Happy Hour at Darkalino's in Pioneer Square

We recently dined at Darkalino's, an Italian spot in Pioneer Square that's perfect for happy hour. They have a daily happy hour from 2-5! They're located in the former London Plane, a large and bright open space, with an upstairs area that also has tables. Darkalino's vibe is casual, but with upscale pasta and sides. There's also a sporty feel, since they have a big screen tv playing sports and even a wall with athletic shoes for sale. 

If you love pairing a fruity Spritz with your Italian eats, then you're in luck at this joint. The happy hour menu has a $10 Darkalino's Spritz which has Prosecco, Aperol, Blood Orange, and soda. This was my pick, and I drank it with some Ragu pasta, which I shared with my husband. 

Ragu pasta has beef and lamb with Rigatoni pasta. The pasta was cooked Al dente, so it was on the harder side, but I enjoyed it. The sauce looked underwhelming, but was a little spicy, which I didn't expect but I loved. Overall, the dish was warm and hearty, and the parmesan cheese on top gave it even more flavor. 

We also shared the Goat Cheese which came with a pear mostarda, burnt honey, chili oil, and basil. The goat cheese was a light, whipped and creamy spread. The other elements made the cheese a little spicy and it was packed with flavor. It came with Focaccia bread, which we spread on top and dipped into the creamy cheese dish. My husband had a Dark Marg and we also shared a Nuovo Fashioned, Darlalino's take on an Old Fashioned. 

Their prices are steep, even the happy hour prices. The servings aren't that big either, for the price. We came in for a very early dinner, and so we were happy sharing a dish and an appetizer. This would be a great spot to stop before a game or concert at Lumen Field or T-Mobile Park, which are just down the street. 


300 Occidental Ave 

Seattle, WA 

(206) 905-4377


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