Recently we spent a lovely evening celebrating a good friend’s birthday at Osteria La Spiga, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
It was the third time we’ve dined here, and was definitely the best of the three experiences. The interior is industrial and trendy, with a mix of wood, metal and leather that somehow exudes warmth and satisfaction. We were sat in a cozy booth for six, which makes for great conversation and food sharing.
We had a couple fun perks since our friend is pals with the owner. But still, it was a stellar dining experience that needs to be told.
The group shared a few antipasti: the Affettati Misti (selection of Italian and domestic cured meats), Formaggi Misti (selection of Italian artisan cheeses) and Fritto Misto di Pesce (crispy fried calamari, bay scallops, shrimp and fish with salsa verde dipping sauce). Along with a crisp and delightful Prosecco, it was the perfect way to begin our meal.
I frankly cannot remember what everyone else ordered for their Primi or Secondi, because my Tagliatelle al Burro di Tartufo (tagliatelle noodles with white alba truffle butter) arrived, and my brain tuned out the outside world with my first taste of this heavenly dish. The pasta was fresh, tender and beautifully-made, and the sauce was just…so…fucking…good. If I was dining alone I would have licked the plate clean.
I do recall someone having the Lasagne Verdi (fresh spinach lasagna layered with ragu béchamel and Parmigiano Reggiano) and another the Spaghetti Neri Con Bottarga e Pistacchi (black chittara spaghetti served with bottarga, pistachios, orange zest, peperoncino and garlic)—both of which were also pronounced as fabulous. Of course we had a couple bottles of an amazing Italian red, but I do not know the name.
Dessert was Tiramisu, made from the owner’s mama’s recipe. Delizioso.
After dinner we were all sated and happy, the night was warm and inviting, and we continued on to a little watering hole.