A Cozy Neapolitan Hideaway in Pioneer Square
While a bit off the beaten path, it’s a don’t miss place for Italian food. Located in the Merrill Place office building on South Avenue, the quiet oasis from the busy Seattle streets serves approachable fare, with a few dishes for more adventurous eaters, like the pan-seared sweetbreads.
Its owner Carmine Emeraldo grew up in Naples and brought his accessible concept to Seattle in 1984. He passed away in 2012, but his love of the old country is alive and well at Il Terazzo Carmine. The restaurant’s high exposed ceilings and charming paintings create the feeling that you’re eating in his grand country house. Pastas, the highlight of our dining experience, are lovingly prepared in-house. The restaurant’s effort shows. Each mouthful, from their pillowy gnocchi to Linguine Alle Vongole, produces memorable and well-balanced bites, totally unlike the boxed pasta you might make a home. If you still have room after pasta, order from their incredible list of meat entrees. Tender veal chops, either sautéed in lemon and capers or grilled with rosemary oil, are consistently excellent.
The well-spaced dining room makes this a great place for business diners. For extra privacy and a nice view of their beautifully landscaped terrace, request a table close to the window. The service is excellent and when not too busy, they try to accommodate special requests.
Antipasto Assortito, Linguine Alle Vongole, and Lombata Di Vitello Al Rosmarino.
|Address||411 1st Ave South, Seattle|
|Hours||M-F 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.. 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Sa-Su 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.|
|Great For (size)||2-10 people|