Cafe Lago in Montlake has been making handmade pasta, thin-crust wood-fired pizza, and all that for more than 20 years (which makes a lot of places look a little late to the artisanal-Italian party). The lasagna is a Seattle classic. You might have to wait, but don’t worry: There’s a bar. And there’s weekend brunch made in the wood-fired oven: frittata with organic eggs, sausage, arugula, roasted red peppers, onion, smoked mozzarella, and Parmesan; breakfast pizzas like bacon rosemary and peach goat cheese; three “small and delicious” cinnamon rolls, created by and named after a line cook named Daisy. Wood. Fired. Cinnamon. Rolls.
2305 24th Ave E,
Hours: Mon 5-9 pm, Tue-Thurs 5-9:30 pm, Fri 5-10 pm, Sat 9 am–2 pm, 5-10, Sun 9 am–2 pm, 5-9 pm
Bar/Happy Hour, Breakfast/Brunch
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
Daily 5-6 pm ($7 cocktails, $6 wells and wines, $8-$10 small plates).