Il Piatto

★★★★☆
A trattoria romantic in its feel it takes you back to old world Italy
  • 2348 SE Ankeny Street

    Portland, OR 97214

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  • 503-236-4997

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The two stars are for location and ambiance, the place is really cute. The food on the other hand, sucks. I got the happy hour bolognese on rigatoni. The sauce was way overly sweet, with very little meat, and the pasta was overcooked to

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★★★★★

The two stars are for location and ambiance, the place is really cute. The food on the other hand, sucks. I got the happy hour bolognese on rigatoni. The sauce was way overly sweet, with very little meat, and the pasta was overcooked to

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To start off with, I have to say that this restaurant has exceptional food, everything we had we fully enjoyed.\r
We arrived at 7pm with about 8 other tables being occupied at the time.\r
We felt welcomed with our server as well as the

3
★★★★★

To start off with, I have to say that this restaurant has exceptional food, everything we had we fully enjoyed.\r
We arrived at 7pm with about 8 other tables being occupied at the time.\r
We felt welcomed with our server as well as the

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We have dined at quite a few Italian Restaurants but yet we always come back to il Piatto. Accomodating wait staff and a Chef who goes out of his way to make our evenings special.\r
The food is always fresh and good.\r
Last time I tried

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★★★★★

We have dined at quite a few Italian Restaurants but yet we always come back to il Piatto. Accomodating wait staff and a Chef who goes out of his way to make our evenings special.\r
The food is always fresh and good.\r
Last time I tried

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My family came here for our pre-holiday dinner. The food was overall satisfactory but not as good as our previous visit despite my husband and I ordering the exact same entrees. The wait time, however, was unacceptable. We were at the

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★★★★★

My family came here for our pre-holiday dinner. The food was overall satisfactory but not as good as our previous visit despite my husband and I ordering the exact same entrees. The wait time, however, was unacceptable. We were at the

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We looked forward to going, but didn't expect what we got. The food was fine, but the hour and a half wait for it was not. The owner/chef said yep, he decides what meals get prepared when so yes, he choses to have us sit and wait that

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★★★★★

We looked forward to going, but didn't expect what we got. The food was fine, but the hour and a half wait for it was not. The owner/chef said yep, he decides what meals get prepared when so yes, he choses to have us sit and wait that

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Having lapsed the expiration date on the Groupon, I called Il Piatto today, one day post-expiration, to see if they would continue to accept the promotion for any longer. [In my experience with Groupon promotions, most businesses do extend

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★★★★★

Having lapsed the expiration date on the Groupon, I called Il Piatto today, one day post-expiration, to see if they would continue to accept the promotion for any longer. [In my experience with Groupon promotions, most businesses do extend

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This used to be one of my fave places.....I've been going there for 10 years. It was always consistently yummy....I have recommended it many times. I think it's the end for this wonderful place. I went there on a Wednesday, and there

3
★★★★★

This used to be one of my fave places.....I've been going there for 10 years. It was always consistently yummy....I have recommended it many times. I think it's the end for this wonderful place. I went there on a Wednesday, and there

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Super romantic dining spot, candles everywhere, dim chandeliers with lot's of character.
We started off by sharing a red wine rissotto that came with grilled pears, chicken and gorgonzola, really good. After that we split an order of the lasagna that was made with roasted yams, swiss chard and goat cheese.
The staff is very friendly and casual. Also nice to know that as many restaurants charge a splitting fee they do not.
We enjoyed our experience and hope you will too.

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★★★★★

Super romantic dining spot, candles everywhere, dim chandeliers with lot's of character.
We started off by sharing a red wine rissotto that came with grilled pears, chicken and gorgonzola, really good. After that we split an order of the lasagna that was made with roasted yams, swiss chard and goat cheese.
The staff is very friendly and casual. Also nice to know that as many restaurants charge a splitting fee they do not.
We enjoyed our experience and hope you will too.

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A perfectly pleasant early autumn night and the right kind of weather for hearty Italian. That is exactly what we dined on a recent night. Seasonal fare, simply presented with a wonderful balance of flavor.\r
We started with a house cured

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★★★★★

A perfectly pleasant early autumn night and the right kind of weather for hearty Italian. That is exactly what we dined on a recent night. Seasonal fare, simply presented with a wonderful balance of flavor.\r
We started with a house cured

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We arrived a bit late and were seated promptly at a lovely side table set in curtains. The dining room is very romantic with candles flickering at each of the tables. Our Italian waiter told us the specials of the evening which is what we wound up ordering they sounded so good. We started off by sharing the pasta special which that evening was gnocchi with bacon and parsley pesto. It was really quite simple and I'm not usually a bacon eater but this was good. Then we split a grilled salmon with pear salsa. It came served with grilled vegetables and potatoes.
In between our waiter told us stories about Italy which intrigued us even more.
Finally when it came around to dessert we felt drawn to the tiramisu which was absolutely devine. Coffee and rum soaked goodness. We actually fought for who would have the last bite it was so good.
Well I know where I will be going back to when I want a really good meal.

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★★★★☆

We arrived a bit late and were seated promptly at a lovely side table set in curtains. The dining room is very romantic with candles flickering at each of the tables. Our Italian waiter told us the specials of the evening which is what we wound up ordering they sounded so good. We started off by sharing the pasta special which that evening was gnocchi with bacon and parsley pesto. It was really quite simple and I'm not usually a bacon eater but this was good. Then we split a grilled salmon with pear salsa. It came served with grilled vegetables and potatoes.
In between our waiter told us stories about Italy which intrigued us even more.
Finally when it came around to dessert we felt drawn to the tiramisu which was absolutely devine. Coffee and rum soaked goodness. We actually fought for who would have the last bite it was so good.
Well I know where I will be going back to when I want a really good meal.

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Having ridden our bikes past this small restaurant for years we always wanted to try it. We finally did, and now that we tried it we know we will be back.
How beautiful was it on one of our few warm summer nights when we dined al fresco on their sidewalk seating amongst potted plants with a lovely bottle of Sangiovese at the table.
It did'nt hurt that my lovely wife whom I addore was with me.
The food was amazing from our arulgula salad with pancetta and warm balsamic dressing to the flank steak with potato croquettes. In true Italian style we shared a Gelato for dessert.
Our Italian waiter coached us on our flawed high school Italian and now we really want to travel to Italy again.

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★★★★☆

Having ridden our bikes past this small restaurant for years we always wanted to try it. We finally did, and now that we tried it we know we will be back.
How beautiful was it on one of our few warm summer nights when we dined al fresco on their sidewalk seating amongst potted plants with a lovely bottle of Sangiovese at the table.
It did'nt hurt that my lovely wife whom I addore was with me.
The food was amazing from our arulgula salad with pancetta and warm balsamic dressing to the flank steak with potato croquettes. In true Italian style we shared a Gelato for dessert.
Our Italian waiter coached us on our flawed high school Italian and now we really want to travel to Italy again.

