Ethan Stowell's Rione XIII recently launched a happy hour menu, giving carbophiles another destination for discounted bowls of pasta, because sometimes you want to eat two helpings and we won't judge you for that. Here are some Italian joints with great drink specials and pasta options (and maybe a few other items as well, you know, like vegetables).
The bustle of 15th offers great people watching while you slurp bucatini amatriciana, a thick spaghetti-like noodle with guanciale, chili, and tomato sauce. It's one of three $8 pasta bowls on the HH menu, available Sunday through Thursday 5 to 6 and 10 to 11 (wow, apparently these guys do happy one hour at a time). There's also a quartet of $8 pizzas, a plate of tripe, and some fried artichokes that sound awfully intriguing. House wine for $5 includes lambrusco, a chilled effervescent red overcoming its sordid past, and cocktails for $6.
It’s simple here, half off the entire bar menu–a list of 20 dishes ranging from a grilled caesar salad to baked escargot. It's available from 3 to 6:30 and 10 to close every day. That puts a rigatoni with beef and veal ragu or a plate of house made ravioli in at just under $7. With a bottle of house white, red, or rose for $14, that’s a meal worth enduring the blaring techno and sitting elbow to elbow with strangers.
Panevino Trattoria and Bar
Though happy hour runs daily from 3 to 6 and 9 to close, it lasts all night on Thursdays. With $4 beers, wines, and well cocktails a lot of damage (the good kind) can be done at this Broadway spot. The menu sports nine dishes at $6 a plate, including a rigatoni bolognese and penne Alfredo. There are seafood options like scampi al limone and cippiono that pair quite nicely with that $5 glass of prosecco.
This longtime Pike Place Market restaurant offers happy hour with a bit of romance. Goat chesse crostini and two salads come in at under $3. Pastawise there's a mushroom ravioli in a fennel cream and rigatoni bolognese, both for under $4. For more bready carb options, a trio of pizzas range from $8 to $10. Paired with $3 Italian wines, that’s one cheap date. Available daily from 5 to 6:30 and 10 to midnight Sunday thru Thursday and even later on Friday and Saturday 11 to 1am.
This HH menu consists of eight dishes, like thumb-pinched plin stuffed with braised pork and savoy cabbage–a Serafina staple–or ravioli con piselli with English peas and black truffle, all for $6. For dessert, have the chesse plate with quince paste: one cheese for $5, three for $13, or five for $20. Wine goes for $6, beers for $3, and five Italian-inspired cocktails for $7. Offered weekdays from 4 to 6.
Catering to the Amazon campus, this northern-Italian happy hour starts early, running 2 to 6 Monday through Friday and 4:30 to 6 on weekends. Beer, wine, and cocktails range from $4 to $6 including a prosecco pink drink with lambrusco, cranberry syrup, and lemon. For $7 get a plate of gramigna with beef bolognese, a short curled noodle in a meaty tomato sauce. For more of a nosh, there's salumi, duck liver pate, marinated beets, or roasted brussel sprouts. See? I told you there would be some vegetables.