Osteria la Spiga was co-founded in 1998 by Chef Sabrina Tinsley and her husband, Pietro Borghesi, in a quest to bring authentic cuisine from northern Italy to Seattle. In Italy, the Osteria is a welcoming neighborhood spot where locals savor fresh, seasonal food in the company of good friends. Osteria la Spiga is just such a place; the atmosphere is inviting, and the food warms the soul. As co-founder and host Pietro Borghesi says, “An evening at la Spiga is like dining in Italy — without the plane fare.”
La Spiga's menu pays homage to Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. Chef Sabrina creates tasty, seasonal dishes that reflect the authenticity of the food while using the finest Italian ingredients and what is freshest from local sources.
After successful eight years in a smaller venue, la Spiga moved to the historic Piston & Ring building on Seattle's Capitol Hill. The location, a former auto body shop, was completely reimagined by Graham Baba Architects and transformed by skilled craftspeople into an architecturally stunning space full of wood and beautiful iron work. It has been described as cool enough for a date, yet warm enough to bring the family. Features include a loft-like mezzanine (perfect for private parties), loads of wooden beams, and a massive bar backed by an impressive wine collection.