Rock Pasta (1920 Jefferson Ave., 253/272-1221, 11 a.m.–midnight Sun.–Thurs., 11:30 a.m.–1 a.m. Fri.–Sat.) is the place to go for gourmet wood-fired pizzas and pasta and a big choice of microbrews.
Another excellent pizza place—one reader called it the best he ever tasted—is Cloverleaf Pizzas (6430 6th Ave., 253/565-1111, 5–10 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat.–Sun.).
Ravenous Restaurant (785 Broadway, 253/572-6374, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Mon–Fri. and 5:30–9 p.m. Wed.–Sat.) is a little downtown bistro that makes flavorful Italian and Northwest cuisine. It’s popular with the business-lunch crowd.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition