Bread for dipping and OMG, you have to try the bread pudding! We will go back.
Even the server was fantastic!!

Pros: Ambiance and great food

Cons: Parking

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The food was pretty decent, AMAZING tiramisu. I loved the live music, but given the space is so small people were talking so loud you could barely hear the amazing voice of the gentleman singing. We celebrated a birthday there, a guy sang happy birthday in Italian while playing an accordian, very nice!

3
★★★☆☆

The food was pretty decent, AMAZING tiramisu. I loved the live music, but given the space is so small people were talking so loud you could barely hear the amazing voice of the gentleman singing. We celebrated a birthday there, a guy sang happy birthday in Italian while playing an accordian, very nice!

Pros: Live Music

Cons: Loud conversations

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Been coming here for years, and I can honestly say there is no place like it in Seattle. Sure, its not ultra modern, clean and slick, but thats what makes it special. Its old world Italian style, and very charming. Close your eyes while "O Sole Mio" is playing, and you're whisked away to a small Italian villa. The staff is very attentive, and make you feel right at home. Everyone helps to make sure you have everything you need. Its a great atmosphere!!

The food comes in good portions, perfect for finishing off your hunger pains, and the bread is ridiculously addictive. Nowhere else will you find fresh baked breadsticks, and they are goooooooood! Great fresh fish with prawns, roasted veggies and risotto. Meat sauce way better than your mom used to make. Even just a simple marinara has such great flavors there. This is why Italians eat so much at dinner. Cuz its DAM GOOD!

Tuesday is the day to go, with half priced bottles of wine, Brian playing piano, and its not incredibly crowded. If you go on the weekend, make reservations, or you will surely find yourself waiting by the door, with hosts, bussers and servers trying to worm their way past you (been there, done that).

But don't let that stop you. Just go and visit Mamma Melina, bring your voracious appetite and enjoy!

5
★★★★★

Been coming here for years, and I can honestly say there is no place like it in Seattle. Sure, its not ultra modern, clean and slick, but thats what makes it special. Its old world Italian style, and very charming. Close your eyes while "O Sole Mio" is playing, and you're whisked away to a small Italian villa. The staff is very attentive, and make you feel right at home. Everyone helps to make sure you have everything you need. Its a great atmosphere!!

The food comes in good portions, perfect for finishing off your hunger pains, and the bread is ridiculously addictive. Nowhere else will you find fresh baked breadsticks, and they are goooooooood! Great fresh fish with prawns, roasted veggies and risotto. Meat sauce way better than your mom used to make. Even just a simple marinara has such great flavors there. This is why Italians eat so much at dinner. Cuz its DAM GOOD!

Tuesday is the day to go, with half priced bottles of wine, Brian playing piano, and its not incredibly crowded. If you go on the weekend, make reservations, or you will surely find yourself waiting by the door, with hosts, bussers and servers trying to worm their way past you (been there, done that).

But don't let that stop you. Just go and visit Mamma Melina, bring your voracious appetite and enjoy!

Pros: fresh bread, good prices, quality food and service

Cons: small tables, crowded

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Well, I am so bummed that this restaurant did not live up to it's reputation here on Citysearch. I have been so excited to try this place and when my husband and I finally had the chance to go on a date we went here. First of all, it isn't really "quaint". It's kind of a old and dumpy. People say it's romantic but I found it to be so noisy we could hardly talk to each other. Also, our server was borderline rude to us which I really hate. She told us a couple of specials but I guess my husband hadn't really heard and so he asked if they ever have lasagna. She said; "didn't I already tell you the specials?" (Yea! she really said that). There was nobody playing piano and the atmosphere was tense right from the moment we came in. We had the chicken marsala and it was just so so. Also, the pasta it came with had a very tangy, vinegary taste that I wasn't particularly fond of. I was really looking forward to coming here because of all the great reviews. I did see one not nice review but I thought maybe it was just an off night since there were so many wonderful reviews. Unfortunately for us, this past Thursday was also a bad night there. Hmmmm could this be a trend. I'll never know because I will spend my money elsewhere next time. :(

2
★★☆☆☆

Well, I am so bummed that this restaurant did not live up to it's reputation here on Citysearch. I have been so excited to try this place and when my husband and I finally had the chance to go on a date we went here. First of all, it isn't really "quaint". It's kind of a old and dumpy. People say it's romantic but I found it to be so noisy we could hardly talk to each other. Also, our server was borderline rude to us which I really hate. She told us a couple of specials but I guess my husband hadn't really heard and so he asked if they ever have lasagna. She said; "didn't I already tell you the specials?" (Yea! she really said that). There was nobody playing piano and the atmosphere was tense right from the moment we came in. We had the chicken marsala and it was just so so. Also, the pasta it came with had a very tangy, vinegary taste that I wasn't particularly fond of. I was really looking forward to coming here because of all the great reviews. I did see one not nice review but I thought maybe it was just an off night since there were so many wonderful reviews. Unfortunately for us, this past Thursday was also a bad night there. Hmmmm could this be a trend. I'll never know because I will spend my money elsewhere next time. :(

Cons: apathetic service, noisy, so so food

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I love Mamma Melina! The art on the walls, the authentic Italian owners, the friendly and efficient staff and wonder food! Mamma Mia!

