Burien >Osteria Da Primo
So amazing!!!!!. If you haven't tried this place you are missing out! Some of the best steak and seafood ever, not to mention perfectly cooked pasta and Italian style pizza. The owners are great and provide an excellent experience. Their wine knowlege is quite impressive and the selection of Italian wines at a resonable price can't be beat. Be prepared to feel like you are in Italy, it is amazing.
Maybe we didn't order right.... The restaurant is located on a main street that appears to be dying during the day but has more energy in the evening. We were greeted promptly, then waited 20 minutes for our wine. We soon became aware of just how understaffed they were. The room is small, maybe holding 60 if it was packed, with two people serving. Our server was not only taking drink orders, she was pouring them (no bartender?). She was hustling orders in and food out; she felt badly that we had to wait so long to have our order taken that she put ours at the top. The other "server" appeared to have two tables that were concluding their meals. Her efforts consisted of walking rapidly up and down the aisle, flipping her ponytail and being very careful to not make eye contact with anyone. The servers are evidently expected to clear and re-set the tables which further reduces service to the diners. I actually felt sorry for our server as she was extremely pleasant and didn't like not being able to pay attention to her tables. I'll mention the bread, which was served immediately accompanied by an olive oil and balsamic dip and it was quite good. My husband ordered the veal scallopini which he thought was good and I thought was fine. I ordered baked spaghetti. (Remember, it's an Italian restaurant. If they can't do the basic spaghetti what are chances the rest of the menu will be good?) Again, I thought it was fine. It was served with a combination bechamel and red sauce and was to be baked. I'm fairly certain it was broiled to expedite serving. It was so bland... I asked for red peppers and was delighted they offered chopped red peppers in olive oil. Once I added that, the spaghetti became quite tasty. Salads are served after the entre (their bow to the European way) so we didn't have one, nor did anyone else around us order one. The Tiramisu for dessert was wonderful as it wasn't overwhelmingly sweet (and shouldn't be). Will be go back? Quite possibly. However next time it will be to try the wood fired pizza!
What an experience!. I am not a food critic, but I know what I love, and I love Osteria Da Primo. This is a great place to take a date, or your family. The food is out of this world, my family ordered the wood fired pizza for an appetizer, and watched it go right into the 800 plus degree oven (you can actually see the temperature gauge). I have been here about 4 times, and have never been disappointed. Last night, my wife and I ordered the pasta dishes, and we woke up talking about how amazing they were. We live in Ballard, and it only took us 25 minutes to get home. Osteria Da Primo is easily as good as the "top rated" Italian restaurants in Seattle, where you will spend 25 minutes finding a parking place, and from experience, it is nearly half the price. Do yourself a favor and try it one night. You will be glad you did.
Am I in Italy?.
If you have ever been to Italy, had the food along with the family atmosphere then when you walk in these doors you will feel like you are in Italy!
We love this place as it is about 10 min. from west seattle, always parking and the owners are so nice an the food - ah perfect- carpacio, pizzas and pasta are always so good.
PERFECT NAME. Everything was perfect both times we've went..I've been to some the best eateries around Seattle and this gem really sticks out amoung them..THE FOOD IS SIMPLY ----PRIMO... Burien is lucky to have you...
Fabulous Homemade Calabrian Food.
Just a short 15 minutes from downtown Seattle where parking is free and plentiful you will find this jewel of a restaurant in Burien.
If you are lucky you will meet Primo and Fiamma and you will most certainly meet their parents, the owners, Carlo Guida and Lindsay White.
Chic and clean, beautiful pictures of Italy grace the restuarants' walls (don't miss the picture of the paternal matriarch in the women's room).
Out of the wood fired oven comes made to order, thin crust pizza topped with the freshest of ingredients. Other menu items are family recipes straight from Calabria. Come early and linger over great wine and their outstanding desserts. You won't be disappointed.
Incredible in every way. Billy Joel wrote a song about his favoriate Italian restaurant, and if I had any musical talent, I would write a song about this one. From the food to the atmosphere, this restaurant captures what is best about Italy: food with incredible flavor and authenticity that tastes homemade, with a wine selection to go with any entree. It is a place where you want to bring people because they will love it. I'll meet you anytime you want, at this Italian restaurant.
YUMMY AUTHENTIC ITALIAN!. Have you ever had authentic wood-fired Italian pizza? It's the greatest thing since sliced bread...and you'll get some of that too when you are seated. The first time I went to Primo's was shortly after they opened 3 or 4 years ago. I had lived in Florence for 6 months and was keen on finding out HOW authentic this food was. When I sat at the bar and heard the owner speaking Italian whilst making one of those yummy pizzas, I knew it would be buonissimo, and it was! The pasta is wonderful (try the fig and gorgonzola or split the four cheese gnocchi with a bottle of Aglianico). Osso Bucco is a recent selection that just melts in your mouth. They have gluten-free and vegetarian selections as well. Great atmosphere, service and food.
Great Food & Atmosphere!. Carlo and Lindsey have created a fabulous little part of Italy right in Burien, Washington! How lucky we are! The food, wine, service and atmosphere are wonderful. Everything is terrific, but the made-in-Italy spumoni is a big surprise! Not that white/pink/green stuff of my childhood! If you like Italian food, you must come here!
Now thats Italian!!!!!.
"This is what I think of when I feel like Italian!!! great atmosphere and amazing true Italian food cooked by the Owner and Chef Carlo Guida. He and his wife Lindsay have created a wonderful eating experience hidden in Burien. The pizza is cooked in a wood fired oven and is a true thin crust delight! The pasta is cooked perfect evrerytime and dont even get me started on the meat and fish dishes! I have been back so many times I have tried alomost everything on the menu and I have yet to have something I did not enjoy.
They also have a wonderful Italian wine selection and beer.
Make sure to add this to your list! It is worth finding and worth coming back again!, and again!"
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