Ciao Vito Restaurant

★★★★☆
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503-282-5522

2203 NE Alberta St

Portland, OR

97211

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Ciao Vito is a gem in the neighborhood--great atmosphere and solid, delicious Italian food. Take your favorite family when they visit from out of town.

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★★★★☆

Ciao Vito is a gem in the neighborhood--great atmosphere and solid, delicious Italian food. Take your favorite family when they visit from out of town.

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Delicious regional italian food in a nice spot on Alberta. We often go and just have appetizers which are absolutely delicious. Great wine selection, too.

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Delicious regional italian food in a nice spot on Alberta. We often go and just have appetizers which are absolutely delicious. Great wine selection, too.

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Food is really good and very authentic. The owner Vito is very friendly. Try this gem on Alberta out

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Food is really good and very authentic. The owner Vito is very friendly. Try this gem on Alberta out

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If you like italian then you will love Ciao Vito. The atmosphere is cozy and the service terrific. It is a great neighborhood feeling place that has a bit of the feel of the Pearl without the fuss. You will see folks in their good clothes sitting next to folks with a ton of tatoos. The food is not the traditional italian but rather the more mediterranean. A great meal in a very casual atmosphere.

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★★★★☆

If you like italian then you will love Ciao Vito. The atmosphere is cozy and the service terrific. It is a great neighborhood feeling place that has a bit of the feel of the Pearl without the fuss. You will see folks in their good clothes sitting next to folks with a ton of tatoos. The food is not the traditional italian but rather the more mediterranean. A great meal in a very casual atmosphere.

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Excellent service - pretty place - easy parking on the street (Sunday at 5:30PM) - accommodated my vegan requests with grace and style. I"d definitely go back there.

6
★★★★★

Excellent service - pretty place - easy parking on the street (Sunday at 5:30PM) - accommodated my vegan requests with grace and style. I"d definitely go back there.

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Usually I love this restaurant, but had an awful experience a few nights ago. The food took a very long time to get to us, and when it finally did arrive one plate was steaming hot and the other plate was cold. The steaming hot plate was

6
★★★★★

Usually I love this restaurant, but had an awful experience a few nights ago. The food took a very long time to get to us, and when it finally did arrive one plate was steaming hot and the other plate was cold. The steaming hot plate was

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I called to ask questions about happy hour and the guy was so rude to me. I wanted to bring a group of people out for happy hour and I said the name wrong. They guy made fun of me then hung up. I called back to tell him I was hoping to

6
★★★★★

I called to ask questions about happy hour and the guy was so rude to me. I wanted to bring a group of people out for happy hour and I said the name wrong. They guy made fun of me then hung up. I called back to tell him I was hoping to

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Discovered this place by chance one day after snowboarding. Instantly fell in love with the skirt steak. THe sides with this dish change but the steak is always amazing. THe pork chop is fantastic and unforgetable. The chop has changed my outlook on eating them while out. The Hapy hour Sugo of Pork with Penne is a meal itself and delicious. The happy hour lasts til 8:00pm every day and till closing(9:00)pm on Sundays. I love this place so much I want to work here on weekends... There is one bartender who could not be friendlier and has made us feel like family and quite frankly I feel guilty any time we eat anywhere else becuase I know she would treat us better. .. THe happy hour drinks are fantastic. If you haven't tried it within the last year Ciao Vito is something you are missing out on. I

4
★★★★☆

Discovered this place by chance one day after snowboarding. Instantly fell in love with the skirt steak. THe sides with this dish change but the steak is always amazing. THe pork chop is fantastic and unforgetable. The chop has changed my outlook on eating them while out. The Hapy hour Sugo of Pork with Penne is a meal itself and delicious. The happy hour lasts til 8:00pm every day and till closing(9:00)pm on Sundays. I love this place so much I want to work here on weekends... There is one bartender who could not be friendlier and has made us feel like family and quite frankly I feel guilty any time we eat anywhere else becuase I know she would treat us better. .. THe happy hour drinks are fantastic. If you haven't tried it within the last year Ciao Vito is something you are missing out on. I

Pros: Excellent Bartender, Food, Happy Hour, Quality

Cons: Small bar side seating area.

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We had a wonderful dinner with friends this weekend. The house specialty Margaritas were superb; our starters - the Flatbread & Polenta were awesome; the special Salad with Coppa was perfectly dressed with a berry vinaigrette; the Skirt Steak & Seafood Pasta were yummy; and finally, the dessert - Panna Cotta, Pots de Creme & Sundae just about over the top.
Keep it up! We'll be back

5
★★★★★

We had a wonderful dinner with friends this weekend. The house specialty Margaritas were superb; our starters - the Flatbread & Polenta were awesome; the special Salad with Coppa was perfectly dressed with a berry vinaigrette; the Skirt Steak & Seafood Pasta were yummy; and finally, the dessert - Panna Cotta, Pots de Creme & Sundae just about over the top.
Keep it up! We'll be back

Pros: excellent appetizers, salads & dinner

Cons: a little ways out in N Portland

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I tried Ciao Vito a couple years ago and was disappointed, so I was not looking forward to going back...

It was fine a couple years ago but it has hit its stride as of late. In the last Three months I have been six times and the food has been out of this world. The service has been very good five of the six times (weird guy warmed up to us when we kept ordering food after happy hour ended but by then he lost half his tip). The happy hour stuff is great but so is the dinner menu. If you haven't tried it in a while it is worth another visit

5
★★★★★

I tried Ciao Vito a couple years ago and was disappointed, so I was not looking forward to going back...

It was fine a couple years ago but it has hit its stride as of late. In the last Three months I have been six times and the food has been out of this world. The service has been very good five of the six times (weird guy warmed up to us when we kept ordering food after happy hour ended but by then he lost half his tip). The happy hour stuff is great but so is the dinner menu. If you haven't tried it in a while it is worth another visit

Pros: Food

Cons: vito negroni - not so good

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Normally, I love the food at Ciao Vito. I am a total foodie and go to many restuaruants through out the Portland area so the I am no stranger to the few "good" italian spots we have. I was extremely surprised at the level of service we received this past weekend. After giving us the specials detail, our server seemed irritated that we asked for additional bread while we waited for our food (it was taking a little while but we are never too bothered by that if we know it is worth the wait). After dinner we ordered dessert and three bites into it found a long blonde hair in it! We are both brunnettes. When we showed it to her, she shrugged her shoulders, said "sorry?", and walked away. The apology WAS a question and insincere. No offer to take it away and then when we got the bill, it was STILL on there!!
Very disappointing especially since we were celebrating our upcoming wedding with my parents.

2
★★☆☆☆

Normally, I love the food at Ciao Vito. I am a total foodie and go to many restuaruants through out the Portland area so the I am no stranger to the few "good" italian spots we have. I was extremely surprised at the level of service we received this past weekend. After giving us the specials detail, our server seemed irritated that we asked for additional bread while we waited for our food (it was taking a little while but we are never too bothered by that if we know it is worth the wait). After dinner we ordered dessert and three bites into it found a long blonde hair in it! We are both brunnettes. When we showed it to her, she shrugged her shoulders, said "sorry?", and walked away. The apology WAS a question and insincere. No offer to take it away and then when we got the bill, it was STILL on there!!
Very disappointing especially since we were celebrating our upcoming wedding with my parents.

Pros: Good Italian Food

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This place is terrible. Service was awful. People around us who had been sitted after us and ordered after us received their food before we did. Asking about our meal didn't help either. We were ignored! The bartender serving us knew her order got messed up (or maybe she messed it up herself) and didn't even have the courtesy to give us another serving of bread! We waited 45 minutes after our salad to get our meal. When we did, one was of good proportion, but the pasta with pesto was the size of a small salad plate. This is what we waited 45 minutes for! And after asking for the manager, we never saw him/her! No siree, management did NOT want to take care of us!. Ceasar salad was only so so. Not worth the money we spent. There are SO MANY OTHER PLACES TO GO IN PORTLAND. Why EVER go there. Trust me, don't!!!

1
★☆☆☆☆

This place is terrible. Service was awful. People around us who had been sitted after us and ordered after us received their food before we did. Asking about our meal didn't help either. We were ignored! The bartender serving us knew her order got messed up (or maybe she messed it up herself) and didn't even have the courtesy to give us another serving of bread! We waited 45 minutes after our salad to get our meal. When we did, one was of good proportion, but the pasta with pesto was the size of a small salad plate. This is what we waited 45 minutes for! And after asking for the manager, we never saw him/her! No siree, management did NOT want to take care of us!. Ceasar salad was only so so. Not worth the money we spent. There are SO MANY OTHER PLACES TO GO IN PORTLAND. Why EVER go there. Trust me, don't!!!

Pros: Comfy bar stools

Cons: Manager was not managing!

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My fiance and I walk in without reservation 7:15. We got sat immediately at the bar. After a lively bar area order, I get sugo pork, with polenta and ragu $18, my fiance, skirt steak with french fries $21. Ok, french fries at an Italian spot!?! the menu had only a few actual Italian words on the menu. The entire menu barely fills a page and mild.

After searching my fiance's plate for the tablepoon of murky water. I spoke up, looking forward to a good red wine demi glace. FYI, demi glace is FRENCH for half glaze and any chef will tell you that it should be thick enough to cover the back of a spoon. I asked the bartender of 5 years, where the sauce was and was told that the sauce was supposed to be thin. After poking at our food for 20 min we got our food to go. With a quarter of a glass of wine, and half a beer, we're asked to move. We were shocked, but ok leaving some alcohol. I set my food down on a table because thats the only place I can find to put it while I put my jacket on, my girlfriend wrestlin' to get her jacket on, and a waitress picked up my box and scoffed at me giving my fiance "whats wrong with this guy", I begin to explain my actions, hey I was trying to finish my beer and I got kicked. . . she hands me my box & walks away.

We go to the hostess asking for the manager, she replies, is there a problem? Yeah we got kicked out and we want to talk to a manager. She corrects me and tells me Ciao Vito doesn't kick people out, we ask them to move. At this point, realizing that this is the way Ciao Vito treats you when you sit at the bar and try to spend $100, we leave.

You might not get treated bad here, maybe you will. As a former chef, I have actually been transferred for making sauce like that.

To the staff, We may have looked young, but when customers get treated like that, believe we are going to say something.
To potential customers, you have been warned. And don't go up the street to Siam Society, even worse.

1
★☆☆☆☆

My fiance and I walk in without reservation 7:15. We got sat immediately at the bar. After a lively bar area order, I get sugo pork, with polenta and ragu $18, my fiance, skirt steak with french fries $21. Ok, french fries at an Italian spot!?! the menu had only a few actual Italian words on the menu. The entire menu barely fills a page and mild.

After searching my fiance's plate for the tablepoon of murky water. I spoke up, looking forward to a good red wine demi glace. FYI, demi glace is FRENCH for half glaze and any chef will tell you that it should be thick enough to cover the back of a spoon. I asked the bartender of 5 years, where the sauce was and was told that the sauce was supposed to be thin. After poking at our food for 20 min we got our food to go. With a quarter of a glass of wine, and half a beer, we're asked to move. We were shocked, but ok leaving some alcohol. I set my food down on a table because thats the only place I can find to put it while I put my jacket on, my girlfriend wrestlin' to get her jacket on, and a waitress picked up my box and scoffed at me giving my fiance "whats wrong with this guy", I begin to explain my actions, hey I was trying to finish my beer and I got kicked. . . she hands me my box & walks away.

We go to the hostess asking for the manager, she replies, is there a problem? Yeah we got kicked out and we want to talk to a manager. She corrects me and tells me Ciao Vito doesn't kick people out, we ask them to move. At this point, realizing that this is the way Ciao Vito treats you when you sit at the bar and try to spend $100, we leave.

You might not get treated bad here, maybe you will. As a former chef, I have actually been transferred for making sauce like that.

To the staff, We may have looked young, but when customers get treated like that, believe we are going to say something.
To potential customers, you have been warned. And don't go up the street to Siam Society, even worse.

Pros: Decent wine and spirit collection

Cons: poor service, non-authentic food, poor quality control mechanism, money making is primary concern not customers.

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Diners, please take note that most reviews are mid-2008 and before. Why? I'm not sure...maybe because not many folks are coming in anymore? Possibly. Went out Friday with neighbors originally for an excursion to Toro Bravo but left there after being informed of the 2.5 hour wait (um, no). Collectively decided to go somewhere closer to home and ended up at Ciao Vito. First time there for my wife and I. We were able to get a table upon arrival (good or bad thing I'm not sure). Hard to decide if our server was uninformed or aloof but either way I didn't get the best warm/fuzzy feeling from him from the get-go. We all split a few appetizers (crispy polenta w/ spinach and roasted beet salad w/ goat cheese). Tasty, but oh so tiny...I'm guessing we would have ordered additional if our server had indicated that they were so small. Interestingly we were told that they were out of croutons for the caesar salad (kind of odd to run out of croutons, no?) and that there was a change to the specialty pasta dish (bolognese instead of different beef sauce). No biggie as we passed on salads and between us ordered the skirt steak, linguini w/ clams, and two pasta specials. I can really only speak for the dinners my wife and I had but neither were anything to write home about. The steak was tender but entirely too salty and the steak fries were soggy. While interesting to look at, the clams were served in-shell on top of the linguini which made it difficult to try to eat...too much effort required to finish the dish. In addition, the 'sauce' was almost nonexistent...basically bare noodles. Should have sent it all back but didn't. Almost wish we had.
I will say I would consider returning for coffee/dessert only, as the gelato affogato and warm berry/apple crisp were very good. BUT, since we are not big into desserts anyway, I doubt that we'll be returning any time soon if at all...there are just too many restaurants in Portland to choose from which are far superior to Ciao Vito.

3
★★★☆☆

Diners, please take note that most reviews are mid-2008 and before. Why? I'm not sure...maybe because not many folks are coming in anymore? Possibly. Went out Friday with neighbors originally for an excursion to Toro Bravo but left there after being informed of the 2.5 hour wait (um, no). Collectively decided to go somewhere closer to home and ended up at Ciao Vito. First time there for my wife and I. We were able to get a table upon arrival (good or bad thing I'm not sure). Hard to decide if our server was uninformed or aloof but either way I didn't get the best warm/fuzzy feeling from him from the get-go. We all split a few appetizers (crispy polenta w/ spinach and roasted beet salad w/ goat cheese). Tasty, but oh so tiny...I'm guessing we would have ordered additional if our server had indicated that they were so small. Interestingly we were told that they were out of croutons for the caesar salad (kind of odd to run out of croutons, no?) and that there was a change to the specialty pasta dish (bolognese instead of different beef sauce). No biggie as we passed on salads and between us ordered the skirt steak, linguini w/ clams, and two pasta specials. I can really only speak for the dinners my wife and I had but neither were anything to write home about. The steak was tender but entirely too salty and the steak fries were soggy. While interesting to look at, the clams were served in-shell on top of the linguini which made it difficult to try to eat...too much effort required to finish the dish. In addition, the 'sauce' was almost nonexistent...basically bare noodles. Should have sent it all back but didn't. Almost wish we had.
I will say I would consider returning for coffee/dessert only, as the gelato affogato and warm berry/apple crisp were very good. BUT, since we are not big into desserts anyway, I doubt that we'll be returning any time soon if at all...there are just too many restaurants in Portland to choose from which are far superior to Ciao Vito.

Pros: It was somewhere to eat

Cons: Wish we could have gone somewhere else

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ok, so i know that Alberta is this up and coming hot spot, but can the street get some better restaurants on it? This place is not all that, in fact i think it's a little blown out of proportion. The offerings on the cocktails were boring, the wine list, well, they need to get a new wine buyer cause i had to go through 6 tasters to find one that i could barely even put down let alone spend $10.00 a glass on. The menu needs help, maybe some salt? Some garlic? some flavor in our dishes? I was told the owner which is also the chef doesn't like to be asked for substitutions, well what if i don't like chorizo? You'd rather not have me buy the salad and lose out on the $$$ than just fricken make it without? Get rid of the ego dude, cause your food doesn' t stand up to the hype of the place. Flavor!!!! Go back to school.

1
★☆☆☆☆

ok, so i know that Alberta is this up and coming hot spot, but can the street get some better restaurants on it? This place is not all that, in fact i think it's a little blown out of proportion. The offerings on the cocktails were boring, the wine list, well, they need to get a new wine buyer cause i had to go through 6 tasters to find one that i could barely even put down let alone spend $10.00 a glass on. The menu needs help, maybe some salt? Some garlic? some flavor in our dishes? I was told the owner which is also the chef doesn't like to be asked for substitutions, well what if i don't like chorizo? You'd rather not have me buy the salad and lose out on the $$$ than just fricken make it without? Get rid of the ego dude, cause your food doesn' t stand up to the hype of the place. Flavor!!!! Go back to school.

Pros: nice open kitchen, clean.

Cons: tons

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I ate there just the other day (saturday). It was a lazy day outside but when we got into Ciao Vito the Chefs were busy as could be. The food that we say on the bar looked great and got our taste buds zooming. We ate some calimari that was full of flavor and more crispy and tender than i have ever had. The Salad too was just what you expect in the summer. flavorfull and harty. the Ceaser was a great twist moving away from the romain. Who likes cruchy water. the Kale was great. For Dinner we had the Scallops which were great. Liek butter is so over used but yeah they were firm and cooked rear, just right. Pasta with the Scallops was firm and fresh. yum yum. The Skirt steak that my huspand had was great too. This is maby the best cut of meat i have had. Tender, full of flavor and well cooked. The Potato salad was nice. sweat, sour salty and a bit spicy. Perfect combination. The service was a okay. Short to the point and let us enjoy what we had. Not over baring at all and did not rush us. The wine was noce and afordable. We would give this place full honors with five stars but hey, why not push them a bit more and see absolute perfection. Thanks for the dinner we will be back.

4
★★★★☆

I ate there just the other day (saturday). It was a lazy day outside but when we got into Ciao Vito the Chefs were busy as could be. The food that we say on the bar looked great and got our taste buds zooming. We ate some calimari that was full of flavor and more crispy and tender than i have ever had. The Salad too was just what you expect in the summer. flavorfull and harty. the Ceaser was a great twist moving away from the romain. Who likes cruchy water. the Kale was great. For Dinner we had the Scallops which were great. Liek butter is so over used but yeah they were firm and cooked rear, just right. Pasta with the Scallops was firm and fresh. yum yum. The Skirt steak that my huspand had was great too. This is maby the best cut of meat i have had. Tender, full of flavor and well cooked. The Potato salad was nice. sweat, sour salty and a bit spicy. Perfect combination. The service was a okay. Short to the point and let us enjoy what we had. Not over baring at all and did not rush us. The wine was noce and afordable. We would give this place full honors with five stars but hey, why not push them a bit more and see absolute perfection. Thanks for the dinner we will be back.

Pros: Great yum yum food

Cons: Not free but that is unreasonable

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We went to Ciao Vito last nite for a birthday celebration. My favorite Italian restaurant was always Tuscany Grill and I've been looking for a replacement since they closed. We made reservations for a Sunday nite, and were immediately seated in the comfy front booth with a beautiful glass chandelier. While service was a bit slow to start, I think our server was giving us time to settle in and peruse the drink menu. Her wine recommendation was spot on, and from then on, her level of attentiveness, appropriate and friendly. We had delicious beet salad (a bit small for $9) and baked pasta with spinach marinara (creamy sauce & perfectly browned top). The tagliatelle (sp?) was good, but not a re-order item (a little too salty). I agree with other reviews, bread from the get go would've been nice and the first round of drinks took a while to arrive. Overall, I'd definitely return if invited to join other friends, but I'll continue my own search to find my next, new favorite Italian restaurant.

4
★★★★☆

We went to Ciao Vito last nite for a birthday celebration. My favorite Italian restaurant was always Tuscany Grill and I've been looking for a replacement since they closed. We made reservations for a Sunday nite, and were immediately seated in the comfy front booth with a beautiful glass chandelier. While service was a bit slow to start, I think our server was giving us time to settle in and peruse the drink menu. Her wine recommendation was spot on, and from then on, her level of attentiveness, appropriate and friendly. We had delicious beet salad (a bit small for $9) and baked pasta with spinach marinara (creamy sauce & perfectly browned top). The tagliatelle (sp?) was good, but not a re-order item (a little too salty). I agree with other reviews, bread from the get go would've been nice and the first round of drinks took a while to arrive. Overall, I'd definitely return if invited to join other friends, but I'll continue my own search to find my next, new favorite Italian restaurant.

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We went to Ciao Vito this past Friday. To my chagrin my friends failed to make a reservation ( that was my buddies job ) no biggie. The host got us in within ten minutes of our arrival ( not bad for 7:30 on a Friday night ) I agree with comments about the poor lighting. Too dark for my taste. My wife pointed out that the interior walls needed painting, hence the poor lighting. Now to the food & service.

Drinks took longer to get than our table! Great bread ( I think it was Ken's ) wish there was more of it. Although we were re-filled ASAP. Food was great though . Good ingredients, local fresh. We had :
Beet Salad, Polenta & Spinach, Salad with a Fried egg & sausage & meatballs to start. For entrees we had Linguini with Clams ( 2 orders ) Bolognese, Pork Chop, & spaghetti Agliolio (sp?) . AWESOME CLAMS! Great Pork Chop ( I had two bites ) and my friends liked their apps & entrees. Dessert seemed lacking ( although I was so full, I didnt need dessert ) Hot food was served hot, and cold food was served cold. Surprised there was no Tiramisu or Canoli.

Really busy restaurant. our server was nice enough. Seemed as though they needed another body. Staff was efficient and very professional. The only guy who seemed stressed was the bald cook who was yelling and looked stressed behind the line. He looked ANGRY he kept berating this "punk Rock" chef all night.

Overall great food! First time there. But not our last! We will try it during the week when it is probably quieter. Our friends said they have a great happy hour. Decent pricing ! Good value wine list ! We would have paid $100 more on the West side or the Pearl easy! Not bad for quirky Alberta - best meal on that street easy!

4
★★★★☆

We went to Ciao Vito this past Friday. To my chagrin my friends failed to make a reservation ( that was my buddies job ) no biggie. The host got us in within ten minutes of our arrival ( not bad for 7:30 on a Friday night ) I agree with comments about the poor lighting. Too dark for my taste. My wife pointed out that the interior walls needed painting, hence the poor lighting. Now to the food & service.

Drinks took longer to get than our table! Great bread ( I think it was Ken's ) wish there was more of it. Although we were re-filled ASAP. Food was great though . Good ingredients, local fresh. We had :
Beet Salad, Polenta & Spinach, Salad with a Fried egg & sausage & meatballs to start. For entrees we had Linguini with Clams ( 2 orders ) Bolognese, Pork Chop, & spaghetti Agliolio (sp?) . AWESOME CLAMS! Great Pork Chop ( I had two bites ) and my friends liked their apps & entrees. Dessert seemed lacking ( although I was so full, I didnt need dessert ) Hot food was served hot, and cold food was served cold. Surprised there was no Tiramisu or Canoli.

Really busy restaurant. our server was nice enough. Seemed as though they needed another body. Staff was efficient and very professional. The only guy who seemed stressed was the bald cook who was yelling and looked stressed behind the line. He looked ANGRY he kept berating this "punk Rock" chef all night.

Overall great food! First time there. But not our last! We will try it during the week when it is probably quieter. Our friends said they have a great happy hour. Decent pricing ! Good value wine list ! We would have paid $100 more on the West side or the Pearl easy! Not bad for quirky Alberta - best meal on that street easy!

Pros: good hot food. great linguini & clams

Cons: too dark.

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Had an irritating night here. First and last time we will ever eat at this restaurant. It?s surprising how lame and tacky this place is. The man who greeted us at the door never cracked a smile or had any greeting for us. It took 10 minutes just to get anyone to our table. Then the drinks took another 10 minutes. Our meals were longer. They must have forgotten about us. When my dinner was served it was soooo hot, it never cooled down. Obliviously reheated in the kitchen. Never once did the waitress ask us how our meal was. Hey, don?t waste time or money at this place. In an economy where dollars are scarce, save your dining dollars for a restaurant that appreciates your business and understands the basic etiquette of how to treat customers.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Had an irritating night here. First and last time we will ever eat at this restaurant. It?s surprising how lame and tacky this place is. The man who greeted us at the door never cracked a smile or had any greeting for us. It took 10 minutes just to get anyone to our table. Then the drinks took another 10 minutes. Our meals were longer. They must have forgotten about us. When my dinner was served it was soooo hot, it never cooled down. Obliviously reheated in the kitchen. Never once did the waitress ask us how our meal was. Hey, don?t waste time or money at this place. In an economy where dollars are scarce, save your dining dollars for a restaurant that appreciates your business and understands the basic etiquette of how to treat customers.

Pros: None

Cons: Very POOR service

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I am surprised with the not so good reviews. I have been to Ciao Vito with my husband several times and also with friends. Their wine list is very well thought out. Prices are reasonable. The food was amazing. We had calamari and salad with blue cheese, both prepared very well and incredibly fresh. I had the flank steak, my husband had the seafood special, sea bass. I can't explain what they did to the bass, but it was the best piece of fish I have tasted in Portland metro in years. I begged my hubby to trade. We also finished the night and our bottle of wine with some nice desserts. This is where they were a bit shy and the service at times, a bit choppy. But over-all a mouth watering experience. It can be cramped, but they will do their best to honor your reservations and make you comfortable!

4
★★★★☆

I am surprised with the not so good reviews. I have been to Ciao Vito with my husband several times and also with friends. Their wine list is very well thought out. Prices are reasonable. The food was amazing. We had calamari and salad with blue cheese, both prepared very well and incredibly fresh. I had the flank steak, my husband had the seafood special, sea bass. I can't explain what they did to the bass, but it was the best piece of fish I have tasted in Portland metro in years. I begged my hubby to trade. We also finished the night and our bottle of wine with some nice desserts. This is where they were a bit shy and the service at times, a bit choppy. But over-all a mouth watering experience. It can be cramped, but they will do their best to honor your reservations and make you comfortable!

Pros: Sea Bass special, flank steak with blue cheese, calamari, wine list

Cons: dessert, service can be a bit touchy, but usually C+ to B- (Food makes up for it)!

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I went to CV with a group of friends. Our reservations were intact and when we arrived the table was set and ready, this was awesome, and I thought it was going to be a great culinary experience. We sat for a while and two different servers took our drink orders...I ordered a diet coke which came promptly in a skinny glass...about 8 oz I would estimate. As the rest of our party arrived and we looked over the menu someone said "isn't this an Italian place? Shouldn't there be bread on the table? So I asked the waitress if we should get bread and she said "it's included with the meal but I can bring it out now"...which meant we had one shot of bread and no refills...which she didn't tell us until AFTER we ran out of bread.

The meal took over 30 minutes to prepare from the time we ordered until we had the first salad arrive. My skirt steak was so salty and tough that I could barely eat it.

When I asked for a refill of my diet coke, she brought it promptly and then I asked for a third and she said "You want another coke"? Yes please I said, wait...you have free refills right? Nope she said, we are a small restaurant and don't buy it in bulk like other places so we can't give free refills...and they didn't. At $2.50 a pop you better enjoy those 8oz.