5
★★★★★

I love Mamma Melina! The art on the walls, the authentic Italian owners, the friendly and efficient staff and wonder food! Mamma Mia!

Pros: atmosphere, candlelight

Cons: not one, i love it all

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went here for a great girls night out. didn't wnat to leave!

5
★★★★★

went here for a great girls night out. didn't wnat to leave!

Pros: quaint, fun, and awesome food

Cons: hard to find and no parking

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Staff is very accomodating for large parties, service and food were AWESOME.

5
★★★★★

Staff is very accomodating for large parties, service and food were AWESOME.

Pros: Great food, intimate atmosphere, great wine

Cons: None!!

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Food is ok. We did not find it too special. Just ordinary. What I did not like the most was the service. The host was very rude and did not seat us promptly. May be, it was just not the right day to visit them. We will definitely not go back again!

2
★★☆☆☆

Food is ok. We did not find it too special. Just ordinary. What I did not like the most was the service. The host was very rude and did not seat us promptly. May be, it was just not the right day to visit them. We will definitely not go back again!

Pros: Parking

Cons: Service

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It's a quaint Italian restaurant with amazing food and bread. The service was great and so was the wine. I reccommend the Linguini ala Pescatora. Outstanding!

5
★★★★★

It's a quaint Italian restaurant with amazing food and bread. The service was great and so was the wine. I reccommend the Linguini ala Pescatora. Outstanding!

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Love the atmosphere and the food is really delicious !!
It is in walking distance from where I stay when visiting my daughter at UW. A must every time I go to Seatlle.

5
★★★★★

Love the atmosphere and the food is really delicious !!
It is in walking distance from where I stay when visiting my daughter at UW. A must every time I go to Seatlle.

Pros: Chicken Marsala is AMAZING !!!

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You might miss it when you drive by, but when you enter, the atmosphere is pleasant and the air is filled with the smells of Italian food. I've tried numerous dishes, and they were all amazing. Among my favorites is their dessert called Tortino. An amazing bread pudding (and I'm not a fan of bread pudding) with apples and cranberries, served hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream resting in a sauce that has a touch of rum in it. The servers are all polite and very attentive. The food is spectacular. Weekends include a piano player that comes in and plays as you dine. Sinatra while eating Italian works very well for me. This is truly one of Seattle's best kept secrets. If you love Italian food, you simply must give Mamma Melina Ristorante a try. It is my absolute favorite place to eat and has been for over a year. Well worth the visit.

5
★★★★★

You might miss it when you drive by, but when you enter, the atmosphere is pleasant and the air is filled with the smells of Italian food. I've tried numerous dishes, and they were all amazing. Among my favorites is their dessert called Tortino. An amazing bread pudding (and I'm not a fan of bread pudding) with apples and cranberries, served hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream resting in a sauce that has a touch of rum in it. The servers are all polite and very attentive. The food is spectacular. Weekends include a piano player that comes in and plays as you dine. Sinatra while eating Italian works very well for me. This is truly one of Seattle's best kept secrets. If you love Italian food, you simply must give Mamma Melina Ristorante a try. It is my absolute favorite place to eat and has been for over a year. Well worth the visit.

Pros: Best Italian Cuisine for the Price

Cons: Best to make a reservation for dinner

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My husband and I have been to Mamma Melina twice, and both times have been impressed with the quality of food and service. I'm a poor graduate student, so we usually go for the better inexpensive places around the U (Agua Verde, Veggie Veggie), but Mamma Melina is worth splurging. Our tab came to just over $90--that includes two appetizer Caesar salads (excellent!) two main dishes (a just-right ravioli in rose sauce and the chicken marsala with delicious, flavorful veggies and a side of pasta with fettuccine sauce), a bottle of wine, a giant piece of tiramisu to share (the second-best tiramisu I've tasted in my life), and the tip. The service was great--our waiter was attentive without hovering--and even though we were seated directly by the piano player, the restaurant never got so loud that we couldn't hear each other. The pianist played and sang a number of Italian arias and then came around to ask if we had any requests. Somebody must have requested "Bohemian Rhapsody," which he gamely played and sang, amazingly coming off as charming rather than obnoxious. Overall, the food, atmosphere and service are absolutely top-notch. Highly recommended.

