Leonardo's On Lovejoy

★★★☆☆

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I am sorry to say this resturant has been closed for several months. As a person who works in the Pearl, I am sorry to see it go. It had good food, Killer Pizza and was within walking distance on work. I hope something opens in it's place soon

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★☆☆☆☆

I am sorry to say this resturant has been closed for several months. As a person who works in the Pearl, I am sorry to see it go. It had good food, Killer Pizza and was within walking distance on work. I hope something opens in it's place soon

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Actually, I am the Sous Chef that left the restaurant back in July and no, contrary to your guess, I did not write the previous review. I have better things to do with my time than to slam former employers that I left of my own free will.

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★★★☆☆

Actually, I am the Sous Chef that left the restaurant back in July and no, contrary to your guess, I did not write the previous review. I have better things to do with my time than to slam former employers that I left of my own free will.

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I don't know what the guy that left the last review is talking about-I live across the street from this place and have had the pizza once or twice a week becasue it is truly "The Best Pizza" I have ever eaten-I am not a fan of the thin wimpy flat crust pizza's- I love the soft,light chewy crust and sauce that comes on Leonardo's Pizza!!! I have eaten a few salads and a few happy hour items and they were all delicious and reasonably priced and incredibly clean. I wonder if the guy that left such a terrible review-far worst than I could imagine this place getting is maybe not the "Chef" that quit. I had no idea who the chef or employees as a customer so wonder how he knows all of the inside biz unless he is an old employee with a grudge??? Just my opinion!

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★★★★★

I don't know what the guy that left the last review is talking about-I live across the street from this place and have had the pizza once or twice a week becasue it is truly "The Best Pizza" I have ever eaten-I am not a fan of the thin wimpy flat crust pizza's- I love the soft,light chewy crust and sauce that comes on Leonardo's Pizza!!! I have eaten a few salads and a few happy hour items and they were all delicious and reasonably priced and incredibly clean. I wonder if the guy that left such a terrible review-far worst than I could imagine this place getting is maybe not the "Chef" that quit. I had no idea who the chef or employees as a customer so wonder how he knows all of the inside biz unless he is an old employee with a grudge??? Just my opinion!

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I've passed by this place a dozen times and never stopped in, then the rains came. I finally decided to give the place a shot and I'm glad I did. i found the food to be reasonably priced with ample portions and quite delicious.

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★★★★☆

I've passed by this place a dozen times and never stopped in, then the rains came. I finally decided to give the place a shot and I'm glad I did. i found the food to be reasonably priced with ample portions and quite delicious.

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I have eaten here a couple of times in the past and the food was pretty good. Then their Chef left a couple months ago and the food has gone so far downhill it's not even funny. Fact is, I have even seen several other employees leave recently.....you know, like rodents from a sinking ship. The new Chef is a joke, his specials are unappetizing and completely uncreative. The pizza, while fairly good, is made with far too much dough....thinner crusts are in, someone needs to tell the owners that. Speaking of the owners, they have to be clueless, why else would they not do anything to stop what must be a steady outflow of money. Why, when there are far superior Italian restaurants within walking distance would anyone go here? One other thing I found amusing on my last trip there, which will be my last trip, the owners name is Leonard, not Leonardo, the old guy isn't even Italian!! Bad food, bad service and a phony at the front door.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have eaten here a couple of times in the past and the food was pretty good. Then their Chef left a couple months ago and the food has gone so far downhill it's not even funny. Fact is, I have even seen several other employees leave recently.....you know, like rodents from a sinking ship. The new Chef is a joke, his specials are unappetizing and completely uncreative. The pizza, while fairly good, is made with far too much dough....thinner crusts are in, someone needs to tell the owners that. Speaking of the owners, they have to be clueless, why else would they not do anything to stop what must be a steady outflow of money. Why, when there are far superior Italian restaurants within walking distance would anyone go here? One other thing I found amusing on my last trip there, which will be my last trip, the owners name is Leonard, not Leonardo, the old guy isn't even Italian!! Bad food, bad service and a phony at the front door.

Pros: Location and ambience

Cons: understaffed, bad staff, bad food

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We went to Leonardos back in the spring and it was great. The young man that waited on us was friendly and very knowledgable about wine and helped us choose a great bottle to go with our food. We shared items on the menu one being the pork chop and the other the ravioli. The food was fantastic as was the service. Then we came back recently this summer and the woman that waited on us was pushy and rude. It didn't look like she had any help during a busy dinner hour. She looked frustrated and overwhelmed as we felt bad for her. The result was a long dreadfull wait till the food got there. It took over 35 mins to get anything. The specials were random and unattractive to the pallet so we stuck with simple boring pasta dishes they had on the menu. The food was terrible needless to say. After the meal we went to the bar where a young man mixed and served us two fantastic after dinner cocktails. We soon forgot about the lame attempt at Italian food. As we sat at the bar we watched the open kitchen operate. Not a good idea to have it open if the cooks are cussing and raising their voices. We will NOT be back again unless it is for drinks on the patio.
I would not reccomend this place because there are many other Italian spots within blocks that are running smoother than this young inexperienced restaurant. This place wont last like the previous two, which is too bad because I love living down here and seeing and trying out new places.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Leonardos back in the spring and it was great. The young man that waited on us was friendly and very knowledgable about wine and helped us choose a great bottle to go with our food. We shared items on the menu one being the pork chop and the other the ravioli. The food was fantastic as was the service. Then we came back recently this summer and the woman that waited on us was pushy and rude. It didn't look like she had any help during a busy dinner hour. She looked frustrated and overwhelmed as we felt bad for her. The result was a long dreadfull wait till the food got there. It took over 35 mins to get anything. The specials were random and unattractive to the pallet so we stuck with simple boring pasta dishes they had on the menu. The food was terrible needless to say. After the meal we went to the bar where a young man mixed and served us two fantastic after dinner cocktails. We soon forgot about the lame attempt at Italian food. As we sat at the bar we watched the open kitchen operate. Not a good idea to have it open if the cooks are cussing and raising their voices. We will NOT be back again unless it is for drinks on the patio.
I would not reccomend this place because there are many other Italian spots within blocks that are running smoother than this young inexperienced restaurant. This place wont last like the previous two, which is too bad because I love living down here and seeing and trying out new places.

Pros: cocktails and bartender

Cons: food, open kitchen, operations

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From the very outset we should have quickly exited,no host,no pleasant aromas from the kitchen,arrogant waiter,learned that most of the food was not made on premises.Foolishly we ordered ,and try to eat one of the worst italian food presentations since canned tomato sauce.Imagine, an Italian restaurant that buys premade meatballs.My Italian heritage weeps ,shame on you...

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★☆☆☆☆

From the very outset we should have quickly exited,no host,no pleasant aromas from the kitchen,arrogant waiter,learned that most of the food was not made on premises.Foolishly we ordered ,and try to eat one of the worst italian food presentations since canned tomato sauce.Imagine, an Italian restaurant that buys premade meatballs.My Italian heritage weeps ,shame on you...

Pros: none

Cons: service food,attitude

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I am staying in the area in temp housing, so I eat out quite a bit. A little corner shop, with very few people in it... figured I would give it a try.

the atmosphere is "hip", thats not a plus to me, I would rather have dark leather and cigars instead of open, airy, and windows to the street to watch the people. Well, thats the only almost negative thing I can say about this place. While the atmosphere isnt what I would build, it is still very nice, and fun watching the people.

The food... wow... I am moving out of the city soon, but I will be back for the food. I hvae had the pizza for takeout, and the lasagna last night eating there with a friend, both have been A+. The service and staff, again... GREAT. Their wine was fantastic and great recommendations if you dont know your wine well. If your in the area, or even if your not, check them out if you really like your Italian.

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★★★★★

I am staying in the area in temp housing, so I eat out quite a bit. A little corner shop, with very few people in it... figured I would give it a try.

the atmosphere is "hip", thats not a plus to me, I would rather have dark leather and cigars instead of open, airy, and windows to the street to watch the people. Well, thats the only almost negative thing I can say about this place. While the atmosphere isnt what I would build, it is still very nice, and fun watching the people.

The food... wow... I am moving out of the city soon, but I will be back for the food. I hvae had the pizza for takeout, and the lasagna last night eating there with a friend, both have been A+. The service and staff, again... GREAT. Their wine was fantastic and great recommendations if you dont know your wine well. If your in the area, or even if your not, check them out if you really like your Italian.

Pros: the food and the people

Cons: a little "hip" feeling.. but thats just me

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Delicious Italian food from people who love what they do! Had a great relaxed atmosphere. Went with a group of 6 friends and we all tried each others dishes, all were amazing especially the baked pork chops. Even the classic dishes like Lasagna had an amazing and unique flavor to them that I have never had anywhere else. All dishes came with soup or salad, the Fagiole soup was excellent. Even though the group was full from dinner, we tested three different desserts which were all tasty as well especially the mud slide pie, best I've ever had! At the end of the night we realized our server was Leonardo himself, so we had a chance to talk with him for a bit and the man has a great passion for cooking his food and truly enjoys his guests. If you like Italian food for a quality price or just want to stop in for some dessert, I would highly recommend this restaurant, you will not be disappointed unless you have no heart or tastebuds. I personally can't wait to go back and try the pizza!

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★★★★★

Delicious Italian food from people who love what they do! Had a great relaxed atmosphere. Went with a group of 6 friends and we all tried each others dishes, all were amazing especially the baked pork chops. Even the classic dishes like Lasagna had an amazing and unique flavor to them that I have never had anywhere else. All dishes came with soup or salad, the Fagiole soup was excellent. Even though the group was full from dinner, we tested three different desserts which were all tasty as well especially the mud slide pie, best I've ever had! At the end of the night we realized our server was Leonardo himself, so we had a chance to talk with him for a bit and the man has a great passion for cooking his food and truly enjoys his guests. If you like Italian food for a quality price or just want to stop in for some dessert, I would highly recommend this restaurant, you will not be disappointed unless you have no heart or tastebuds. I personally can't wait to go back and try the pizza!

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My boyfriend and I live in the neighborhood and were excited to try the new restaurant. The only positive thing I have to say about Leonardo's is that the interiors are fab. The food however was more than disappointing. My Boyfriend's Chicken Parmesan was no doubt frozen and re-heated in a microwave. The pasta I had was mushy and drenched in this gooey cheese sauce that I'm sure came out of a can. Needless to say, my stomach hurt until the next morning. The salad dressing was Wishbone at best. To top it off, the wine pour compared to that of a tasting, AKA sip.
Italians take pride in their food preparation, fresh ingredients and ultimate presentation. It is sad to go to an Italian restaurant and have such poor quality food. If you want true Italian go to Piazza Italia or Fratelli's. Portland is full of amazing chefs who put out wonderful food. If you are a foodie, don't waste your time. If you like the Olive Garden, Leonardo's might be for you.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I live in the neighborhood and were excited to try the new restaurant. The only positive thing I have to say about Leonardo's is that the interiors are fab. The food however was more than disappointing. My Boyfriend's Chicken Parmesan was no doubt frozen and re-heated in a microwave. The pasta I had was mushy and drenched in this gooey cheese sauce that I'm sure came out of a can. Needless to say, my stomach hurt until the next morning. The salad dressing was Wishbone at best. To top it off, the wine pour compared to that of a tasting, AKA sip.
Italians take pride in their food preparation, fresh ingredients and ultimate presentation. It is sad to go to an Italian restaurant and have such poor quality food. If you want true Italian go to Piazza Italia or Fratelli's. Portland is full of amazing chefs who put out wonderful food. If you are a foodie, don't waste your time. If you like the Olive Garden, Leonardo's might be for you.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Terrible food, small wine pour, generic

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They have great food but this family owned restaurant seems to cater more to a....surly crowd. If you dine in the new dining room it is much nicer! Try their really good spaghetti!

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★★★★☆

They have great food but this family owned restaurant seems to cater more to a....surly crowd. If you dine in the new dining room it is much nicer! Try their really good spaghetti!

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A little taste of Italy right in the midst of the Pearl! Absolutely delightful, can't wait to come back when the weather is warm to sit outside and enjoy all that Leonardo's can offer the senses. The food is precise...not overly done, not too artsey, just reasonable and prepared with care. Leonardo himself is just an adorable man. He greeted us himself and somehow remembered by name--by my voice, and welcomed us, found just the perfect spot (request the booth by the bar!), and just spent enough time making us feel special without being present "too much." The wine list is reasonable (I actually would have spent more but it wasn't necessary) and the wait staff was creative and willing to make whatever additions we had hoped for. Isn't this the way a dining experience should be? I love-love-love this place, and Leonardo, and only suggest that other restauranteurs find out why this place works...and then copy what you can. Enjoy!

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★★★★★

A little taste of Italy right in the midst of the Pearl! Absolutely delightful, can't wait to come back when the weather is warm to sit outside and enjoy all that Leonardo's can offer the senses. The food is precise...not overly done, not too artsey, just reasonable and prepared with care. Leonardo himself is just an adorable man. He greeted us himself and somehow remembered by name--by my voice, and welcomed us, found just the perfect spot (request the booth by the bar!), and just spent enough time making us feel special without being present "too much." The wine list is reasonable (I actually would have spent more but it wasn't necessary) and the wait staff was creative and willing to make whatever additions we had hoped for. Isn't this the way a dining experience should be? I love-love-love this place, and Leonardo, and only suggest that other restauranteurs find out why this place works...and then copy what you can. Enjoy!

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Leonardo's looks very nice, and it is very approachable. I went in, and was greeted warmly. The service is fast, and the food was delicious. Best pizza i've ever had. The mushroom ravioli was delicious as well. I highly recommend the pannacotta!!! Best i've ever had. I had gone to Leonardo's a few weeks before and was disappointed, although when I went in again, I was blown away.
I highly recommend this restaurant, you will really enjoy yourself!!!

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★★★★★

Leonardo's looks very nice, and it is very approachable. I went in, and was greeted warmly. The service is fast, and the food was delicious. Best pizza i've ever had. The mushroom ravioli was delicious as well. I highly recommend the pannacotta!!! Best i've ever had. I had gone to Leonardo's a few weeks before and was disappointed, although when I went in again, I was blown away.
I highly recommend this restaurant, you will really enjoy yourself!!!

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This place was a big disappointment. After hearing Jerry Glanville rave about Leonardo?s on the radio, I had really wanted to try it out since it's only blocks away from my home. The waiter stumbled and stammered so much through his greeting and his review of the daily specials, I asked the girl who was observing him if she was training him. Much to my shock and embarrassment, she informed me that she was in fact the one who was being trained. The calamari was small in portion, greasy and the sauces served with it were bland. The salad looked like it was out of a bag with red onion and a not so fresh chunk of tomato thrown in. I ordered the veal special for my entree. It was the worse veal I?ve ever had. The breading on it was oil soaked and barely fried. The veal itself was raw?not rare, RAW. I sent it back and the waiter offered to have the kitchen make me anything that I wanted free of charge, which I declined. My date generously shared her very average lasagna entree with me . They did not charge us for my entree and they did give us free dessert. I do not recommend this restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place was a big disappointment. After hearing Jerry Glanville rave about Leonardo?s on the radio, I had really wanted to try it out since it's only blocks away from my home. The waiter stumbled and stammered so much through his greeting and his review of the daily specials, I asked the girl who was observing him if she was training him. Much to my shock and embarrassment, she informed me that she was in fact the one who was being trained. The calamari was small in portion, greasy and the sauces served with it were bland. The salad looked like it was out of a bag with red onion and a not so fresh chunk of tomato thrown in. I ordered the veal special for my entree. It was the worse veal I?ve ever had. The breading on it was oil soaked and barely fried. The veal itself was raw?not rare, RAW. I sent it back and the waiter offered to have the kitchen make me anything that I wanted free of charge, which I declined. My date generously shared her very average lasagna entree with me . They did not charge us for my entree and they did give us free dessert. I do not recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Location

Cons: Almost everything else...

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A cute and approachable italian restaurant, Leonardo's is a pleasant suprise. I had breakfast - the service was efficient and friendly. The food was very good, "purgatory" eggs were perfectly poached and presented over a more than excellent marinara - sounds strange but it was delicious. I took a look at the dinner menu and I am definitely going to give it a shot. Value wine list with a stable of italian dishes. I am so happy to have found a place nearby (in the pearl) that isn't "trying" so hard. No wierd italian soccer fans or overpriced wines. I will say Leonardos still seems to be trying to find itself, but I figure that's a symptom typical of new restaurants. Definitely worth checking out.

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★★★★☆

A cute and approachable italian restaurant, Leonardo's is a pleasant suprise. I had breakfast - the service was efficient and friendly. The food was very good, "purgatory" eggs were perfectly poached and presented over a more than excellent marinara - sounds strange but it was delicious. I took a look at the dinner menu and I am definitely going to give it a shot. Value wine list with a stable of italian dishes. I am so happy to have found a place nearby (in the pearl) that isn't "trying" so hard. No wierd italian soccer fans or overpriced wines. I will say Leonardos still seems to be trying to find itself, but I figure that's a symptom typical of new restaurants. Definitely worth checking out.

Pros: Solid Itialian food and an approachable atmosphere

Cons: Needs to grow into itself

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Great Pizza- you haven't seen a pizza topped like this for the price. Delightful service. Thrilled to have them in the Pearl.

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★★★★★

Great Pizza- you haven't seen a pizza topped like this for the price. Delightful service. Thrilled to have them in the Pearl.

Pros: toppings, service, great pizza and lasagna

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With this new place in the neighborhood I was really excited to have another dining choice within walking distance of my apartment. Mostly we have ordered take-out pizza, but I have dined in the restaurant once. The service was a little off, but I figured that it had to do with the newness. Since then we have had less then stellar service from them from time to time. Tonight we called in an order and when we went to pick it up, they looked at us like we were crazy, said, "I don't remember an order" and then went to the kitchen, found the ticket with our order and said, "Oh, we have it, but didn't make it." Then said if we wanted to wait 20 minutes they would make it. Mistakes happen, and that's fine, but they didn't even apologize for the inconvenience. Most places would have offered a little discount, or to throw in a salad or snack. Needless to say, I was disappointed with our service tonight. Hopefully if we try this place again, their service will be a little bit better.

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★★★☆☆

With this new place in the neighborhood I was really excited to have another dining choice within walking distance of my apartment. Mostly we have ordered take-out pizza, but I have dined in the restaurant once. The service was a little off, but I figured that it had to do with the newness. Since then we have had less then stellar service from them from time to time. Tonight we called in an order and when we went to pick it up, they looked at us like we were crazy, said, "I don't remember an order" and then went to the kitchen, found the ticket with our order and said, "Oh, we have it, but didn't make it." Then said if we wanted to wait 20 minutes they would make it. Mistakes happen, and that's fine, but they didn't even apologize for the inconvenience. Most places would have offered a little discount, or to throw in a salad or snack. Needless to say, I was disappointed with our service tonight. Hopefully if we try this place again, their service will be a little bit better.

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We dined on a Saturday nite without reservations. The place was warm and service was very attentive since they were not busy. This worried us a bit but since it's a new place to the neighborhood and two previous eateries (Nina's and Graze) failed at this location, its sort of understandable.

This place is so the opposite of its predecessors . The decor is relaxing and the staff knowledgable. Leonardo came out of the kitchen , introduced himself , and chatted with us for a bit about the place and the menu. I had a calzone of my own design and it was crispy outside and oozy and delicious inside. BUT! My wife had the Duck A La Leonardo ($18) and it was absolutely to die for! A tender, sliced, and perfectly cooked duck breast aside a delicious risotto with fresh forest mushrooms, cranberries, garlic, thyme, and onion. After one bite of hers, I was extremely jealous.