Pros: Romantic, Affordable Wine List, Food,

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Came in for Happy Hour to find one of my favorite Italian food items on the list: gnocchi in a tomato white sauce, so light and fluffy. The crepes were also quite good. All super cheap and even some great glasses of wine that were in the $6 or $7 range.
I am definately telling my friends about my new find!!!

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★★★★☆

Came in for Happy Hour to find one of my favorite Italian food items on the list: gnocchi in a tomato white sauce, so light and fluffy. The crepes were also quite good. All super cheap and even some great glasses of wine that were in the $6 or $7 range.
I am definately telling my friends about my new find!!!

Pros: Close to home, affordable

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such a let down. i had been wanting to try this place fr years. always forgetting bout it. when we finally went, we made reservations. showed up 10 min early and were not seated for 20 even though there were only about 4 tables sat and no one else waiting. it then took ten minutes for anyone to acknowledge us. so we made sure to order everything at this time. over an HOUR later our food arrived, with only being dropped out drinks in between ordering. NOT ONCE were we checked on in an HOUR! there was no reason this should have taken so long and where was our waitress?!?! she would appear to check on a table then avoid us and disappear. as for the food, i personally liked my dish, but my girlfriend was not happy with hers. and mine was not nearly good enough to sit through that ever again for. i have NEVER left zero for a tip until then. and i have also never written a food review, but this was just unacceptable.

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★☆☆☆☆

such a let down. i had been wanting to try this place fr years. always forgetting bout it. when we finally went, we made reservations. showed up 10 min early and were not seated for 20 even though there were only about 4 tables sat and no one else waiting. it then took ten minutes for anyone to acknowledge us. so we made sure to order everything at this time. over an HOUR later our food arrived, with only being dropped out drinks in between ordering. NOT ONCE were we checked on in an HOUR! there was no reason this should have taken so long and where was our waitress?!?! she would appear to check on a table then avoid us and disappear. as for the food, i personally liked my dish, but my girlfriend was not happy with hers. and mine was not nearly good enough to sit through that ever again for. i have NEVER left zero for a tip until then. and i have also never written a food review, but this was just unacceptable.

Pros: the food was decent

Cons: service

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Should have known when the iced tea came from a soda gun that this place was going to be a disappointment. We got a $45 Groupon and were excited to try a new place but everything was awful. The server was really slow and had to be assisted by the other front of the house staff. The antipasti and one pasta dish came out completely different than what had been described on the menu. Food was bland and uninteresting. Would have prefered to spend $80 at another place, not worth the money!

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★☆☆☆☆

Should have known when the iced tea came from a soda gun that this place was going to be a disappointment. We got a $45 Groupon and were excited to try a new place but everything was awful. The server was really slow and had to be assisted by the other front of the house staff. The antipasti and one pasta dish came out completely different than what had been described on the menu. Food was bland and uninteresting. Would have prefered to spend $80 at another place, not worth the money!

Pros: none

Cons: everything else

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Walked in on a Saturday at 6:30 without reservation and got a table right away. Took 15 minutes for anyone to take our drink order. They did not have the wine we selected but upgraded us to another bottle for the lesser price. We were there to catch up with friends, so were not in a hurry and that was good. It was clean plate club for everyone. Pastas were good and lasagna excellent.

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★★★★☆

Walked in on a Saturday at 6:30 without reservation and got a table right away. Took 15 minutes for anyone to take our drink order. They did not have the wine we selected but upgraded us to another bottle for the lesser price. We were there to catch up with friends, so were not in a hurry and that was good. It was clean plate club for everyone. Pastas were good and lasagna excellent.

Pros: Willing to make anything vegetarian - atmosphere!

Cons: Seemed to be short staffed

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What a great little spot, I'm glad we heard about it. The atmosphere is warm, it made me feel right at home. The staff is friendly and our food items were all really good. I would recommend the stuffed chicken breast and the gnocchi, both very good choices.
Also their pannacota- not sure on spelling, was flavored with lavender and white chocolate. A definate must!!

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★★★★☆

What a great little spot, I'm glad we heard about it. The atmosphere is warm, it made me feel right at home. The staff is friendly and our food items were all really good. I would recommend the stuffed chicken breast and the gnocchi, both very good choices.
Also their pannacota- not sure on spelling, was flavored with lavender and white chocolate. A definate must!!

Pros: relaxed atmosphere, reasonable, great food, friendly staff

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I've been wanting to go here and we finally made it (just 2 of us) for my birthday. We had reservations and were seated promptly on a Friday evening but there were plenty of 2 tops open the 2.5 hours we were there. Yep, a bit longer than expected. It was also very loud and it wasn't even full.

We ordered wine, an appetizer and 2 entrees. My wine came and we sat and talked for about 45 minutes. Watched tables around us with a different waiter get second drink orders and even the same appetizer we had ordered.
After getting our waitress' attention, she came over with 2 entrees. She seemed surprised we'd never gotten the appetizer ("the other server must have taken it to the wrong table") and the 2 entrees she brought were not ours. We said we were leaving and they offered to comp me a glass of wine as the entrees were coming right out. We realized at 8pm on Fri with no other reservation we'd end up waiting anywhere else so stayed.
Food arrived, was ok. I had the saltimbocca and hubby had one of the pastas. Decent but nothing to rave about.
Bottom line, bring your own water bottle, have plenty of time to wait, and enjoy the cute decor. Or go to Ciao Vito, Pazzo, 3Doors or any other better value spots and enjoy a great meal with reasonable service.

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★★☆☆☆

I've been wanting to go here and we finally made it (just 2 of us) for my birthday. We had reservations and were seated promptly on a Friday evening but there were plenty of 2 tops open the 2.5 hours we were there. Yep, a bit longer than expected. It was also very loud and it wasn't even full.

We ordered wine, an appetizer and 2 entrees. My wine came and we sat and talked for about 45 minutes. Watched tables around us with a different waiter get second drink orders and even the same appetizer we had ordered.
After getting our waitress' attention, she came over with 2 entrees. She seemed surprised we'd never gotten the appetizer ("the other server must have taken it to the wrong table") and the 2 entrees she brought were not ours. We said we were leaving and they offered to comp me a glass of wine as the entrees were coming right out. We realized at 8pm on Fri with no other reservation we'd end up waiting anywhere else so stayed.
Food arrived, was ok. I had the saltimbocca and hubby had one of the pastas. Decent but nothing to rave about.
Bottom line, bring your own water bottle, have plenty of time to wait, and enjoy the cute decor. Or go to Ciao Vito, Pazzo, 3Doors or any other better value spots and enjoy a great meal with reasonable service.

Pros: cute atmosphere, prompt seating

Cons: awful service

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We arrived at 7pm for our reservation and were seated promptly. The friendly wait staff pointed out that we could even order some of the items as vegetarian, but I had already decided on the Arugula beet salad and the lasagna as an entree. My partner went with lamb chops, which he said were pretty tasty.
The decor was very old world and that was refreshing to us.
We will definately be going here again.

