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If you’ve got an ongoing relationship with meat, cheese and carbs, chances are Italian food is your thing. Pair your favorite pasta dish with a glass of red wine, and you’ve got yourself the perfect night. Not only does Italian food make for the ideal comfort food, many Italian restaurants create an enticing and romantic ambiance for your enjoyment.

Pasta Bella Ristorante

5909 15th Ave. NW

Located in the heart of Ballard, Pasta Bella Ristorante is conveniently located less than five minutes from our apartments in Ballard. Not only is this restaurant a popular spot for dinner, but can also be rented out for private dining, private events and parties. Closed on Mondays, Pasta Bella is open six days a week and includes a wide variety of pasta, chicken, steak and salads for you to choose from. For starters, we recommend their mussels or calamari before transitioning over to options such as their linguini carbonara, hand-cut steaks or wild mushroom ravioli. Yum! If you’re interested in having their food at your next event, Pasta Bella can help out! They cater for weddings and parties, as well as all business and corporate events.

San Fermo Restaurant

5341 Ballard Ave. NW

Small yet mighty, San Fermo Restaurant offers up some traditional Italian cuisine for you to enjoy with family and friends. Take your pick from the grilled octopus salad or short ribs, or choose from one of their more classic options, such as the saffron spaghetti bolognese. Although reservations aren’t required, space in this restaurant is limited so it’s recommended. For those of you interested in getting your brunch on, San Fermo’s offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 3pm. As the weather begins to warm up, make your way outdoors to enjoy your meals from the patio deck seating. San Fermo’s offers both Italian and domestic wine selections, providing you with plenty of options to help you unwind and enjoy your meal after a long days work.

 

Palermo Ballard Pizza & Pasta 

2005 NW Market St.

If you’re interested in having some grub to munch on in a laid back atmosphere, Palermo Ballard Pizza and Pasta is the place to be. This simply decorated pizzeria is close to our Ballard apartments and is the perfect place to quickly stop in, we promise you won’t be disappointed with their menu options. Choose from sandwiches and salads to pizzas and calzones, with Palermo even offering gluten-free pizza for those with dietary restrictions. Our recommendations? The prosciutto and arugula pizza or the barbecue chicken calzone. If you’re interested in heading over to Palermo’s in the morning, they’ve got a wide variety of omelets, benedicts and pancakes to put some pep in your step and get your mornings started off the right way.

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