Prices are very fair, especially wines by the glass, a good pinot noir at $7 and a nice smooth Chianti at $7. Quite refreshing in the Pearl where a typical glass of local wine can run $10.

We enjoyed it so much that we decided to walk down and try their weekend breakfast/brunch the next morning. Surely our dinner it must have been a fluke based on some of the less flattering reviews we'd read. Well, same good service, friendly staff and some of the best , perfectly prepared Eggs Benedict (warm, runny yolks) you'll find. They feature true, home-made hollandaise with a hint of lemon. Not that floury, out of a can stuff you get sometimes. A nice portion of home style potatoes with onions and peppers and good quality coffee. Not coffee shop slop. This dish gets 10 out of 10 and we are big Eggs Benedict fans. We use it as a yardstick to judge breakfast eateries.

We will definitely return and sincerely hope this place makes it in a tough location in the Pearl.

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★★★★☆

We dined on a Saturday nite without reservations. The place was warm and service was very attentive since they were not busy. This worried us a bit but since it's a new place to the neighborhood and two previous eateries (Nina's and Graze) failed at this location, its sort of understandable.

This place is so the opposite of its predecessors . The decor is relaxing and the staff knowledgable. Leonardo came out of the kitchen , introduced himself , and chatted with us for a bit about the place and the menu. I had a calzone of my own design and it was crispy outside and oozy and delicious inside. BUT! My wife had the Duck A La Leonardo ($18) and it was absolutely to die for! A tender, sliced, and perfectly cooked duck breast aside a delicious risotto with fresh forest mushrooms, cranberries, garlic, thyme, and onion. After one bite of hers, I was extremely jealous.

Prices are very fair, especially wines by the glass, a good pinot noir at $7 and a nice smooth Chianti at $7. Quite refreshing in the Pearl where a typical glass of local wine can run $10.

We enjoyed it so much that we decided to walk down and try their weekend breakfast/brunch the next morning. Surely our dinner it must have been a fluke based on some of the less flattering reviews we'd read. Well, same good service, friendly staff and some of the best , perfectly prepared Eggs Benedict (warm, runny yolks) you'll find. They feature true, home-made hollandaise with a hint of lemon. Not that floury, out of a can stuff you get sometimes. A nice portion of home style potatoes with onions and peppers and good quality coffee. Not coffee shop slop. This dish gets 10 out of 10 and we are big Eggs Benedict fans. We use it as a yardstick to judge breakfast eateries.

We will definitely return and sincerely hope this place makes it in a tough location in the Pearl.

Pros: Convenient location in Pearl, good food, good value, nice staff

Cons: Too many doors (3) Try not to sit near one in cold weather

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We stopped in Leonardo's for a lunch and were laughably disappointed. The servers gave us the wrong menus twice and wasn't really sure what was available. His excuse was were slammed. All three people must have overwhelmed them.

The meatball sandwiches were warmed in a microwave. Clearly someone saw the opportunity to open a restaurant on the cheap (using the old tenants fixtures, etc...) and doesn't know how to run a quality restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

We stopped in Leonardo's for a lunch and were laughably disappointed. The servers gave us the wrong menus twice and wasn't really sure what was available. His excuse was were slammed. All three people must have overwhelmed them.

The meatball sandwiches were warmed in a microwave. Clearly someone saw the opportunity to open a restaurant on the cheap (using the old tenants fixtures, etc...) and doesn't know how to run a quality restaurant.

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Leonardos is a welcome addition to the Pearl. It is a relaxed environment in a neighborhood full of gimmicks and scenes. It's the type of place you feel comfortable wearing your sweats but it is also nice enough to be a decent date destination. The service is very friendly, and everyone wants to make sure you are taken care of. I tried the weekend brunch menu, The hollandaise sauce on the eggs benedict was light and flavorful with the perfect amount of lemon zest. My husband enjoyed his fritatta as well and we are planning on coming back for dinner soon!

