What an unexpected and wonderful experience! #pastafreska is one of my new favorite restaurants.
In this unassuming, triangle-shaped restaurant located just off Westlake Avenue N, you will find a meal unlike any other.
At first, you walk into the restaurant and are greeted by the friendly staff. If you've been here before, it's likely that they'll remember you. The server -- Taylor, Marcelina, or possibly Ali, the son of Mike the owner (sorry if I've misspelled any of your names) -- won't bring you a menu. Instead, they'll ask you if you'd like anything to drink, about your dietary preferences, and if there is anything you can't / don't like to eat.
Then, the meal begins. They'll bring you a bottle of wine -- whatever they think you'll like. And then comes course after course of delicious perfection.
As my uncle put it, "The worst part about coming here is that you eat something amazing and don't know what it is!" This is what I remember:
- Two bottles of red wine
- Garlic bread (so soft and perfectly toasted!)
- Breaded rockfish - Mussels, clams, prawns
- Eggplant parmesan (definitely the winner tonight. So good.)
- Chicken thigh with goat cheese
- Spinach cannelloni stuffed with fish and shrimp
- Canneloni with chicken
- Pasta (they bring this straight out of the kitchen and serve it from a big pan)
- Four assorted desserts (Flan, spumoni ice cream, chocolate truffles with cherry sauce, and some sort of mango mousse sponge cake)
And that's just what I remember.
We were so full we practically rolled out of the restaurant. Then we all waddled straight to our beds in a deep food coma.
You may expect all of this to come at some insane price -- But all of this came out to just over $200 for the three of us (including tax, tip, and all that wine). Perfectly reasonable for what you get!
Basically, you will love Pasta Freska if you like the idea of:
- A family-owned restaurant with a casual, friendly, and intimate environment.
- A multiple-course gourmet meal with no menu.
- Exploring and sharing good food with good friends.
I totally recommend Pasta Freska for anyone looking for a Seattle gem.
HOSTARIA DINO & TONY wonderfully simple Roman food in a homey neighborhood! They’ve been friends since they were 6 years old (1968) and have been running this restaurant together. Sometimes restaurants are WAY more than just the food. They tell stories of life... #nomenu they just bring it to you and you pay whatever. #whatanexperience#romanfood#simpleandgood#rome2019