Mike Easton’s pastas are marvelous, made by hand each morning in myriad shapes—ditalini, cavatelli, bucatini—and naturally leaning into the season: a tangle of morels here, sweet summer herbs there, richer ragus and silkier sauces come sweater season. As of last January, the three daily pastas ($9) and three or so antipasti (always worth ordering, especially the outstanding house-cured ham with celery) are now served in the sweet, busy, white-on-white lunch-only hideaway near Pioneer Square every weekday. There, folks in the know split up, one friend claiming space on the church pew banquette while the other waits in line to order. It’s both artisanal and affordable, casual yet thoughtful. We love Il Corvo. You will, too. Pioneer Square, 217 James St.; 206.538.0999; ilcorvopasta.com
Left: At $9 a bowl, why wouldn’t you order all three daily pastas for lunch at Il Corvo?