Il Terrazzo Carmine (411 1st Ave. S., 206/467-7797, www.ilterrazzocarmine.com, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5:30–10:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 5:30–10:30 p.m. Sat., $28) is a delightful Pioneer Square restaurant perfect for a romantic dinner. Choose from homemade pastas, creamy risottos, and fantastic meat dishes, including a fall-off-the-bone osso bucco.
Al Boccalino (1 Yesler Way, 206/622-7688, www.seattleslittleitaly.com/al-boccalino-restaurant.html, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Sat., $14) is another longtime Pioneer Square favorite. Especially notable are the prawns and garlic served over a bed of sautéed spinach, and the saddle of lamb. Whatever you choose, pair it with a silky glass of wine from this restaurant’s amply stocked cellar.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition