Lunch Box

INGALLINA'S When your food makes people yearn for Briazz, you have problems. Sure, Ingallina's provides you with all the proverbial food groups, but the snarky words of Weekly staffers (almost) never lie. The midday crowd became quickly impatient with "overcooked," "mealy" tortellini in the pesto pasta salad; the knee-jerk inclusion of sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts couldn't save the soggy pasta. Ingallina's raison d'ĂȘtre is packaging salads and sandwiches in $10 box lunches that include pretzels, cookies, rolls, fresh fruit, and bottled water, but dry tuna, processed turkey, and wan fruit salad on its last legs made each boxed meal seem like a waste of time and taste buds. The company delivers, but our frustrated tasters could surely pack a better lunch themselves. If you miss your mother, give her a call; don't expect Ingallina's box lunches to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. Ingallina's Box Lunch, Inc., 135 S. Lucille St., 206-766-9400, SODO. NEAL SCHINDLER

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