It's 2 AM in Pioneer Square and you NEED a big plate of Fettuccine – where …

It's 2 AM in Pioneer Square and you NEED a big plate of Fettuccine – where did you go? Trattoria Mitchelli's! One such night in the 80s, I tried to impress a girl by daring her to eat the garlic pasta with me. Topped with an absurd quantity of barely-roasted garlic, it was only edible if the diner was somewhat, er, medicated. I am told the next morning, the girl's Mom came into her room and exclaimed, "OMG, that boy will NEVER ask you out again if you stink like that!" Thirty-one years, later, I continue to prove my mother-in-law wrong.




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  1. singing serve staff, great ambience, his stepson has 2 joints, one in Smith Tower and the other one up north…

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  2. 13 Coins had the best Crab omelets at 2:00 AM! 🙂

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  3. Yes. And abalone I miss that so much

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  4. Trattoria Mitchelli was great! We loved eating there in the 80s, too, but haven’t thought about them for ages. What’s comparable?

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  5. So, the couple who eats garlic together stays together? Perfect! Hope you are still having gastronomic adventures together- Mangia!

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  6. Loved the late-night noshing there… 😊

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  7. I was hoping for that last sentence halfway through, my friend

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  8. So Many fun times, friends & memories, Over a decade , 80’s.
    I Loved their desert items.

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  9. Loved reading your TM reminisce

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  10. Love it! What a great story!
    I think the sister restaurant was Angelina’s in West Seattle. My favorite restaurant!

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  11. Once watch a famous food fight with a famous rock star stood outside in the window laughing my ass off

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  12. We made it to 13 Coins many many times!

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  13. I have many great memories of dining experiences there. I miss it very much!!!

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  14. I worked the breakfast shift at the counter and no one opened the front door until the juice had been pressed and our espresso shots had been drawn…they were queued up outside every morning like clockwork.
    And the evening shift staff was a blast to work with.
    So many memories

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  15. Great story! We miss that place too!

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  16. My favorite was their mostaccioli. I cant remember the ingredients, but I ordered it every time.🙂

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  17. Just LOVED that place. It was a staple in Seattle. I believe the family also owned Angelina’s in West Seattle which we dearly miss too. No good neighborhood Italian restaurants here now. We went there about once a week. Micheli’s about once a month for that great late night pasta marinara.

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  18. My daughter once pointed out to them that the Italian flag on their sign was up side down. They told her to f*** off but the next day it was fixed. lol She was 15.

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  19. Shame Danny snorted all his businesses up his nose.

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  20. I used to go toTratie Raty’s all the time i was friends with Danny Mitchel.owner.😃😚

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  21. Love that place. A favorite when I worked in the Smith Tower.

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  22. Our wedding ceremony was 7pm, reception till 11pm at the Shafer Mansion, drinks after on the deck at Triples with the gang, somewhere else after that…
    Totally hungry at 2:30 am. What to do? Went to the Trat with a bridesmaid and her date, all 4 of us still in our wedding attire.
    Yep, started my 31+ year marriage twirling pasta in red sauce in a white satin gown, reeking of garlic and joy. I miss that place.

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  23. When I was working in Mayor Royer’s office, I met a young woman there for coffee who had just come to town to work on Sen. Alan Cranston’s presidential campaign. I gave her some names to call, but told her I was supporting Sen. Gary Hart. She thanked me for the advice and for picking up the tab. Her name was Maria Cantwell. Nice woman. I wonder whatever happened to her? She sure seemed interested in politics. Just a fond memory of that place. Danny M. was great.

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  24. Off topic but what as the name of the late night Italian place in the U-District?

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  25. I helped them put that restaurant together years ago!

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  26. I miss that place all the time.

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  27. I loved going to that place. No good italian downtown now.

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  28. I had the cartoon furniture store across the street and i made his sandwich board sign. During fat tuesday riots i had trouble with 3 guys i was taking on 2 of them while the 3rd was about to attack me from behind….danny came flying across the street and took him down before he could get to me.

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