5
★★★★★

My husband and I have been to Mamma Melina twice, and both times have been impressed with the quality of food and service. I'm a poor graduate student, so we usually go for the better inexpensive places around the U (Agua Verde, Veggie Veggie), but Mamma Melina is worth splurging. Our tab came to just over $90--that includes two appetizer Caesar salads (excellent!) two main dishes (a just-right ravioli in rose sauce and the chicken marsala with delicious, flavorful veggies and a side of pasta with fettuccine sauce), a bottle of wine, a giant piece of tiramisu to share (the second-best tiramisu I've tasted in my life), and the tip. The service was great--our waiter was attentive without hovering--and even though we were seated directly by the piano player, the restaurant never got so loud that we couldn't hear each other. The pianist played and sang a number of Italian arias and then came around to ask if we had any requests. Somebody must have requested "Bohemian Rhapsody," which he gamely played and sang, amazingly coming off as charming rather than obnoxious. Overall, the food, atmosphere and service are absolutely top-notch. Highly recommended.

Pros: Excellent, flavorful dishes, great atmosphere

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This restaurant has consistantly the best service and most enjoyable food that I have experienced here in Seattle. Cozy restaurant and a good size to keep the feeling quaint while having spectacular food. Best costomer service consistantly, and always leave looking forward to coming back.

5
★★★★★

This restaurant has consistantly the best service and most enjoyable food that I have experienced here in Seattle. Cozy restaurant and a good size to keep the feeling quaint while having spectacular food. Best costomer service consistantly, and always leave looking forward to coming back.

Pros: Best Service Hands Down

Cons: None

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We visited Mamma Melina's this past Saturday evening. The restaurant was busy, with an animated atmosphere. We were greeted at the door, and seated promptly on time for our reservation. Our server, August, was attentive and friendly and provided some great menu recommendations. The risotto and the veal marsal were both great. Our dinner was accompanied by some entertaining music from the piano, including offers to play requests. We never felt rushed during dinner. We left more than satisfied with our meal - the restaurant provided a great mix of quality, service, and value. We'll certainly be back.

5
★★★★★

We visited Mamma Melina's this past Saturday evening. The restaurant was busy, with an animated atmosphere. We were greeted at the door, and seated promptly on time for our reservation. Our server, August, was attentive and friendly and provided some great menu recommendations. The risotto and the veal marsal were both great. Our dinner was accompanied by some entertaining music from the piano, including offers to play requests. We never felt rushed during dinner. We left more than satisfied with our meal - the restaurant provided a great mix of quality, service, and value. We'll certainly be back.

Pros: Tasty food and reasonable prices

Cons: None that we saw!

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My mother, grandmother, and I went here for dinner and were blown away by how fantastic our experience was. The food was delicious and generous-- all of us LOVED our meals, down to the salads and bread served prior the meal. Our wine was AMAZING; the service was attentive without being clingy, and we were warmly attended to by the maitre d' as well. The ambiance was likewise fantastic; it was bustling but not overly noisy, and the interior is warm, light, and lovely-- I saw many couples there as well. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, a darling man started playing piano and singing. Beautiful! We left feeling high on life. Plus, it's family run and locally owned. GO!

5
★★★★★

My mother, grandmother, and I went here for dinner and were blown away by how fantastic our experience was. The food was delicious and generous-- all of us LOVED our meals, down to the salads and bread served prior the meal. Our wine was AMAZING; the service was attentive without being clingy, and we were warmly attended to by the maitre d' as well. The ambiance was likewise fantastic; it was bustling but not overly noisy, and the interior is warm, light, and lovely-- I saw many couples there as well. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, a darling man started playing piano and singing. Beautiful! We left feeling high on life. Plus, it's family run and locally owned. GO!

Pros: Excellent food, service, & ambiance, and live music too!

Cons: None

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I too was surprised to see some negative reviews on Mamma Melina, but then, there are people out there who truly don't know good food when they have it.

I go atleast once a month, more if I'm lucky, and the staff there always greets me with a smile, and treats me like I'm family. I usually go during lunch, but have been there for dinner as well.

Their lunch menu has many choices, and I've tried almost everything on it, but I usually go back to the pollo parmigana, as it is my favorite.

Really, what more could you ask for. The food is great (I haven't found better Italian in Seattle), and the staff is very attentive and personable. I think that if you find a place in Seattle that has great food, AND excellent customer service, then you've found yourself a winner.

There's not too many places in Seattle where you get all those qualities, unfortunately.

5
★★★★★

I too was surprised to see some negative reviews on Mamma Melina, but then, there are people out there who truly don't know good food when they have it.

I go atleast once a month, more if I'm lucky, and the staff there always greets me with a smile, and treats me like I'm family. I usually go during lunch, but have been there for dinner as well.

Their lunch menu has many choices, and I've tried almost everything on it, but I usually go back to the pollo parmigana, as it is my favorite.

Really, what more could you ask for. The food is great (I haven't found better Italian in Seattle), and the staff is very attentive and personable. I think that if you find a place in Seattle that has great food, AND excellent customer service, then you've found yourself a winner.

There's not too many places in Seattle where you get all those qualities, unfortunately.