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★★★★☆

We arrived at 7pm for our reservation and were seated promptly. The friendly wait staff pointed out that we could even order some of the items as vegetarian, but I had already decided on the Arugula beet salad and the lasagna as an entree. My partner went with lamb chops, which he said were pretty tasty.
The decor was very old world and that was refreshing to us.
We will definately be going here again.

Pros: small intimate, local, vegetarian friendly

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Bummer! Used to eat here semi-frequently a few years ago and it was a destination for us we looked forward to. Tonight, we noticed the menu hasn't changed in our 2 year absence. The 3 dishes we hungrily ordered were WAY-disappointing. The salmon fettucine was bland and the salmon totally over-cooked and tasted like Sysco quality. The gnocchi dish had so much dill in the sauce it tasted like pickles. The portobellos in the linguine were not cooked through. Straight up...the most disappointing meal I've had in P'land in years, especially from a former star. I asked if the ownership or kitchen had changed recently, and the very nice waitstaffer informed me that the owner was cooking. The only thing that told me was that times must have been tough and the chef was let go to save payroll. Any owner at the oven that cooks like this deserves to be in another line of work. Its a shame because this place is one of the few pasta restaurants open late.

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★☆☆☆☆

Bummer! Used to eat here semi-frequently a few years ago and it was a destination for us we looked forward to. Tonight, we noticed the menu hasn't changed in our 2 year absence. The 3 dishes we hungrily ordered were WAY-disappointing. The salmon fettucine was bland and the salmon totally over-cooked and tasted like Sysco quality. The gnocchi dish had so much dill in the sauce it tasted like pickles. The portobellos in the linguine were not cooked through. Straight up...the most disappointing meal I've had in P'land in years, especially from a former star. I asked if the ownership or kitchen had changed recently, and the very nice waitstaffer informed me that the owner was cooking. The only thing that told me was that times must have been tough and the chef was let go to save payroll. Any owner at the oven that cooks like this deserves to be in another line of work. Its a shame because this place is one of the few pasta restaurants open late.

Pros: They comped our meal

Cons: Everything we ordered was pedestrian

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I used to frequent this place as a child with my parents and had such fond memories... Maybe I should have left them intact. Coming to Piatto as an adult was a mistake. The all female front of house was all you could ask for: Friendly, charming and efficient. But something was amiss in the kitchen that night. When I go out to eat I am the last person to talk ill of the food, but this was too much. My pasta was overcooked to mush, the asparagus (which is in season I might add) was nothing but woody ends and the chicken sausage was fat and chewy. I thought I could find solace in nibbles from my girlfriends meal of tomato topped halibut, but alas the fish was overcooked to tastelessness and the tomatoes tasted slightly of rot. I will not be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to frequent this place as a child with my parents and had such fond memories... Maybe I should have left them intact. Coming to Piatto as an adult was a mistake. The all female front of house was all you could ask for: Friendly, charming and efficient. But something was amiss in the kitchen that night. When I go out to eat I am the last person to talk ill of the food, but this was too much. My pasta was overcooked to mush, the asparagus (which is in season I might add) was nothing but woody ends and the chicken sausage was fat and chewy. I thought I could find solace in nibbles from my girlfriends meal of tomato topped halibut, but alas the fish was overcooked to tastelessness and the tomatoes tasted slightly of rot. I will not be going back.

Pros: Cute and friendly wait staff. Good service.

Cons: The food.

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My new favorite Italian restaurant. I absolutely love everything about this place.
A friend referred me and it exceeded my expectations in every way.
Cant wait to go back

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★★★★★

My new favorite Italian restaurant. I absolutely love everything about this place.
A friend referred me and it exceeded my expectations in every way.
Cant wait to go back

Pros: Increadible atmosphere

Cons: none

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When we called to make reservations, we were told it was a busy night. When we arrived, it was only at about 1/3 capacity. We were seated promptly, and we met our waitress, Miss Betty Boop, who seems to have spent more time on her hair and outfit than on honing her waitressing skills. She took our order: one salad, 2 entrees, and 2 glasses of wine. We got our wine (from another waitress) and commenced our 40 minute wait for a salad! We waited patiently, and at no time did anyone check in on us, explain the delay, or offer an apology for the long wait, especially considering the restaurant was slow (no wonder with this kind of service!) When the salad finally arrived, my husband made a comment about the long wait and got NO response from the waitress! No apology or acknowledgement. The food was fair +, but the dining experience was ruined due to exceptionally poor service. I will never return to this restaurant. Management may seriously want to consider training their staff in being more attentive to the patrons. The food should be good, but the whole experience is what brings people back.

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★☆☆☆☆

When we called to make reservations, we were told it was a busy night. When we arrived, it was only at about 1/3 capacity. We were seated promptly, and we met our waitress, Miss Betty Boop, who seems to have spent more time on her hair and outfit than on honing her waitressing skills. She took our order: one salad, 2 entrees, and 2 glasses of wine. We got our wine (from another waitress) and commenced our 40 minute wait for a salad! We waited patiently, and at no time did anyone check in on us, explain the delay, or offer an apology for the long wait, especially considering the restaurant was slow (no wonder with this kind of service!) When the salad finally arrived, my husband made a comment about the long wait and got NO response from the waitress! No apology or acknowledgement. The food was fair +, but the dining experience was ruined due to exceptionally poor service. I will never return to this restaurant. Management may seriously want to consider training their staff in being more attentive to the patrons. The food should be good, but the whole experience is what brings people back.

Pros: fair + food

Cons: horrible service

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We had a very lovely evening here, the staff is friendly and our dinner was perfectly prepared. We really enjoyed the Lasagna with mushrooms, the pasta with arichokes and our caesar salad with polenta croutons. The dining room is perfect for a first date, dim candlelit lighting.
Nice wine list with many offordable bottle choices.
We will be recommending il Piatto to our friends.

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★★★★☆

We had a very lovely evening here, the staff is friendly and our dinner was perfectly prepared. We really enjoyed the Lasagna with mushrooms, the pasta with arichokes and our caesar salad with polenta croutons. The dining room is perfect for a first date, dim candlelit lighting.
Nice wine list with many offordable bottle choices.
We will be recommending il Piatto to our friends.

Pros: Good food, Nice wine list, Quaint, Friendly

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We had a 7pm reservation and were seated promptly. The menu consists of traditional and non tradtional italian fare. We tried the Calamari which were delicious. Our next course consisted of Chicken risotto and the pasta special, both excellent. We paired this with one of their "$25 and under" wine selection which in itself was pretty extensive. After dinner we had to go for the tiramisu which pretty much sealed the deal. We'll be back!!

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★★★★☆

We had a 7pm reservation and were seated promptly. The menu consists of traditional and non tradtional italian fare. We tried the Calamari which were delicious. Our next course consisted of Chicken risotto and the pasta special, both excellent. We paired this with one of their "$25 and under" wine selection which in itself was pretty extensive. After dinner we had to go for the tiramisu which pretty much sealed the deal. We'll be back!!

Pros: great food, affordable wine list, friendly staff

Cons: can't go all the time

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Our party of 5 was seated easily as we'd called ahead. We missed the dinner rush getting in. Even so, our server (Betty Boop hipster type with short curly hair) was horrible. Not the least bit friendly, she stared impatiently at her wristwatch while we navigated the menu, not once offering any helpful suggestions. We ordered appetizers to share and salads, all of which we waited almost an HOUR for! Then another long wait for our entrees, while many tables seated after us received their food before us. In the meantime, our 2 pitchers of water and all 5 water glasses sat empty for an hour. When our entrees were brought out by another server, she discovered all of our appetizer dishes still covering the table and all our waters empty, so she had to set down our food on the bar and clear the table for her co-worker. We were starving, and it took us 2 hours to get through a really unmemorable meal (too bad! back 8-10 years ago, we really used to enjoy coming here. Nostalgia instigated this visit, but we were HUGELY disappointed.) The complimentary bread was the best tasting part of the entire $150 meal! We will never be back. Worst service we've ever had in our 15 years in Portland...seriously. I've never written a review before, but this one just shouldn't get away with this.

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★☆☆☆☆

Our party of 5 was seated easily as we'd called ahead. We missed the dinner rush getting in. Even so, our server (Betty Boop hipster type with short curly hair) was horrible. Not the least bit friendly, she stared impatiently at her wristwatch while we navigated the menu, not once offering any helpful suggestions. We ordered appetizers to share and salads, all of which we waited almost an HOUR for! Then another long wait for our entrees, while many tables seated after us received their food before us. In the meantime, our 2 pitchers of water and all 5 water glasses sat empty for an hour. When our entrees were brought out by another server, she discovered all of our appetizer dishes still covering the table and all our waters empty, so she had to set down our food on the bar and clear the table for her co-worker. We were starving, and it took us 2 hours to get through a really unmemorable meal (too bad! back 8-10 years ago, we really used to enjoy coming here. Nostalgia instigated this visit, but we were HUGELY disappointed.) The complimentary bread was the best tasting part of the entire $150 meal! We will never be back. Worst service we've ever had in our 15 years in Portland...seriously. I've never written a review before, but this one just shouldn't get away with this.

Pros: not one during our visit

Cons: 1 1/2 hour wait for entrees, snotty service, bland food

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Dined here with my wife here several nights ago. We started off by splitting the carrot risotto with house made salami- it was a great choice, real creamy. We then ordered separate Entrees, I had the prosciutto wrapped chicken breast and my wife the pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and bacon. Both our Entrees were very tasty. We also had a wonderful bottle of Chianti that was reasonably priced. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends.

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★★★★★

Dined here with my wife here several nights ago. We started off by splitting the carrot risotto with house made salami- it was a great choice, real creamy. We then ordered separate Entrees, I had the prosciutto wrapped chicken breast and my wife the pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and bacon. Both our Entrees were very tasty. We also had a wonderful bottle of Chianti that was reasonably priced. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends.

Pros: Great menu, affordable wine list

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Wanted to take my date out for a romantic evening and this restaurant was a great choice. The low light and gold shear curtains between the tables set the mood. The collection of art and knicknacks was interesting. The menu had a nice variety, we started with the pate, it was very tastey! I got the rabbit which was delicious! The demi-glaze made the dish. My date got the special gnocchi with lamb and that was good too. The wait staff were attentive but stayed away unless needed. We were there for several hours and never felt rushed. Made for the start of a wonderful evening.

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★★★★★

Wanted to take my date out for a romantic evening and this restaurant was a great choice. The low light and gold shear curtains between the tables set the mood. The collection of art and knicknacks was interesting. The menu had a nice variety, we started with the pate, it was very tastey! I got the rabbit which was delicious! The demi-glaze made the dish. My date got the special gnocchi with lamb and that was good too. The wait staff were attentive but stayed away unless needed. We were there for several hours and never felt rushed. Made for the start of a wonderful evening.

Pros: Great menu at a nice price

Cons: None

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The BF and I don't dress up and go out to dinner often, but last night was the night. He had called and made reservations to this quaint little place over by where he used to live. We had passed Il Piatto while out for bike rides more than once, and decided that we had to go. From what we had seen and read we were hoping to not be disappointed...we weren't. From the minute we rounded the corner you could feel the warmth of the place inviting you in. The interior of Il Piatto is quaint, charming, rustic, and romantic all rolled into one. The Italian waiter was charming, friendly, attentive, but not overly so. For the Appetizers we ordered the Carpaccio...fantastic the beef was wonderful and nicely flavored, and the Crespella alla Ricotta was delicate and full of spinach, mushrooms, and pine nuts. Both appetizers were served to us one at a time with sharing in mind. For our Entrees we ordered the Pollo Ripieno and the Coniglio in Salmi...both were fantastice the chicken was wonderful stuffed with Ricotta cheese , and the Rabbit was tender and very flavorful the sauces on both dishes were simply delicious. For desert we had a slice of the Orange Cassata Cake...wow! I'm glad we decided to share a slice because it was so good...yet so filing. I could go on about the food all morning, but the service at Il Piatto is quite honestly some of the best I have ever had in Portland. Our waiter didn't rush us through our meal, he paid attention to what we were doing and brought out the next course exactly when we needed/wanted it. Water was left at our table, and when we went through the carafe another was brought out. He was key in making this a wonderful experience for my bf and I. We will be back.
One suggestion do make reservations they fill up fast on a Friday the place was fairly packed when we left, and when we had arrived there were only a few couples.

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★★★★★

The BF and I don't dress up and go out to dinner often, but last night was the night. He had called and made reservations to this quaint little place over by where he used to live. We had passed Il Piatto while out for bike rides more than once, and decided that we had to go. From what we had seen and read we were hoping to not be disappointed...we weren't. From the minute we rounded the corner you could feel the warmth of the place inviting you in. The interior of Il Piatto is quaint, charming, rustic, and romantic all rolled into one. The Italian waiter was charming, friendly, attentive, but not overly so. For the Appetizers we ordered the Carpaccio...fantastic the beef was wonderful and nicely flavored, and the Crespella alla Ricotta was delicate and full of spinach, mushrooms, and pine nuts. Both appetizers were served to us one at a time with sharing in mind. For our Entrees we ordered the Pollo Ripieno and the Coniglio in Salmi...both were fantastice the chicken was wonderful stuffed with Ricotta cheese , and the Rabbit was tender and very flavorful the sauces on both dishes were simply delicious. For desert we had a slice of the Orange Cassata Cake...wow! I'm glad we decided to share a slice because it was so good...yet so filing. I could go on about the food all morning, but the service at Il Piatto is quite honestly some of the best I have ever had in Portland. Our waiter didn't rush us through our meal, he paid attention to what we were doing and brought out the next course exactly when we needed/wanted it. Water was left at our table, and when we went through the carafe another was brought out. He was key in making this a wonderful experience for my bf and I. We will be back.
One suggestion do make reservations they fill up fast on a Friday the place was fairly packed when we left, and when we had arrived there were only a few couples.

