Buon appetito: The best Italian eateries in and around Spokane - Story by Adriana Janovich at inlander.com
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Buon appetito: The best Italian eateries in and around Spokane
Story by Adriana Janovich at 11:15 AM on Wed, May 10, 2017

Take the cannoli. The ravioli, too. And, maybe, the manicotti.

They say the trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again.

In and around the Spokane area, diners can find modern Italian cuisine made from scratch to traditional Italian-American fare with extra Parmesan and endless helpings of bread and butter. There's everything from the elegant and contemporary to the cheesy, carby, garlicky and creamy.

This is where to go when you're craving Italian food.

Italia Trattoria

This is not a red-and-white- checked-tablecloth kind of place. Italia presents upscale modern Italian fare in a casually elegant environment. Dishes – thoughtful, satisfying but not inherently heavy – are made from scratch. Despite a concrete floor and two roll-top, garage-style doors, the space – contemporary, cozy, uncluttered – feels warm and inviting. Top-notch hospitality adds to that ambiance. Owners Anna Vogel and Bethe Bowman hold themselves to high standards. Both have worked for celebrity chef Tom Douglas in Seattle. Vogel grew up in Switzerland and worked in Sydney, New York City and Boston before becoming Douglas' corporate chef. Bowman also worked for Douglas, then managed the front of the house at Luna before she and Vogel opened Italia in 2010 in Browne's Addition. Today, it enjoys a fiercely loyal following. Reservations are recommended for dinner. Start with charred octopus with spicy tomato oil, potatoes and lemon-parsley salad before moving onto mains such as squid ink fettuccine with spicy shrimp, grilled lamb chops with crispy gnocchi, or pappardelle lamb ragu with Pecorino and fresh mint. Consider a craft cocktail with Italian liqueur. Note: Italia becomes very busy for Saturday and Sunday brunch with staples such as the Caprese omelet, Italian frittata and Italian skillet pork hash. Start or end with zeppole, Italian doughnuts, which are made to order and are served with maple cream. 144 S. Cannon St. (509) 459-6000. www.italiatrattoriaspokane.com.