Pros: Great food, family-run, never a bad experience

Cons: None at all

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I am super surprised to see mixed reviews of Mama Melina as I have never had a bad experience there. I love the food, the staff there always treat us like we are a part of their family, and honestly I think it's one of the better Italian restaurants I have been to in Seattle. The prices are right and the food is excellent. Don't listen to what these other people are saying, this place is great!

5
★★★★★

I am super surprised to see mixed reviews of Mama Melina as I have never had a bad experience there. I love the food, the staff there always treat us like we are a part of their family, and honestly I think it's one of the better Italian restaurants I have been to in Seattle. The prices are right and the food is excellent. Don't listen to what these other people are saying, this place is great!

Pros: Location

Cons: Parking

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I have been to Mamma Melina several times now with friends and family and we all love this restaurant. Great atmosphere, live music and over all fantastic food. Classic and innovative pasta dishes at unbeatable prices, delicious home made pastas, veal, chicken and the best calamari i have ever tasted. The friendly and attentive service makes this place one of my favorite restaurants in the city. A must try!!!

5
★★★★★

I have been to Mamma Melina several times now with friends and family and we all love this restaurant. Great atmosphere, live music and over all fantastic food. Classic and innovative pasta dishes at unbeatable prices, delicious home made pastas, veal, chicken and the best calamari i have ever tasted. The friendly and attentive service makes this place one of my favorite restaurants in the city. A must try!!!

Pros: Great Value

Cons: none found

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We moved to Seattle and we were excited to try one of the city's "best restaurants." The calamari was disgusting and the main courses were no better than the pasta made around the block in every college dorm room. Before you discount the post as being from an "out of towner" you should know that I am happy with a good burger all the way to 5-star cuisine - this place should be out of business. Shame on the patrons for keeping such a horrible place going for WAY too long.

1
★☆☆☆☆

We moved to Seattle and we were excited to try one of the city's "best restaurants." The calamari was disgusting and the main courses were no better than the pasta made around the block in every college dorm room. Before you discount the post as being from an "out of towner" you should know that I am happy with a good burger all the way to 5-star cuisine - this place should be out of business. Shame on the patrons for keeping such a horrible place going for WAY too long.

Pros: None

Cons: All

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I was very surprised to find such a great restaurant in The U.district, but after reading the family history i knew i was in for a treat.
My wife made reservation for saturday night at 7.30 and when we arrived the host showed us to our table immediately and told us that our server would come right over to tell us about the specials, wich included the Fantastic Fresh Alaskan Halibut that both me and my wife had for dinner.
The fish was fresh and perfectly cooked, and came beautifully presented on top of a lentil and spinach stew, with 2 grilled jumbo prawns placed on top and fresh asparagus and roasted carrots ( 19.95 ). We also found the wine list to be of great value with many wines priced in the $ 20-$30 range, our Pinot Grigio was $24.
to finish our meal we tried the very good and different Bread Pudding, wich it was filled with delicious apples and cranberries.
I must Return to this Great Italian spot before Halibut season is over just to taste once again the best fish i have ever had in my life! ( hard to believe that Mamma Melina can turn out Halibut better than some of the high end downtown restaurant charging a fraction of the price )

5
★★★★★

I was very surprised to find such a great restaurant in The U.district, but after reading the family history i knew i was in for a treat.
My wife made reservation for saturday night at 7.30 and when we arrived the host showed us to our table immediately and told us that our server would come right over to tell us about the specials, wich included the Fantastic Fresh Alaskan Halibut that both me and my wife had for dinner.
The fish was fresh and perfectly cooked, and came beautifully presented on top of a lentil and spinach stew, with 2 grilled jumbo prawns placed on top and fresh asparagus and roasted carrots ( 19.95 ). We also found the wine list to be of great value with many wines priced in the $ 20-$30 range, our Pinot Grigio was $24.
to finish our meal we tried the very good and different Bread Pudding, wich it was filled with delicious apples and cranberries.
I must Return to this Great Italian spot before Halibut season is over just to taste once again the best fish i have ever had in my life! ( hard to believe that Mamma Melina can turn out Halibut better than some of the high end downtown restaurant charging a fraction of the price )

Pros: Value, wine list, atmosphere, great Halibut

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I went to Mamma melina's last night cause my girlfriend and her friend really enjoy it. Personally I thought it as rather sub par for all the hype it recieved on City Search. First off the atmosphere is nice, there were only a few other tables and the service was good. However I don't want to listen to 70's cover bands while dinning at a supposedly traditional italian restaurant. Wine list was ok though I think calling a Cabernet a "Full bodied wine" is pushing it severly. Have you not had anything other than the few styles of wine you serve???