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

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My husband and I went there by hasard. We thought it must be good because it looked nice and was quite crowded.
It took a long time to be seated and a moth wanted to accompany us.
We ordered a green salad and polenta with mushrooms as starters and gnocchi with pesto and rabbit with vegetables. To sum up, none of the four dishes were tasty; too creamy and heavy, flavorless and disappointing.
Our last hope was the desert, but the chocolate cake was unenjoyable, too.
Although the menue looked promising, in our opinion it has nothing to do with Italian food.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I went there by hasard. We thought it must be good because it looked nice and was quite crowded.
It took a long time to be seated and a moth wanted to accompany us.
We ordered a green salad and polenta with mushrooms as starters and gnocchi with pesto and rabbit with vegetables. To sum up, none of the four dishes were tasty; too creamy and heavy, flavorless and disappointing.
Our last hope was the desert, but the chocolate cake was unenjoyable, too.
Although the menue looked promising, in our opinion it has nothing to do with Italian food.

Pros: good bread, good wine-list

Cons: unattentive service, disappointing food

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This is the third time eating at Il Piatto and this is not the same place that I've enjoyed eating at the past couple of years. For a start, the charming Italian waiter has gone only to be replaced by moody, rude, indifferent waitresses who were far too hip to possibly be curteous and polite to paying customers.

The food is way overpriced and not worth the money. A lettuce and tomato salad with a couple of drops of vinaigrette (I could barely taste it) will set you back $6. If you fancy pasta that has a sugary sauce then this is the place for you (both my friend and I had two very different sauces but they both tasted as if the chef dumped half the sugar bowl in it, as if that would make it more appealing to the palate).

The restaurant was practically empty and I'm not surprised. Who, in these economic times, can afford to part with $30 for a bowl of sub-standard pasta, a bland side salad and miserable service??

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★☆☆☆☆

This is the third time eating at Il Piatto and this is not the same place that I've enjoyed eating at the past couple of years. For a start, the charming Italian waiter has gone only to be replaced by moody, rude, indifferent waitresses who were far too hip to possibly be curteous and polite to paying customers.

The food is way overpriced and not worth the money. A lettuce and tomato salad with a couple of drops of vinaigrette (I could barely taste it) will set you back $6. If you fancy pasta that has a sugary sauce then this is the place for you (both my friend and I had two very different sauces but they both tasted as if the chef dumped half the sugar bowl in it, as if that would make it more appealing to the palate).

The restaurant was practically empty and I'm not surprised. Who, in these economic times, can afford to part with $30 for a bowl of sub-standard pasta, a bland side salad and miserable service??

Pros: Interior decor and outside seating in summer

Cons: Service and food

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Non-generic in every way. The food is good, recipes are inventive, not a typical Italian restaurant. The decor is beautiful and unique; I always feel like I'm far, far from home when I dine here. Romantic place for a date, but also a great place to go with friends.

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★★★★★

Non-generic in every way. The food is good, recipes are inventive, not a typical Italian restaurant. The decor is beautiful and unique; I always feel like I'm far, far from home when I dine here. Romantic place for a date, but also a great place to go with friends.

Pros: Good food, wonderful, eclectic ambiance, good service

Cons: Never had a problem

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Naively attended happy hour last week... I saw good reviews and didn't realize how old those reviews were. We decided to go check it out -

Mistake.

The so-so food was arranged on the plate in a way that is barely passable for quality gourmet cuisine. They over-do the "presentation" to the point of ridiculousness... especially because it doesn't have the taste to deserve such a display!

The waitress is my main guff, though... she was rude and inattentive. Though we were only one of two groups there - she hardly found the time to come our way and pour another drink or ask if we needed anything.

Will not return. Would never recommend.

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★☆☆☆☆

Naively attended happy hour last week... I saw good reviews and didn't realize how old those reviews were. We decided to go check it out -

Mistake.

The so-so food was arranged on the plate in a way that is barely passable for quality gourmet cuisine. They over-do the "presentation" to the point of ridiculousness... especially because it doesn't have the taste to deserve such a display!

The waitress is my main guff, though... she was rude and inattentive. Though we were only one of two groups there - she hardly found the time to come our way and pour another drink or ask if we needed anything.

Will not return. Would never recommend.

Pros: decor

Cons: everything else...

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We were recently told about this restaurant. We are new to the area and now found a spot that is not only in our neighborhood but a place we really enjoyed. Friendly casual service, great food and a wine list with a whole section with wines under $25. We started with a shared antipasto plate which had little delectable appetizer bites consisting of smoked salmon, several marinated salads, miniature chicken meatballs and some house made salami. Next I tried the gnocchi served in a parsley pesto cream sauce. Really good and rich with lots of garlic, my date had the chicken breast which he loved. We finished the night with piece of tiramisu. We loved our evening out and we will definitely revisit this restaurant.

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★★★★☆

We were recently told about this restaurant. We are new to the area and now found a spot that is not only in our neighborhood but a place we really enjoyed. Friendly casual service, great food and a wine list with a whole section with wines under $25. We started with a shared antipasto plate which had little delectable appetizer bites consisting of smoked salmon, several marinated salads, miniature chicken meatballs and some house made salami. Next I tried the gnocchi served in a parsley pesto cream sauce. Really good and rich with lots of garlic, my date had the chicken breast which he loved. We finished the night with piece of tiramisu. We loved our evening out and we will definitely revisit this restaurant.

Pros: tasty food, very affordable, nice wine list

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Outside there are sweet little tables, nicely set and as you enter you pass through doors and a curtain. The inside is cozy and lovely, romantic and intimate. I stopped in at an odd time, 2 PM on a friday. I'd ordered a house salad, penne puttanesca, and bread pudding (all of which I took to go and shared with my mom). The salad and pasta were meager portions (I suppose smaller because it was lunch time?) and the bread pudding portion was huge (odd?). The salad and pasta were mediocre. The caramel sauce with the bread pudding was SO YUMMY. The bread was dense, and it was overall not that puddy-ish. I LOVE bread pudding and this was sadly disappointing, except for the sauce. Overall not great. Won't return.
Service was very friendly.

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★★★☆☆

Outside there are sweet little tables, nicely set and as you enter you pass through doors and a curtain. The inside is cozy and lovely, romantic and intimate. I stopped in at an odd time, 2 PM on a friday. I'd ordered a house salad, penne puttanesca, and bread pudding (all of which I took to go and shared with my mom). The salad and pasta were meager portions (I suppose smaller because it was lunch time?) and the bread pudding portion was huge (odd?). The salad and pasta were mediocre. The caramel sauce with the bread pudding was SO YUMMY. The bread was dense, and it was overall not that puddy-ish. I LOVE bread pudding and this was sadly disappointing, except for the sauce. Overall not great. Won't return.
Service was very friendly.