Total bill for 9 people, only 5 drinks and one desert = $280
Satisfaction on a scale of 1-10 = 3

1
★☆☆☆☆

I went to CV with a group of friends. Our reservations were intact and when we arrived the table was set and ready, this was awesome, and I thought it was going to be a great culinary experience. We sat for a while and two different servers took our drink orders...I ordered a diet coke which came promptly in a skinny glass...about 8 oz I would estimate. As the rest of our party arrived and we looked over the menu someone said "isn't this an Italian place? Shouldn't there be bread on the table? So I asked the waitress if we should get bread and she said "it's included with the meal but I can bring it out now"...which meant we had one shot of bread and no refills...which she didn't tell us until AFTER we ran out of bread.

The meal took over 30 minutes to prepare from the time we ordered until we had the first salad arrive. My skirt steak was so salty and tough that I could barely eat it.

When I asked for a refill of my diet coke, she brought it promptly and then I asked for a third and she said "You want another coke"? Yes please I said, wait...you have free refills right? Nope she said, we are a small restaurant and don't buy it in bulk like other places so we can't give free refills...and they didn't. At $2.50 a pop you better enjoy those 8oz.

Total bill for 9 people, only 5 drinks and one desert = $280
Satisfaction on a scale of 1-10 = 3

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Reservations mean nothing at this place. The hostess seemed very inexperienced and just keeps batting her eyes as she said sorry over and over. We headed to the bar to wait to be seated. After dropping $30 on 2 rounds of drinks, the hostess finds us just over an HOUR after we made our reservation. She says sorry (again) and says that they want to buy us a drink. Of course we had just ordered one, the bartender looked at her like I am not refunding anything. Low and behold no free drink or mention of it ever again. We finally get to sit 1.5 hours after our reservation (in a bar table about 2 feet from the standing crowd who is also waiting). The wait staff is very mediocre. The food was bland and boring. I had been here about 2 years ago, my how times have changed. Reservation = 7:30, Entree served = 9:30, Total Bill = $106, Never Eating at Ciao Vito's again = priceless...

1
★☆☆☆☆

Reservations mean nothing at this place. The hostess seemed very inexperienced and just keeps batting her eyes as she said sorry over and over. We headed to the bar to wait to be seated. After dropping $30 on 2 rounds of drinks, the hostess finds us just over an HOUR after we made our reservation. She says sorry (again) and says that they want to buy us a drink. Of course we had just ordered one, the bartender looked at her like I am not refunding anything. Low and behold no free drink or mention of it ever again. We finally get to sit 1.5 hours after our reservation (in a bar table about 2 feet from the standing crowd who is also waiting). The wait staff is very mediocre. The food was bland and boring. I had been here about 2 years ago, my how times have changed. Reservation = 7:30, Entree served = 9:30, Total Bill = $106, Never Eating at Ciao Vito's again = priceless...

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If you have not tried Ciao Vito's happy hour, what are you waiting for? Monday through Wednesday they do happy hour until 8 pm. It's great for professionals like us who can't ever seem to leave work before 6. My boyfriend and I went for an early V-Day celebration last week and had a great experience. THe prices were great and the portions were generous. We had an appetizer, 2 "entrees", dessert, and 4 drinks for $50!! The beer selection is well rounded and the cocktails are strong. I'm not sure why people were complaining about the service because we were warmly welcomed by everyone there, even if we were "happy hour" customers. Sure the woman who served us water didn't overly charm us with wit and candor but she's just serving water for christsakes. You always have to take City Search reviews with a grain of salt. Ciao Vito is one of those small, dark, and romantic places, I personally don't want servers and bussers shoving their charm up my a-- all night. So if you want a truly satisfactory and inexpensive later happy hour definitely give Ciao Vito a try.

5
★★★★★

If you have not tried Ciao Vito's happy hour, what are you waiting for? Monday through Wednesday they do happy hour until 8 pm. It's great for professionals like us who can't ever seem to leave work before 6. My boyfriend and I went for an early V-Day celebration last week and had a great experience. THe prices were great and the portions were generous. We had an appetizer, 2 "entrees", dessert, and 4 drinks for $50!! The beer selection is well rounded and the cocktails are strong. I'm not sure why people were complaining about the service because we were warmly welcomed by everyone there, even if we were "happy hour" customers. Sure the woman who served us water didn't overly charm us with wit and candor but she's just serving water for christsakes. You always have to take City Search reviews with a grain of salt. Ciao Vito is one of those small, dark, and romantic places, I personally don't want servers and bussers shoving their charm up my a-- all night. So if you want a truly satisfactory and inexpensive later happy hour definitely give Ciao Vito a try.