Food came out in good timing, I had the Scampi al vino, unfortunatly for me I paid 17.50 for a cold dish. I'm not sure how when the kitchen is so close that my dish actually came out cold. More so the plate set up was rather boring, as was the blan taste of the vegetables, pasta was cold with a tomato sauce that had little if any flavor. The Scampi, I've worked in this industry for a while, and spent a good time at some top notch seafood places so i've had some amazing scampi, but last nights was anything but. Cold, rather blan, the tails were dang near impossible to get off cause the were sitting in butter. I was afraid one would launch from my hand and at my girlfriend.

On the upside they pour a three ounce pour for scotch and the tiremisu was rather tasty. I have to say, I would be suprised if I go back to dine

3
★★★☆☆

I went to Mamma melina's last night cause my girlfriend and her friend really enjoy it. Personally I thought it as rather sub par for all the hype it recieved on City Search. First off the atmosphere is nice, there were only a few other tables and the service was good. However I don't want to listen to 70's cover bands while dinning at a supposedly traditional italian restaurant. Wine list was ok though I think calling a Cabernet a "Full bodied wine" is pushing it severly. Have you not had anything other than the few styles of wine you serve???

Food came out in good timing, I had the Scampi al vino, unfortunatly for me I paid 17.50 for a cold dish. I'm not sure how when the kitchen is so close that my dish actually came out cold. More so the plate set up was rather boring, as was the blan taste of the vegetables, pasta was cold with a tomato sauce that had little if any flavor. The Scampi, I've worked in this industry for a while, and spent a good time at some top notch seafood places so i've had some amazing scampi, but last nights was anything but. Cold, rather blan, the tails were dang near impossible to get off cause the were sitting in butter. I was afraid one would launch from my hand and at my girlfriend.

On the upside they pour a three ounce pour for scotch and the tiremisu was rather tasty. I have to say, I would be suprised if I go back to dine

Pros: nice atmosphere

Cons: no italian music, blan food, wine is poorly catagorized

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After reading the reviews about Mamma Melinas we decided to make a reservation and find for ourself if this place was good or not.
When we arrived (4 in our party) we were seated on a nice round table and the host made sure to let us know that they had been in the same location for over 19 years and were running a special 3 course menu for only $19.90, wich he explained that it was the year 1990 that the restaurant opend that was why the $19.90.
everything my party ordered was tasty and fresh, especially the Cozze alla Diavola wich i loved and the Bruschetta Al Pomodoro. We also ordered a wonderful and very affordable pinot grigio $24 and the waitress Lauren made sure to check back with us just at the right time without beeing too intrusive.
I am glad that we found a new favorite italian restaurant , we'll be sure to bring our family and friends for any dining occasion!

5
★★★★★

After reading the reviews about Mamma Melinas we decided to make a reservation and find for ourself if this place was good or not.
When we arrived (4 in our party) we were seated on a nice round table and the host made sure to let us know that they had been in the same location for over 19 years and were running a special 3 course menu for only $19.90, wich he explained that it was the year 1990 that the restaurant opend that was why the $19.90.
everything my party ordered was tasty and fresh, especially the Cozze alla Diavola wich i loved and the Bruschetta Al Pomodoro. We also ordered a wonderful and very affordable pinot grigio $24 and the waitress Lauren made sure to check back with us just at the right time without beeing too intrusive.
I am glad that we found a new favorite italian restaurant , we'll be sure to bring our family and friends for any dining occasion!

Pros: 3 course for $19.90, music, great wine list

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I had my first experience with Mama Melina last night, and was sadly disappointed. There were four of us in our party, and only one felt their meal was mediocre at best. We were excited by the fact that therestaurant had been named Citysearch Best Italian Food 2005, and had frankly expected much more than we received. Obviously something has happened in the last four years... no one in my party could figure out why this honor was bestowed.

It was a busy Sunday evening... the majority of tables were occupied when we arrived for our 6:30p reservation. The curt and cold "host" showed us to our table, which was sandwiched in a row of four-tops, with only several inches of clearance between them. We each ordered something different... I had the Risotto di Parma ($15.50), the other dishes ordered were the Gnocchi di patate ($13.50), Rigatoni di Sorrento ($12.95) and the Scampi al Vino ($17.95). Unfortunately the best thing we ordered was the wine... hard to ruin as it does not pass through the kitchen on its way to the table. The risotto was wholly unremarkable and tasted like it came out of a box, over-salted and boring with a sausage planted firmly on top, which was also flavorless. The gnocchi itself was actually not too terribly bad, if it weren't for the bland sauce it was dressed with... tasted like Chef Boyardee. The scampi and rigatoni were marginal at best. When our attentive server (up to this point, the only shining moment of the evening aside from the wine) came to clear our plates... she noticed that I hadn't eaten any of my meal and asked if everything was okay. I told her that I really didn't like it at all.. without going into detail assuming she would ask me, apologize, let me know she would inform the manager etc..... nothing, not a word... she just continued to clear the table then came back with dessert menus... wow.

