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Savor Italian fare at 3 new Seattle eateries

Looking for your next great Italian meal in Seattle? These new spots will satisfy your cravings for pasta, pizza and more. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for Italian food.

Pasta Casalinga

93 Pike St., Suite 201 (at First Avenue), Pike Place Market

Photo: Vicky L./Yelp

Pasta Casalinga is a destination for handcrafted pasta with a Pacific Northwest twist. The eatery serves farm-fresh fare and comes courtesy of Michela Tartaglia, an Italian native, and Nathan Gottlieb. 

The small menu changes weekly with selections from the sea, farm and garden, and a rustic lasagna with sausage, mushrooms and a house-made white sauce that's available everyday. Recent offerings include the spaghetti alla puttanesca (San Marzano tomatoes, anchovies and capers) and tortiglioni with bacon and ricotta.

Pasta Casalinga currently holds five stars out of 24 reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Amanda S., who reviewed Pasta Casalinga on May 8, wrote, "The quality is comparable to Il Corvo down in Pioneer Square, except NO line! Good balance and delicate flavors."

Raymond L. noted, "Not easiest to find but definitely the best and freshest food I've had in the neighborhood. Too bad I don't live here because I would frequently dine here."

Pasta Casalinga is open from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on Tuesday-Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)

Nine Pies Pizzeria

3861 First Ave S. (at Andover Street), SoDo

Photo: Lori R./Yelp

Grab a slice and a glass of wine at Nine Pies Pizzeria, an Italian eatery that offers a diverse selection of wines and New York-style pies.

Opened as a collaboration between Nine Hats Wine and Pizzeria 22 owner Cary Kemp, per Eater Seattle, the restaurant also offers calzones, marinated Italian olives and house-made meatballs. On the pizza menu, try the Travasi (salami, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and goat cheese), the Corsa (roasted chicken and pesto) or the vegetarian Primavera with herbed ricotta.

Nine Pies Pizzeria currently holds 4.5 stars out of 14 reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Anthony D., who reviewed Nine Pies Pizzeria on May 4, wrote, "We had been looking for a good calzone place in Seattle and found it at Nine Pies. Add in a good selection of brews on tap and make this a fun lunch date spot."

"Great pizza with great wine by the glass or bottle," Ray P. said. "Staff has always been great and the food has been the same if not even better. Take your time and sit down with some friends and enjoy a great lunch or dinner."

Nine Pies Pizzeria is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.

Le Messe

1903 Yale Place E. (at Eastlake Avenue), Eastlake

Photo: Marie B./Yelp

The casually elegant Le Messe is the latest venture from General Harvest Restaurants, which operates the well-reviewed Vendemmia and two other eateries in the city. 

With a dinner-only menu that changes frequently, Le Messe specializes in fresh-made pastas and inspired takes on Italian mainstays. Start off with sunchoke soup, lamb meatballs or beef tartare with champagne vinegar. Entrees include squid ink spaghetti, tagliatelle with Dungeness crab and sea scallops with creamed kale. 

Le Messe's current rating of four stars out of 38 reviews on Yelp indicates the newcomer has received a warm response thus far.

"Le Messe is a great new Italian restaurant on Eastlake that is definitely worth a visit," said Edward S., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new arrival. "The pasta was outstanding — very fresh with an excellent sauce."

And Kate C. raved, "The food was great! Every dish was flavorful and executed well by the kitchen. The food was amazing and is another win for Brian Clevenger and his team. Looking forward to going back."

Le Messe is open from 5–10 p.m. daily.