Pasta Bella

Written by on August 26, 2014 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Ballard neighborhood, Seattle, Washington

Pasta Bella

How I heard of this place: Our third anniversary warranted an intimate, special dinner out and my husband spared nothing to make sure it was so. He did his research and learned that Pasta Bella was one of the most highly reviewed Italian restaurants in Ballard. He made the reservations and surprised me after work with our special, anniversary dinner.

Pasta Bella View

Type of cuisine: Our goal is to offer fresh and unique menu creations that allow everyone’s taste buds to experience something ‘Deliciously Italian.’

In house sauces, fresh pasta and local sourcing is what makes Pasta Bella stand apart from so many other restaurants.”

Pasta Bella Waiting Lobby

Ambiance:Pasta Bella Ristorante! Since 1990 we have worked to create a relaxing, comfortable environment for all to enjoy…Pasta Bella is very accommodating environment for rehearsal dinners, birthdays, or other special dinner celebrations.

Pasta Bella Entry

A little kitsch, very quaint with a semblance of grandma’s home, the cozy rooms, green walls with rusty trim and high-up shelves stocked with empty wine bottles, friendly staff and drunk old ladies vibrantly celebrating a birthday is what makes Pasta Bella a true neighborhood eatery. Music plays softly in the distance, though voices and happy giggling of diners is more prominent as couples on dates enjoy their windowed booth seating and glasses of wine.

Pasta Bella Dining

What I ordered: Tempted by the dinner special, $24 for three courses, we were soon swayed by the evening’s specials, of which I immediately partook.

Our starters included two salads: the Caesar ($5.95), a traditional preparation with romaine, Parmesan and freshly made croutons in a house made Caesar dressing, which contained anchovies and raw eggs,

Pasta Bella Caesar Salad

and the Spinach Salad ($5.95), a plate of fresh baby spinach tossed with black olives, onions and red peppers in a balsamic vinaigrette topped with Gorgonzola, nuts and shredded carrots,

Pasta Bella Spinach Salad

accompanied by warm, rustic bread served with roasted garlic.

Pasta Bella Bread Basket

For me, the Citrus-Glazed Fresh Alaskan Halibut ($26): a small filet of halibut, pan-seared with dill, capers and caramelized onions in a tart citrus wine sauce, served with pesto linguine and fresh, steamed vegetables.

Pasta Bella Halibut

For my husband, the hand-cut New York strip steak ($24.95), charbroiled and served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables with the Gorgonzola Mushroom sauce, of his choosing.

Pasta Bella Steak

What I loved: For both my husband and I, the Spinach Salad was a true winner! The combination of pungency by way of Gorgonzola cheese combined with the punch of balsamic vinegar and mild spinach truly hit the spot. Of the entrees, it is true that when an establishment boasts house-made pasta, made to order, you stick with pasts! The softness of the noodles, the lightness of the fresh pesto, the beauty of flavor profiles was abundantly clear!

Why I loved it: Friendly staff, homey environment, private street-facing booth-seat dining with my husband. Priceless.

Cost: Average ($11.95 – $24.95 per dinner entree)

Pasta Bella Night Time

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