Was it really 20 years ago that Cafe Lago opened in Montlake, opening Seattle’s eyes to homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, and the astonishing featherweight delicacy of perfect lasagne?

Apparently so, though this critic remembers the city’s collective gasp of delight as if it happened yesterday. Come relive the magic as Cafe Lago celebrates its big 2-0 all month. A few highlights:

A happy hour menu offers classics like pizzas, gnocchi, and salads for $4, Mondays through Thursdays in October, 5pm to 7pm.

On October 27th, drop in to grab a pizza for $9.95—the price of its pies in 1990, and about half the price they sell for now.

Then mark this date: November 14. That’s the night Lago culminates its festivities with a 7-course dinner with wine, starring such crowdpleasers as butternut squash with hazelnut goat cheese, braised short ribs with parmesan polenta…and that lasagne. Reserve a spot, $99 per person excluding gratuity.

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