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Casa d'Italia--Seattle

steve | Apr 9, 200202:29 PM

Anyone been to this place? Reactions?

Because I suspect the link below will stop working within a week, I've copied the text of the review into this message:



How do you feel about Frank Sinatra? Not the cool, '50s, Nelson Riddle Sinatra; rather, the later, decadent Vegas Sinatra, turning every number into a celebration of his own jive-dude persona. If you can't take that Sinatra, in large, loud doses, don't bother to read on. But if you kind of like that Rat Pack-era attitude, chances are you're going to love CASA D'ITALIA. One whole wall appears to be a shrine to Hoboken's favorite son, the food is tasty '50s-style Italian (tomato in everything), servings are incredibly ample (stacks of to-go boxes stand at the ready for your replete departure), and from time to time chef Tony's voice from the kitchen joins the Chairman's in melodious duet. The antipasto plates (assembled from ingredients appetizingly displayed in a cooler case) are generous indeed; the large plate ($10) featured enough roasted veggies, cheese, and sausage to dull an army's appetite. You can spend up to $20 on your main dish if you order from the chalkboard specials and try hard; rack of lamb alla Genovese with a hearty side of pasta cost $19. But most daily specials are less (cheese-stuffed manicotti in a sea of tomato-cheese sauce was $15); menu pasta combos (all'olio, meatball, sausage, etc.) average about $10, and sausage and meatball heroes (take out or eat in) are $6.75-$7.50 with pasta on the side. Even if you feel like eating the whole thing, don't, because if you do you'll have to watch your tablemates devour Tony's wife Angeli's fresh-baked ricotta cheesecake ($5.50) without you, which would be a crime. 2615 N.E. 65th, 525-7747. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; closed Sun. Roger Downey



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