The Poor Italian Cafe is located in downtown Seattle right across from the Moore theater. That makes it a great place for a "night on the town" if you're going to the Moore. They have good authentic Italian food and an upscale atmostphere, but you don't have to be formal to feel comfortable. It's fairly expensive though, so we wouldn't visit it regularly.
We had the Capelini Adriatica, a seafood medly with angel hair pasta, which was the highlight. We also tried the Salmon Ravioli which was okay, but not as good as it sounded. The "large" Salad Mista we got as an accompaniment was good and light, but I didn't think it was nine dollars good, and it wasn't that "large". Dessert was Tiramisu, mainly because they were out of everything else, and it was good too.
Our waitress recommended a good low-priced Chianti - the Rocca Delle Macie, and we were
very pleased with it. In general, our service was a bit below average, and the
place was almost empty. I guess they don't get a big crowd on non-weekends. So overall,
the food was good, but the prices were also high, so factor that into your decision.