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★★★★☆

Leonardos is a welcome addition to the Pearl. It is a relaxed environment in a neighborhood full of gimmicks and scenes. It's the type of place you feel comfortable wearing your sweats but it is also nice enough to be a decent date destination. The service is very friendly, and everyone wants to make sure you are taken care of. I tried the weekend brunch menu, The hollandaise sauce on the eggs benedict was light and flavorful with the perfect amount of lemon zest. My husband enjoyed his fritatta as well and we are planning on coming back for dinner soon!

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I've been there twice now and both times were great. Leonardo will wait on you personally, and wants to ensure you've having a good experience. The pizza is unlike any nearby. Great, homemade crust, fresh, very tasty. I live across the street and have added Leonardo's to my weekly dining repertoire. If you're looking for a new place to try in the Pearl, good food at a reasonable price, Leonardo's is your place.

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★★★★★

I've been there twice now and both times were great. Leonardo will wait on you personally, and wants to ensure you've having a good experience. The pizza is unlike any nearby. Great, homemade crust, fresh, very tasty. I live across the street and have added Leonardo's to my weekly dining repertoire. If you're looking for a new place to try in the Pearl, good food at a reasonable price, Leonardo's is your place.

Pros: Location, service, fresh food

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It's been a tough place to run a successful restaurant, after Nina's and Graze both didn't make it. They've tried to warm up the place w/ some tasteful interior design that makes it more cozy- I really dig the light fixtures and overall atmosphere. Went for dinner- I tried a pasta dish- it was ok, nothing remarkable. But the price was fair. A little too early for me to give a recommendation since I've only been once, but this place could be a neighborhood standby for the locals (which the pearl lacks). I've heard the pizza is great, let's see if they can raise the bar on the pasta.

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★★★☆☆

It's been a tough place to run a successful restaurant, after Nina's and Graze both didn't make it. They've tried to warm up the place w/ some tasteful interior design that makes it more cozy- I really dig the light fixtures and overall atmosphere. Went for dinner- I tried a pasta dish- it was ok, nothing remarkable. But the price was fair. A little too early for me to give a recommendation since I've only been once, but this place could be a neighborhood standby for the locals (which the pearl lacks). I've heard the pizza is great, let's see if they can raise the bar on the pasta.

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We tried the new Leonardo's for breakfast and had the best frittata we've ever had. This last weekend, the 'chef's choice' frittata was Crab. It was fluffy and full of crab -no stinginess here. We didn't want the potatoes so asked for fresh fruit, which came in a bowl with a dollup of fresh whipped cream. Yummy. Friendly service in a rustic, sophisticated environment that you'd expect in the Pearl. We liked it so much we came back for dinner. We shared a pizza with feta cheese, spinach, and carmelized onions that was awesome. Service was friendly, not stuffy, and prices were great. You will want to try it!

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★★★★☆

We tried the new Leonardo's for breakfast and had the best frittata we've ever had. This last weekend, the 'chef's choice' frittata was Crab. It was fluffy and full of crab -no stinginess here. We didn't want the potatoes so asked for fresh fruit, which came in a bowl with a dollup of fresh whipped cream. Yummy. Friendly service in a rustic, sophisticated environment that you'd expect in the Pearl. We liked it so much we came back for dinner. We shared a pizza with feta cheese, spinach, and carmelized onions that was awesome. Service was friendly, not stuffy, and prices were great. You will want to try it!