Pros: I want to spend lots of time here

Cons: But, not eating their food

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Ya know .. it was pretty good. But I'll go against the grain here. Service while not bad, was unfriendly and abrupt. Alternative comes with it's own form of snobbery and you will find it in abundance here. To our waitress: you are a waitress, so shake it honey and put a smile on. To the manager, I guarantee you will fill it if you give the folks waiting tables a talking to. At 50 bucks a check not including drinks we deserve a smile.

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★★☆☆☆

Ya know .. it was pretty good. But I'll go against the grain here. Service while not bad, was unfriendly and abrupt. Alternative comes with it's own form of snobbery and you will find it in abundance here. To our waitress: you are a waitress, so shake it honey and put a smile on. To the manager, I guarantee you will fill it if you give the folks waiting tables a talking to. At 50 bucks a check not including drinks we deserve a smile.

Pros: Foods OK

Cons: Pricey, Snobby "Better than You" Service

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We have been going there on our anniversary for 3 years because we really liked the place. The last visit a couple weeks ago was a big disappointment. The appetizer tasted good, but looked like something that had already been partially digested once. That was the best part of the meal. Neither of our dinners had any flavor. The only ingredient we could taste on my dish was the pepper, which was more than we could taste on my husband??s dish. Service was painfully slow. It took 20 min just to run our credit card. We also enjoyed the headaches obtained from the lights constantly flickering from bright to dim the entire time. Overall, it was a very disappointing anniversary dinner.

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★★☆☆☆

We have been going there on our anniversary for 3 years because we really liked the place. The last visit a couple weeks ago was a big disappointment. The appetizer tasted good, but looked like something that had already been partially digested once. That was the best part of the meal. Neither of our dinners had any flavor. The only ingredient we could taste on my dish was the pepper, which was more than we could taste on my husband??s dish. Service was painfully slow. It took 20 min just to run our credit card. We also enjoyed the headaches obtained from the lights constantly flickering from bright to dim the entire time. Overall, it was a very disappointing anniversary dinner.

Pros: cozy, friendly staff

Cons: flavorless food, slow service

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We are new to town and were recommended this cute Italian restaurant which as it turns out is quite close to our house. The decor makes this a very special and unique setting. We sat in a small nook area, which we enjoyed.
We had the goat cheese fritter/ salad which had chopped dates that added a somewhat sweet texture to the dish, I also had the gnocchi which was to die for in a tomato butter garlicky sauce. My partner had the pumpkin ravioli which I was able to try- really good.
The wine list is very affordable with prices starting around the lower $20 range.
Next time I'll go for a bottle instead of glass pours.
We liked our server who was both very prompt and professional but also very friendly and welcoming.
overall we felt the restaurant to be both warm and inviting. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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★★★★★

We are new to town and were recommended this cute Italian restaurant which as it turns out is quite close to our house. The decor makes this a very special and unique setting. We sat in a small nook area, which we enjoyed.
We had the goat cheese fritter/ salad which had chopped dates that added a somewhat sweet texture to the dish, I also had the gnocchi which was to die for in a tomato butter garlicky sauce. My partner had the pumpkin ravioli which I was able to try- really good.
The wine list is very affordable with prices starting around the lower $20 range.
Next time I'll go for a bottle instead of glass pours.
We liked our server who was both very prompt and professional but also very friendly and welcoming.
overall we felt the restaurant to be both warm and inviting. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

Pros: Eclectic setting, great wine list, friendly staff

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I brought a group of 14 people here from a dining group I run. We have eaten at Portland's top restaurants. We weren't sure what to expect since this place is not receiving the rave reviews and awards of some of the places we have recently tried but we were pleasantly surprised.

The owner Eugene made the evening really special and treated us like family. Good food and reasonable prices! The restaurant seems to take particular care to buy fresh ingredients and make everything fresh in house. Even the drinks in the bar are made with fresh house infused liqueurs - none of the shortcut flavored liquor here. The house special gnocchi with lamb and wild mushrooms was amazing and the salad of arugula and home made duck prosciutto was simple but perfectly executed and very unique. (Where else can you find home made duck prosciutto?)

If something is not right - you just need to say something and they will do what they can to make it right. My lamb shank was not as flavorful as my first two dishes so I knew something was amiss. I let the waitress know and I was immediately and cheerfully offered the chance to order something different. I said it would be a shame to waste this wonderful cut of meat - so after a few seconds talking to the chef and owner Eugene - my lamb was whisked to the kitchen and returned with a much improved flavor.

The most impressive is that they are willing to take risks with their food - some things are just outstanding and some things may or may not work - but the attitude is to make you the customer happy and that is what is important. This is a restaurant that has soul - and I would rather dine in this type of place and forgive their few experiments that don't work then spend my evening in a sterile cold impersonal place that gets everything right but still leaves you feeling like something is missing. The charming decor and the homey surrounding neighborhood only add to the experience.

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★★★★★

I brought a group of 14 people here from a dining group I run. We have eaten at Portland's top restaurants. We weren't sure what to expect since this place is not receiving the rave reviews and awards of some of the places we have recently tried but we were pleasantly surprised.

The owner Eugene made the evening really special and treated us like family. Good food and reasonable prices! The restaurant seems to take particular care to buy fresh ingredients and make everything fresh in house. Even the drinks in the bar are made with fresh house infused liqueurs - none of the shortcut flavored liquor here. The house special gnocchi with lamb and wild mushrooms was amazing and the salad of arugula and home made duck prosciutto was simple but perfectly executed and very unique. (Where else can you find home made duck prosciutto?)

If something is not right - you just need to say something and they will do what they can to make it right. My lamb shank was not as flavorful as my first two dishes so I knew something was amiss. I let the waitress know and I was immediately and cheerfully offered the chance to order something different. I said it would be a shame to waste this wonderful cut of meat - so after a few seconds talking to the chef and owner Eugene - my lamb was whisked to the kitchen and returned with a much improved flavor.

The most impressive is that they are willing to take risks with their food - some things are just outstanding and some things may or may not work - but the attitude is to make you the customer happy and that is what is important. This is a restaurant that has soul - and I would rather dine in this type of place and forgive their few experiments that don't work then spend my evening in a sterile cold impersonal place that gets everything right but still leaves you feeling like something is missing. The charming decor and the homey surrounding neighborhood only add to the experience.

Pros: Homey, charming, peronalized treatment

Cons: Not all dishes meet expectations but staff is more than willing to make things right

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We went to Il Piatto for their Valentines Day fixed price menu. We had dined here several years ago and found the food to be very good. My how things have changed. For dinner - you could select one first course - which included both salad or a selection of warm dishes, One entree and one dessert. My wife had the wild mushrooms with Polenta and while the mushrooms were good, the polenta tasted like cardboard and seemed like they were made weeks before. I had the risotto which was cold, bland, and pasty. Eghhh.

I held out hope for our Entree's! My wife had the strip steak which she ordered medium rare and I had the lamb with Gnocchi. The steak arrived well done and chewy as was the lamb. It was like eating a piece of shoe leather. The gnocchi was equally as bad. Both dishes lacked any flavor whatsoever.

