You can tell a lot about a restaurant by its simplest dish. At Raccolto, the West Seattle restaurant opened by chef/owner Brian Clevenger in a new building just beyond the Junction in early November, that dish is cavatelli ($11)

There are a lot of reasons to mope around right now. Drown your sorrows in a heart-shaped box of chocolates or get out there and try to enjoy yourself. 

As a new wave of Italian eateries joins old favorites, we're falling in love with spectacular house-made pasta all over again

Mike Easton is an inspiration: The former Lecosho chef is cooking what he loves, making his own hours (Il Corvo’s only open weekdays at lunchtime) and running his own show.