Pros: Lots of good food with homemade taste; great atmosphere and service

Cons: New restaurant and still getting their flow down

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After walking by an empty-seated Graze numerous times, we were interested to see if Leonardo's attracted more of a crowd (Leonardo's now occupies Graze's former space). We're always excited to try new places in our neighborhood, and were anxious to check it out. Visiting around 8:00 on a Friday night the place was crowded, but we didn't have to wait for a table. The staff was very friendly, professional and helpful. Some may consider the service a bit slow, but we enjoyed the relaxed pace we were allowed to enjoy our meal. We ordered the garlic cheese bread, which was really good, the pear arugila salad which we both thought was delicious, the pasta fagioli soup, which I liked better than my dining companion, and chicken parmesan, which he liked more than I did. It wasn't horrible, but I wouldn't order again. Good thing the menu lists lots of other interesting entrees, such as butternut squash ravioli that I'm looking forward to trying. The desserts looked fantastic as they passed by on their way to other tables, and although we were very tempted, we were too full to try this time. The pizza also looked great and we decided that next time we go back, and there will definitely be a next time, that's what we'll have. The decor was a cool mix of retro and modern, and felt cozy, unlike Graze, which was way too cavernous to be intimate. The one complaint I have his this: There are double doors at both ends of the dining area, very close to the seating. It was pretty chilly outside, and every time the doors opened the cold air came rushing in, making it a bit uncomfortable. A vestibule entry would be a definite improvement here.

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★★★★☆

After walking by an empty-seated Graze numerous times, we were interested to see if Leonardo's attracted more of a crowd (Leonardo's now occupies Graze's former space). We're always excited to try new places in our neighborhood, and were anxious to check it out. Visiting around 8:00 on a Friday night the place was crowded, but we didn't have to wait for a table. The staff was very friendly, professional and helpful. Some may consider the service a bit slow, but we enjoyed the relaxed pace we were allowed to enjoy our meal. We ordered the garlic cheese bread, which was really good, the pear arugila salad which we both thought was delicious, the pasta fagioli soup, which I liked better than my dining companion, and chicken parmesan, which he liked more than I did. It wasn't horrible, but I wouldn't order again. Good thing the menu lists lots of other interesting entrees, such as butternut squash ravioli that I'm looking forward to trying. The desserts looked fantastic as they passed by on their way to other tables, and although we were very tempted, we were too full to try this time. The pizza also looked great and we decided that next time we go back, and there will definitely be a next time, that's what we'll have. The decor was a cool mix of retro and modern, and felt cozy, unlike Graze, which was way too cavernous to be intimate. The one complaint I have his this: There are double doors at both ends of the dining area, very close to the seating. It was pretty chilly outside, and every time the doors opened the cold air came rushing in, making it a bit uncomfortable. A vestibule entry would be a definite improvement here.

Pros: Decent food, reasonable prices, friendly service.

Cons: Drafty from entry/exit doors right in the dining space.

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They used to be up off Barnes Rd and Miller Rd but they have now moved into the Pearl. And with it, they brought the BEST pizza I have ever had in Portland. And I have been to most places around here including Escape From New York. Leonard's on Lovejoy is owned by a husband and wife and I have never been dissapointed by their high quality food and resturaunt. The new location is really nice and I can't wait to try everything on their menu. I would vote this Best of City Search: Portland Pizza.

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★★★★★

They used to be up off Barnes Rd and Miller Rd but they have now moved into the Pearl. And with it, they brought the BEST pizza I have ever had in Portland. And I have been to most places around here including Escape From New York. Leonard's on Lovejoy is owned by a husband and wife and I have never been dissapointed by their high quality food and resturaunt. The new location is really nice and I can't wait to try everything on their menu. I would vote this Best of City Search: Portland Pizza.

Pros: Very good pizza, very good service, very good atmosphere, very nice owners!

Cons: I wish they had pizza by the slice for the lunch hour

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From the moment you walk in the door you are surrounded by the sights and sounds of an authentic Italian bistro. Welcoming smiles guide you to your comfortable seating as knowledgable staff make reccomendations. The only way you would know that they've only been open a week is that they're still using hand written tickets. The wine list is extensive and about 30% less than anywhere else in the pearl. Give the pizza a shot, don't miss the gazspacho, Happy hour is 3:30 - 6pm.

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★★★★★

From the moment you walk in the door you are surrounded by the sights and sounds of an authentic Italian bistro. Welcoming smiles guide you to your comfortable seating as knowledgable staff make reccomendations. The only way you would know that they've only been open a week is that they're still using hand written tickets. The wine list is extensive and about 30% less than anywhere else in the pearl. Give the pizza a shot, don't miss the gazspacho, Happy hour is 3:30 - 6pm.

Pros: Very reasonable

Cons: Still working out the opening jitters

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