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It’s one of the most aesthetically challenged dining rooms in town, and yet this former Pizza Hut in a Madison Valley strip mall has become a hangout, thanks to homey stylings of chef Tricia Harte, who dispatches plates of rustic porchetta with no-nonsense sauteed vegetables, pillowy pizzas baked in cast iron, and delicate polenta crepes stuffed with braised lamb leg and swathed in a creamy sauce of goat cheese and just enough mint. Harte partnered with veteran Pioneer Square restaurateur Luigi DeNunzio but serves her own favorites from Italy and the East Coast. Add in the genial front-of-house guy, housemade pastas (that every so often need salt), and Harte’s habit of chatting with customers from her kitchen: It’s like dinner at your Italian grandma’s house—just not in that cliche, Olive Garden–commercial way. 

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Aglio e Olio

2743 E Madison St, Seattle, WA, 98112
Madison Valley  •  206-709-8883
Tue–Thu 11am–9:30pm<br /> Fri–Sat 11am–10pm<br /> Sun 11am–9pm