The other major disappointment: Husband of owner is billed as an opera singer, yet all I heard last night were 70's cover songs.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I had my first experience with Mama Melina last night, and was sadly disappointed. There were four of us in our party, and only one felt their meal was mediocre at best. We were excited by the fact that therestaurant had been named Citysearch Best Italian Food 2005, and had frankly expected much more than we received. Obviously something has happened in the last four years... no one in my party could figure out why this honor was bestowed.

It was a busy Sunday evening... the majority of tables were occupied when we arrived for our 6:30p reservation. The curt and cold "host" showed us to our table, which was sandwiched in a row of four-tops, with only several inches of clearance between them. We each ordered something different... I had the Risotto di Parma ($15.50), the other dishes ordered were the Gnocchi di patate ($13.50), Rigatoni di Sorrento ($12.95) and the Scampi al Vino ($17.95). Unfortunately the best thing we ordered was the wine... hard to ruin as it does not pass through the kitchen on its way to the table. The risotto was wholly unremarkable and tasted like it came out of a box, over-salted and boring with a sausage planted firmly on top, which was also flavorless. The gnocchi itself was actually not too terribly bad, if it weren't for the bland sauce it was dressed with... tasted like Chef Boyardee. The scampi and rigatoni were marginal at best. When our attentive server (up to this point, the only shining moment of the evening aside from the wine) came to clear our plates... she noticed that I hadn't eaten any of my meal and asked if everything was okay. I told her that I really didn't like it at all.. without going into detail assuming she would ask me, apologize, let me know she would inform the manager etc..... nothing, not a word... she just continued to clear the table then came back with dessert menus... wow.

The other major disappointment: Husband of owner is billed as an opera singer, yet all I heard last night were 70's cover songs.

Pros: Cozy atmosphere, great potential

Cons: Food, music, parking, food, sub-par service

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We came in for a Saturday lunch, and the place was nearly empty, which got me a bit worried - unjustly, as it turns out. The service was polite, friendly, and pretty fast, and the decor is pleasant enough though nothing special.

We ordered a bruschetta to start, which came heaped with fresh chopped tomatoes and a bit of funky but yummy parmesan, and drizzled with some nice olive oil.

We ordered two entrees, with side salad and soup, which came first. The soup ($1.95 extra) - lentil with sausage - was tasty and hot, though too salty. The salad was simple fresh greens, with a surprisingly mild but tasty balsamic vinaigrette (many restaurants make it either too acidic or too sweet.)

The chicken-prosciutto panini ($8.95) was good, but not remarkable - I guess that would be really too much to expect from a panini, though. The linguine alla vongole ($8.95, with clams, white wine, garlic, cherry tomatoes) was very good, with no fishy taste and a lot of garlic and clam flavor. The pasta itself was done perfectly al-dente.

We finished our meal with espresso (Umbria) which was flavorful and well done. The check was $35 including tax, which for the meal we had is a steal.

I will definitely come back, and concentrate on the pasta next time.

4
★★★★☆

We came in for a Saturday lunch, and the place was nearly empty, which got me a bit worried - unjustly, as it turns out. The service was polite, friendly, and pretty fast, and the decor is pleasant enough though nothing special.

We ordered a bruschetta to start, which came heaped with fresh chopped tomatoes and a bit of funky but yummy parmesan, and drizzled with some nice olive oil.

We ordered two entrees, with side salad and soup, which came first. The soup ($1.95 extra) - lentil with sausage - was tasty and hot, though too salty. The salad was simple fresh greens, with a surprisingly mild but tasty balsamic vinaigrette (many restaurants make it either too acidic or too sweet.)

The chicken-prosciutto panini ($8.95) was good, but not remarkable - I guess that would be really too much to expect from a panini, though. The linguine alla vongole ($8.95, with clams, white wine, garlic, cherry tomatoes) was very good, with no fishy taste and a lot of garlic and clam flavor. The pasta itself was done perfectly al-dente.

We finished our meal with espresso (Umbria) which was flavorful and well done. The check was $35 including tax, which for the meal we had is a steal.

I will definitely come back, and concentrate on the pasta next time.

Pros: Relatively cheap; tasty; friendly service.

Cons: Parking; no diaper changing station

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My husband and I wandered in to Mamma Melina's the other night and found the atmosphere warm and welcoming. It was a typical drizzly Seattle night and we appreciated the warmth. The wine selection was large enough to offer us excellent suggestions but small enough to not overwhelm us. The service was wonderful as was our dinner. We started off with Calamari, I had the Ravioli and my husband had the Salmon. Both were excellent.
We will return to Mamma Melina and will recommend this restaurant to family and friends!

5
★★★★★

My husband and I wandered in to Mamma Melina's the other night and found the atmosphere warm and welcoming. It was a typical drizzly Seattle night and we appreciated the warmth. The wine selection was large enough to offer us excellent suggestions but small enough to not overwhelm us. The service was wonderful as was our dinner. We started off with Calamari, I had the Ravioli and my husband had the Salmon. Both were excellent.
We will return to Mamma Melina and will recommend this restaurant to family and friends!

