‘Twas a fine, fine year to be hungry in Seattle. For ten days I’m reminiscing about just how fine, in my annual recap of the top ten plates of the year.

#4 I’ve become a broken record, recommending Cascina Spinasse to everyone for everything, but it genuinely keeps getting better, from the more spacious sexy interior to the whip-smart servers to the chicory salad with marinated rabbit to the terrina de torrone (vanilla gelato terrine) for dessert. But damn if it’s not the city’s best pasta, the tajarin in ragu or in sage butter—okay, they’re tied for best—that takes the prize all over again. The pasta’s delicate and rich, with sauces that are subtle and bold (particularly the ragu). Impossible and true—every time I order it.

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