Italian insouciance gets a Northwest spin at this little gem of a Capitol Hill bar, sister to Spinasse restaurant. Enjoy everything from pissaladiera (shown here, $7), house-made crackers daubed with ricotta or chickpea spread, to full on meaty braises of great hidden depths. Don’t miss anything that comes with delicious tonnato (tuna sauce). Brown drinks are the way to go, such as the We’ll Do It for Johnny, rye kissed with cherry balsamico.
Dinner Wed.–Mon. Capitol Hill/First Hill, 1531 14th Ave.; 206.251.7673; spinasse.com