Best Italian: The Pink Door

The people have spoken.

For those craving a deliciously rustic Italian meal with a side of burlesque cabaret, look no further. Behind The Pink Door’s unmarked Post Alley entry is one of Seattle’s long-standing best-kept secrets. For more than 30 years, patrons have flocked here for outstanding Italian fare with an entertaining backdrop of aerialists, trapeze artists, music, and even tarot readings. The food is great—you’ll find classics like pappardelle al ragú Bolognese and grilled branzino—but the ambience is the reason to come, as is the popular rooftop deck with breathtaking views of Puget Sound. 1919 Post Alley, 443-3241

First runner-up: Machiavelli

Second runner-up: Il Corvo

Honorable mention: La Rustica, Razzis

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