For dessert I had the bread pudding, one of my favorites. It arrived as two slices slightly smaller than a normal piece of bread and tasted like it had been sitting out for several days. Hard, dry and crunchy on one side. Slightly softer on the other. Horrible....

I had such high hopes for this place. It's in a wonderful location and has great ambiance but the food is just lousy, almost to the point of really bad. I'm not sure if the chef has lost interest or doesn't care. It's just sad since this place used to be so good!

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Il Piatto for their Valentines Day fixed price menu. We had dined here several years ago and found the food to be very good. My how things have changed. For dinner - you could select one first course - which included both salad or a selection of warm dishes, One entree and one dessert. My wife had the wild mushrooms with Polenta and while the mushrooms were good, the polenta tasted like cardboard and seemed like they were made weeks before. I had the risotto which was cold, bland, and pasty. Eghhh.

I held out hope for our Entree's! My wife had the strip steak which she ordered medium rare and I had the lamb with Gnocchi. The steak arrived well done and chewy as was the lamb. It was like eating a piece of shoe leather. The gnocchi was equally as bad. Both dishes lacked any flavor whatsoever.

For dessert I had the bread pudding, one of my favorites. It arrived as two slices slightly smaller than a normal piece of bread and tasted like it had been sitting out for several days. Hard, dry and crunchy on one side. Slightly softer on the other. Horrible....

I had such high hopes for this place. It's in a wonderful location and has great ambiance but the food is just lousy, almost to the point of really bad. I'm not sure if the chef has lost interest or doesn't care. It's just sad since this place used to be so good!

Pros: Location, Ambiance

Cons: Food

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Took my Mother-in-law, 91 year old Italian lady that has traveled around the world, eaten at the best places and expects the best and she did not have anything bad to say about the food which is a
Very rare thing! We will go there again. If we can eat out without a complaint you can bet it has great food and service.

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★★★★★

Took my Mother-in-law, 91 year old Italian lady that has traveled around the world, eaten at the best places and expects the best and she did not have anything bad to say about the food which is a
Very rare thing! We will go there again. If we can eat out without a complaint you can bet it has great food and service.

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This place is supurb! Every item on their menu is delicious. The staff is great and the place is beautiful! The meals cannot be beat and the atmosphere is old world italy!

5
★★★★★

This place is supurb! Every item on their menu is delicious. The staff is great and the place is beautiful! The meals cannot be beat and the atmosphere is old world italy!

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We had a wonderful dining experience at il Piatto last night.
They had an very nice 3 course menu which we opted for. The food was both creative and the flavors well balanced. The service was both friendly and professional. The wine list is both extensive, and the pricing very affordable.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to others.

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★★★★★

We had a wonderful dining experience at il Piatto last night.
They had an very nice 3 course menu which we opted for. The food was both creative and the flavors well balanced. The service was both friendly and professional. The wine list is both extensive, and the pricing very affordable.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to others.

Pros: Friendly, good food, nice wine list

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This place has great atmosphere & would be such a charming & romantic place to eat, if the food weren't subpar. I have tried to like it, but each time I'm disappointed. Once, I ordered a featured steak rare, and it arrived laughably well-done & the consistency of an old shoe. Subsequent visits have turned up lame pasta dishes. Such a shame, too, since it's right around the corner from my house!

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★★☆☆☆

This place has great atmosphere & would be such a charming & romantic place to eat, if the food weren't subpar. I have tried to like it, but each time I'm disappointed. Once, I ordered a featured steak rare, and it arrived laughably well-done & the consistency of an old shoe. Subsequent visits have turned up lame pasta dishes. Such a shame, too, since it's right around the corner from my house!

Pros: Romantic

Cons: ugh, the food

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We arrived at 7pm for our reservation and were sat promptly by our wonderful server. I chose to start with a salad with goat cheese which we split. The Entree I chose was the fish special which was a salmon dish with risotto and my date decided on the gnocchi. Our waiter recommended a Chianti which was the right choice. The lighting is dim, with candles, great decorations.We both enjoyed our food and would definitely recommend this for a romantic date spot.

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★★★★☆

We arrived at 7pm for our reservation and were sat promptly by our wonderful server. I chose to start with a salad with goat cheese which we split. The Entree I chose was the fish special which was a salmon dish with risotto and my date decided on the gnocchi. Our waiter recommended a Chianti which was the right choice. The lighting is dim, with candles, great decorations.We both enjoyed our food and would definitely recommend this for a romantic date spot.

Pros: good food, feels italian, moderately priced

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So, I took my wife to Il Piatto for our anniversary and absolutely loved it. Now, we are not the experts when it comes to Italian restaurants, but we know great food and service. We got there early and enjoyed a drink in the Jade lounge. The bar tender was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Once we were seated, we enjoyed the portabello appetizer and the fabulous wine list. We followed that with a salad that I couldn't pronounce but was great (that's coming from a guy that doesn't like salads all that much). For the main entree, I had the Fetticuini with shrimp (not the actual name as I can't pronounce it), and my wife had a chicken sausage with salami pasta dish. Both were amazingly good. A finally, we finish the night with the Flourless Chocolate Cake The atmosphere was perfect, not too crowded or loud. Just right for that romantic dinner with the loved one.

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★★★★★

So, I took my wife to Il Piatto for our anniversary and absolutely loved it. Now, we are not the experts when it comes to Italian restaurants, but we know great food and service. We got there early and enjoyed a drink in the Jade lounge. The bar tender was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Once we were seated, we enjoyed the portabello appetizer and the fabulous wine list. We followed that with a salad that I couldn't pronounce but was great (that's coming from a guy that doesn't like salads all that much). For the main entree, I had the Fetticuini with shrimp (not the actual name as I can't pronounce it), and my wife had a chicken sausage with salami pasta dish. Both were amazingly good. A finally, we finish the night with the Flourless Chocolate Cake The atmosphere was perfect, not too crowded or loud. Just right for that romantic dinner with the loved one.

Pros: Ambience, Wine List

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So, second trip - and I have to agree with some of the other reviews, it has "lost" something. First trip was a first date with a possible girlfriend (she picked the place and introduced me), and it was great. Of course, we were the only ones in the restuarant. But, the guy behind the wine bar knew his stuff, and the food was great. Second trip - so now I am loving the thought of going back and impressing the new girl I am now dating full time. What a disaster. The A/C was broken, the server was VERY rude, and neither of the two gals working knew the wine list. The food was okay, missing something from the first time, not worth the price. Oh, where is "Assaggio's" when I need you! I can see why they were half-empty on a Friday night, and the bar WAS empty. Yes, the decor is kinda cool, the wine menu very well rounded (albeit missing the young guy behind the wine bar). With so much competition in PDX, and my love of Italian, I unfortunately won't be returning. Sorry folks, I do wish you well....