Pros: Easy to find, nice atmosphere, good food

Cons: Parking's kind of iffy

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I highly recommend the Mamma Melina lunch menu. The sandwiches are super fresh and tasty and the service was prompt and courteous.

4
★★★★☆

I highly recommend the Mamma Melina lunch menu. The sandwiches are super fresh and tasty and the service was prompt and courteous.

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The italian food here is absoutely incredible. The sauces they create have a very distinct taste. This is a very cozy retaurant and the wait on the weekends can be very long. Many patrons simply like to sit around and sip wine after dinner. The piano is a little loud so it is hard to conversate. MAKE SURE TO GET RESERVATIONS. You will be standing in a cramped lobby if not.

4
★★★★☆

The italian food here is absoutely incredible. The sauces they create have a very distinct taste. This is a very cozy retaurant and the wait on the weekends can be very long. Many patrons simply like to sit around and sip wine after dinner. The piano is a little loud so it is hard to conversate. MAKE SURE TO GET RESERVATIONS. You will be standing in a cramped lobby if not.

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I've been there twice now with my husband-once when we were just dating and then, again, the other night on our first wedding anniversary.

it has been consistent. they have delicious food. they do have options for vegetarians and are just as good as the ones for the meat-eaters! wonderful wine. and such a beautiful, romantic atmosphere. you can dress up or go in jeans and it's no problem. we had ONE waitress who seemed a bit robotic. but the other staff were very friendly. and she was too, really, but needs to loosen up, perhaps? i don't know! it's not important! the important thing is that it was a lovely way to celebrate our first year of marriage! and sumone ice cream for dessert! :)

5
★★★★★

I've been there twice now with my husband-once when we were just dating and then, again, the other night on our first wedding anniversary.

it has been consistent. they have delicious food. they do have options for vegetarians and are just as good as the ones for the meat-eaters! wonderful wine. and such a beautiful, romantic atmosphere. you can dress up or go in jeans and it's no problem. we had ONE waitress who seemed a bit robotic. but the other staff were very friendly. and she was too, really, but needs to loosen up, perhaps? i don't know! it's not important! the important thing is that it was a lovely way to celebrate our first year of marriage! and sumone ice cream for dessert! :)

Pros: atmosphere, food, music-wonderful pianist/singer who takes requests!!!

Cons: none worth mentioning! it was lovely!!!!

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Took my sister, visiting from out of town here last Tuesday. She was craving Italian, and from my last experience here, It was the place I had to take her. We were greeted by a friendly host, whom escorted us to our table promptly, even though they had almost a fool house. He then informed us that it was half price wine night, so being winos, we had to take advantage of that. The service was warm as was the general vibe of the whole place. My sister got a kick out of the piano man whom came to our table on occasion for requests. We shared what my girlfriend and I had ordered last time which was penne pasta tossed in tomato sauce with smoked mozzarella, and roasted eggplant. And then my personal favorite, Pollo Marsala. Finished with bread pudding which was amazing!!! The place really lived up to all of my hype to my sister, which was a relief, cause she's a tough pleaser sometimes. We'll be back

5
★★★★★

Took my sister, visiting from out of town here last Tuesday. She was craving Italian, and from my last experience here, It was the place I had to take her. We were greeted by a friendly host, whom escorted us to our table promptly, even though they had almost a fool house. He then informed us that it was half price wine night, so being winos, we had to take advantage of that. The service was warm as was the general vibe of the whole place. My sister got a kick out of the piano man whom came to our table on occasion for requests. We shared what my girlfriend and I had ordered last time which was penne pasta tossed in tomato sauce with smoked mozzarella, and roasted eggplant. And then my personal favorite, Pollo Marsala. Finished with bread pudding which was amazing!!! The place really lived up to all of my hype to my sister, which was a relief, cause she's a tough pleaser sometimes. We'll be back

Pros: Incredible flavors of food, service, affordable wine list

Cons: A little noisy at times, but tolerable

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Given the low menu prices, I'm always expecting the food to be mediocre at best. Instead, it's flavorful with good texture and I always leave wanting more. Last time we went, we were seated next to a famous local Seattle glass artist. Not a place I'd think of for celebrity-watching - I considered it a testament to how good Melina's food is!

4
★★★★☆

Given the low menu prices, I'm always expecting the food to be mediocre at best. Instead, it's flavorful with good texture and I always leave wanting more. Last time we went, we were seated next to a famous local Seattle glass artist. Not a place I'd think of for celebrity-watching - I considered it a testament to how good Melina's food is!

Pros: Food, service

Cons: Parking

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My daughter and I decided to try this restaurant Monday night. The service was good, but the food was a disappointment. I ordered the baked rigitoni with meatballs, the "gravy" was unbelievably salty and the meatballs were obviously frozen. I didn't understand the frozen meatballs being served in an Italian restaurant. On a good note, my daughters fish was good.
I wouldn't return - this to me was a disappointment in "real" Italian food.

