Spinasse09A136.jpg
Thomas Barwick
You knew this was coming, right?

Look, it's a list of favorites, not a list of finds. So having already cinched a spot

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100 Favorite Dishes: Tajarin at Cascina Spinasse

Spinasse09A136.jpg
Thomas Barwick
You knew this was coming, right?

Look, it's a list of favorites, not a list of finds. So having already cinched a spot on every important noodle list out there - including Grub Street's list of the best pasta in the country - does not automatically disqualify Spinasse's tajarin from favorite dish consideration. Honestly, this list would be pretty piffling without it.

I first visited Spinasse when my parents came to visit, and a few quick calculations established it would make financial and aesthetic sense for our party to order the whole menu, Diamond Jim Brady-style. ("We'll have everything," is a phrase that most food lovers fantasize about saying.) Every dish was excellent, but I recall us wondering whether we should have just ordered a round of tajarin for everyone and called it a night.

Spinasse's tajarin is spectacular because its greatness doesn't shout. Dressed with butter and sage, the tender Piedmont-style noodles, sun-bright from egg yolks, are extraordinarily delicate. But their rich flavor is sturdy and sure. There's no better pasta in Seattle.

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