This is our second visit to Pasta Freska; the first was skewed by having a very large party in a somewhat smallish restaurant, so it wouldn't be fair to jusge on that experience. Although, that experience was very good, too!
This time, it was just my partner and I, which is a typical scenario for us. Don't go to Pasta Freska with your typical expectations - don't expect a menu, don't expect a hostess with a white board and a table map, don't expect to sit around being ignored until your table is ready.
DO expect personal and frequent attention form your host, Chef Mike, as he personally selects a table for you (from a smallish selection of available tables... the place isn't that big). DO expect him to come by and offer you some wine, some nibbles, and friendly conversation while you wait, if you have to wait. You are DEFINITELY not being forgotten. The menu - well, there isn't one. Mike will come by and ask you what you like, what you don't, and then sit back, relax, and enjoy as plate after plate (I think there were 6) are brought to you, with some wine of you like (you kinda get what you get, but when it's Brunello d'Montepulciano, I certainly wasn't disappointed!). The sauces were delicious, and the pasta was good. Mike came by several times to check on us, which is always nice (to see the Chef in the dining room as well as the Kitchen). The dessert trip at the end was great, too. Spumoni (seemed handmade - yummy!), ganache (decadent) and something else I can't remember (sorry - the third wasn't memorable) were a delightful endcap, with a splash (or two... or three!) of port.
One think I noted on our previous trip was how great Mike and the staff are with children - he practically effused with the kids! It was almost like going to a favored uncle's house for dinner, how engaging Mike and the staff are with well-mannered children. I am loathe to recommend a favored restaurant for children, but Pasta Freska is a noted exception. I hope Mike feels the same - it seems he does.
The restaurant trappings aren't "high society", but they're adequate. It's darkened, with colored lights for illumination. The tables are smallish, but adequate for the meal. No parking lot, but in Seattle if you're expecting an easy time parking, go to Bellevue.
The best way to summarize the Pasta Freska experience - it's like going to your Italian grandmother's house, being doted on by your Italian grandmother (albeit with a moustache and much deeper voice), and having plate after delicious plate put in front of you until you're stuffed, and then the spumoni comes out. Sure, she doesn't decorate well and her furniture is a bit dated, but she loves you and she cooks a mean meal. Meals, that is.
You can find fancier Italian, but I haven't found funner italian. With some restaurants, you get food. Here, you get an engaging experience with delicious food.This ain't Olive Garden, kids.
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