3
★★★☆☆

My daughter and I decided to try this restaurant Monday night. The service was good, but the food was a disappointment. I ordered the baked rigitoni with meatballs, the "gravy" was unbelievably salty and the meatballs were obviously frozen. I didn't understand the frozen meatballs being served in an Italian restaurant. On a good note, my daughters fish was good.
I wouldn't return - this to me was a disappointment in "real" Italian food.

Pros: Service

Cons: Food

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my boyfriend and i came to seattle to see the sites and eat the food. this restaurant made the entire trip well worth it! we showed up sorta late, around 9. got beautiful seatting. first thing i noticed about the restaurant was the environment was really comfortable. sometimes i get too uncomfortable with candle lit dinners but this was really cozy. we got our food right as the restaurant was closing and we were the last ones there. this made me feel bad, but the managed was really cool about it. he kept the music going and the wine comin. i LOVE the fettichini! i couldnt get enough. the dessert was insane! the wine list was brilliant. we would up staying until WAY after they closed BSing with the manager about music and wine. we had such a great time, we came back the next night. this really was a restaurant to remember. please go!

5
★★★★★

my boyfriend and i came to seattle to see the sites and eat the food. this restaurant made the entire trip well worth it! we showed up sorta late, around 9. got beautiful seatting. first thing i noticed about the restaurant was the environment was really comfortable. sometimes i get too uncomfortable with candle lit dinners but this was really cozy. we got our food right as the restaurant was closing and we were the last ones there. this made me feel bad, but the managed was really cool about it. he kept the music going and the wine comin. i LOVE the fettichini! i couldnt get enough. the dessert was insane! the wine list was brilliant. we would up staying until WAY after they closed BSing with the manager about music and wine. we had such a great time, we came back the next night. this really was a restaurant to remember. please go!

Pros: fabulous food, great wine list, terrific dessert, lovely service

Cons: i live no where near it

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I was with a group of four people. We went last Friday (definitely need reservations for a Friday/Saturday). We were seated quickly. The waitress brought a hot basket of a homemade bread that was exceptional. We all ordered drinks. I tasted both the house cabernet and called Avalon (I think?). Don't order the house cabernet. I ordered the Caesar which was good, pretty much what I expected. Caesar salads seem to be that way, you only remember when they bad or exceptional. I then ordered the spaghetti with Italian sausage (yeah I know, no imagination), anyway it was great. The noodles were handmade(?) and very hearty and the sausage was flavorful without be greasy or heavy. My wife ordered the gnocchi which was very good, probably handmade too. My friends ordered the salmon with bow-tie pasta and a penne pasta. The salmon pasta dish was very well done. The salmon was good but not overpowering (which salmon can be in a 'light dish'). The penne was good too although a bit on the 'trendy side' and I didn't like it as much.

We ordered thre desserts; NY cheesecake (it was on the fluffy side but very flavorful), Tiramisu (could have used a little more flavor but I would still recommend it) and a chocolate soffle/torte which was very good and not too dense (I'm not sure how they made it so fast?).

The service was quick and efficient and very friendly. They had a piano player that came around and asked for requests.

The whole experiance was very nice and I would definitely recommend it.

5
★★★★★

I was with a group of four people. We went last Friday (definitely need reservations for a Friday/Saturday). We were seated quickly. The waitress brought a hot basket of a homemade bread that was exceptional. We all ordered drinks. I tasted both the house cabernet and called Avalon (I think?). Don't order the house cabernet. I ordered the Caesar which was good, pretty much what I expected. Caesar salads seem to be that way, you only remember when they bad or exceptional. I then ordered the spaghetti with Italian sausage (yeah I know, no imagination), anyway it was great. The noodles were handmade(?) and very hearty and the sausage was flavorful without be greasy or heavy. My wife ordered the gnocchi which was very good, probably handmade too. My friends ordered the salmon with bow-tie pasta and a penne pasta. The salmon pasta dish was very well done. The salmon was good but not overpowering (which salmon can be in a 'light dish'). The penne was good too although a bit on the 'trendy side' and I didn't like it as much.

We ordered thre desserts; NY cheesecake (it was on the fluffy side but very flavorful), Tiramisu (could have used a little more flavor but I would still recommend it) and a chocolate soffle/torte which was very good and not too dense (I'm not sure how they made it so fast?).

The service was quick and efficient and very friendly. They had a piano player that came around and asked for requests.

The whole experiance was very nice and I would definitely recommend it.

Pros: food, service, atmoshpere, music

Cons: parking

Editorial from

The Scene
Matriarch of a clan of Seattle restauranteurs, Melina Varchetta runs this University District spot with a homemaker's attention to detail. Gracious rather than formidable, she sits up front near the piano player and…

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