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★★☆☆☆

So, second trip - and I have to agree with some of the other reviews, it has "lost" something. First trip was a first date with a possible girlfriend (she picked the place and introduced me), and it was great. Of course, we were the only ones in the restuarant. But, the guy behind the wine bar knew his stuff, and the food was great. Second trip - so now I am loving the thought of going back and impressing the new girl I am now dating full time. What a disaster. The A/C was broken, the server was VERY rude, and neither of the two gals working knew the wine list. The food was okay, missing something from the first time, not worth the price. Oh, where is "Assaggio's" when I need you! I can see why they were half-empty on a Friday night, and the bar WAS empty. Yes, the decor is kinda cool, the wine menu very well rounded (albeit missing the young guy behind the wine bar). With so much competition in PDX, and my love of Italian, I unfortunately won't be returning. Sorry folks, I do wish you well....

Pros: Great wine list

Cons: Don't expect any advice on it :)

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I have enjoyed il piato in the past, however my last two trips have been sorely disappointing. I love the ambiance, but the food & the service the last time we went was terrible. They were way understaffed, it took our server forever to get to our table, the air conditioner was broken and our food was just gross. We had the portobello appetizer, the pasta daily special & the spinach ravioli. All three dishes were so bad that we couldn't eat them. it tasted like the chef was not trying the sauces or the food before he sent it out. Sending the food back would have been appropriate, but was not an option because our server did not even check back on us. sorry, but i will be taking my business elsewhere for italian food in portland.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have enjoyed il piato in the past, however my last two trips have been sorely disappointing. I love the ambiance, but the food & the service the last time we went was terrible. They were way understaffed, it took our server forever to get to our table, the air conditioner was broken and our food was just gross. We had the portobello appetizer, the pasta daily special & the spinach ravioli. All three dishes were so bad that we couldn't eat them. it tasted like the chef was not trying the sauces or the food before he sent it out. Sending the food back would have been appropriate, but was not an option because our server did not even check back on us. sorry, but i will be taking my business elsewhere for italian food in portland.

Pros: nice atmosphere, good wine list

Cons: food was terrible, wait staff rude

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We arrived somewhat early and had a drink in their Asian bar, after which we then moved into the dining area. A lovely space with vintage chandeliers and paintings throughout. The table we were seated at was situated in an alcove, which made it more romantic. We started with calamari which were breaded in corn meal and lavender, really tasty!, I ordered a chicken sausage pasta which was also really good. My wife ordered the vegetarian Lasagna which she really liked. Our friendly server recommended the cannoli which we also liked, one was filled with a chocolate ricotta, the other was filled with pistachio cream. We enjoyed our evening very much and would highly recommend this restaurant.

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★★★★★

We arrived somewhat early and had a drink in their Asian bar, after which we then moved into the dining area. A lovely space with vintage chandeliers and paintings throughout. The table we were seated at was situated in an alcove, which made it more romantic. We started with calamari which were breaded in corn meal and lavender, really tasty!, I ordered a chicken sausage pasta which was also really good. My wife ordered the vegetarian Lasagna which she really liked. Our friendly server recommended the cannoli which we also liked, one was filled with a chocolate ricotta, the other was filled with pistachio cream. We enjoyed our evening very much and would highly recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Food, Service, Dining room

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I haven't been there in years, so we went tonite. I absolutely love the decor , very charming and romantic. The olive oil on the table had a bit of a fishy taste to me, not so good. The bread was OK, also I have a pet peeve about places where you have to ask for salt and pepper, this is one of them. We split the gorganzola salad, quite good. He ordered the penne with pancetta, artichoke, and pepper flakes, super tasty. I ordered the fett. with gorganzola sauce, candied walnuts, and chicken. sounded sooooooo good. The dish was so sweet with the candied walnuts it tasted like a dessert. I salted and peppered it like crazy, but still could not get it to taste good. My boyfriend was generous to share his dish with me, and I didn't have the heart to complain. i think over all for the money< i would go elsewhere. but i do love the ambience

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★★★☆☆

I haven't been there in years, so we went tonite. I absolutely love the decor , very charming and romantic. The olive oil on the table had a bit of a fishy taste to me, not so good. The bread was OK, also I have a pet peeve about places where you have to ask for salt and pepper, this is one of them. We split the gorganzola salad, quite good. He ordered the penne with pancetta, artichoke, and pepper flakes, super tasty. I ordered the fett. with gorganzola sauce, candied walnuts, and chicken. sounded sooooooo good. The dish was so sweet with the candied walnuts it tasted like a dessert. I salted and peppered it like crazy, but still could not get it to taste good. My boyfriend was generous to share his dish with me, and I didn't have the heart to complain. i think over all for the money< i would go elsewhere. but i do love the ambience

Pros: charming romantic place

Cons: food average

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We chose the rrestaurant based on some local positive reviews. There were highs and lows:
1.) Decor is quite lovely and the atmosphere very nice
2.) service a bit fractured too many servers came to the table and asked the same questions
3.)Wine list was not initially provided
4.)Carapsscio was good but not very generous and was topped with very bitter radicchio
5.)Antipasto was original and tasty
6.)Charging for extra bread in a reletively high priced restaurant is tacky
7.)As noted by some others, many dishes were surprisingly too sweet, notably the pumpkin ravioli. There was a hint of savory but it was unbalalced
8.) The osso bucco was nicely prpared and generous, but, again, copuld have used a bit of balancing with some acidity.
9.)The wine list was excellent, faily priced, and broad in choices. The seleced Baraba d'Alba was excellent
10.)The canoli weer nice but, ironically, not at all sweet; the accompanying coffee was nicely brwed and flavorful
11.)The saltimbocca was dry and cooked to within an inch of its life!! The sauce, however, was well construted and tasty.

On balance, this could have been a memorable meal but came out just pretty good. I would try it again, but would go elsewhere first.

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★★★☆☆

We chose the rrestaurant based on some local positive reviews. There were highs and lows:
1.) Decor is quite lovely and the atmosphere very nice
2.) service a bit fractured too many servers came to the table and asked the same questions
3.)Wine list was not initially provided
4.)Carapsscio was good but not very generous and was topped with very bitter radicchio
5.)Antipasto was original and tasty
6.)Charging for extra bread in a reletively high priced restaurant is tacky
7.)As noted by some others, many dishes were surprisingly too sweet, notably the pumpkin ravioli. There was a hint of savory but it was unbalalced
8.) The osso bucco was nicely prpared and generous, but, again, copuld have used a bit of balancing with some acidity.
9.)The wine list was excellent, faily priced, and broad in choices. The seleced Baraba d'Alba was excellent
10.)The canoli weer nice but, ironically, not at all sweet; the accompanying coffee was nicely brwed and flavorful
11.)The saltimbocca was dry and cooked to within an inch of its life!! The sauce, however, was well construted and tasty.

On balance, this could have been a memorable meal but came out just pretty good. I would try it again, but would go elsewhere first.

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This warmly lit Northern Italian trattoria is a local magnet, packed with neighbors, couples on "date night," and lively family groups. The lengthy menu features a dozen or so pastas ranging from a classic creamy carbonara and three-cheese…

 

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