Pros: happy hour that makes my tummy and wallet very happy

Cons: limited seating for happy hour customers

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This Alberta has become one of our favorite places for dinner out over the past couple of years. Last Saturday night sealed the deal for us. When we arrived for our 7:00 reservation we were told that our table wasn't quite ready yet. While we waited in the bar area our hostess approached us and "comped" the two glasses of wine that we were enjoying. A few minutes later, a complimentary basket of crispy calmari arrived for our munching pleasure. All of this was done with no prompting or complaining from us. We were ushered to our table just as we were finishing our appetizer, only 20 minutes after our original reservation. On a busy Saturday night, a slight wait might have been expected any way. Our meals were terrific, hanger steak and crab and pasta. Service was great, just the right amount of attentiveness. If you haven't tried this place because of it's slightly out of the way location, you should!

5
★★★★★

This Alberta has become one of our favorite places for dinner out over the past couple of years. Last Saturday night sealed the deal for us. When we arrived for our 7:00 reservation we were told that our table wasn't quite ready yet. While we waited in the bar area our hostess approached us and "comped" the two glasses of wine that we were enjoying. A few minutes later, a complimentary basket of crispy calmari arrived for our munching pleasure. All of this was done with no prompting or complaining from us. We were ushered to our table just as we were finishing our appetizer, only 20 minutes after our original reservation. On a busy Saturday night, a slight wait might have been expected any way. Our meals were terrific, hanger steak and crab and pasta. Service was great, just the right amount of attentiveness. If you haven't tried this place because of it's slightly out of the way location, you should!

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Ciao Vito is definately one of my FAVORITE places to go for a nice dinner out. I live no where near the location, but will make the drive out there when I'm feeling like really good food! The steak is the BEST!!!! And I never even liked brussel sprouts until I had them here, who knew they could be so good?!?! The food is amazing, wine amazing, and I don't really remember the service that well, but I don't go to restruants for service, I go for great food and some help getting it to me! I would absolutely recommend Ciao Vito for a great date night in a very impressive, low light, bustling restaurant. IT is amazing and very romantic!

5
★★★★★

Ciao Vito is definately one of my FAVORITE places to go for a nice dinner out. I live no where near the location, but will make the drive out there when I'm feeling like really good food! The steak is the BEST!!!! And I never even liked brussel sprouts until I had them here, who knew they could be so good?!?! The food is amazing, wine amazing, and I don't really remember the service that well, but I don't go to restruants for service, I go for great food and some help getting it to me! I would absolutely recommend Ciao Vito for a great date night in a very impressive, low light, bustling restaurant. IT is amazing and very romantic!

Pros: Low lighting, GREAT FOOD!!!!

Cons: Hmm, can't think of any!

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We always sit at the bar and we have a great time. Daisy is awesome! Sometimes it gets super busy and service can be delayed, but isn't this normal? Everyone is always really nice to us and we are always well taken care of. I love the razor clams and have a hard time not ordering them. This place may not know your socks off but it is definitely a good, solid neighborhood restaurant.

4
★★★★☆

We always sit at the bar and we have a great time. Daisy is awesome! Sometimes it gets super busy and service can be delayed, but isn't this normal? Everyone is always really nice to us and we are always well taken care of. I love the razor clams and have a hard time not ordering them. This place may not know your socks off but it is definitely a good, solid neighborhood restaurant.

Pros: Great place for a relaxed and tasty meal

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We have eaten there 9 times. The last three times we have had very awkward service and have only come back for the food. The receptionist is snobbish, inexperienced, and makes unprofessional decisions not to mention she treats you like you are a lower class citizen if you don't have reservations. We asked for a special table in the back next to the window and were told no because it was a 4 top and we only had two people. However, no one else sat there the time we were there. And then, the place she sat us we sat with no server for literally 10 minutes. The busser gave no eye contact and servers made no eye contact. 15 minutes later some one figured it out. The server asked the receptionist about us and she had been chatting with her friends and acted like it was an inconvenience that the waitress asked what was going on with us. She recovered.
Another time we went there with our own bottle of wine that they don't carry. She charged us a $20 corkage fee and never touched the bottle or our glasses after opening it. What were we paying for? The table next to us was getting wine every 5 minutes. This did not sit right with us.
The last experience it too horrible to write. We finally got the 4 person table by bringing more people which they made us feel bad about not having everyone there at once. We ordered wine, appetizers, three expensive meals, dessert, and drinks. Everything was going well until she told us she needed to turn the table. I was appalled and wanted to take back her $26 tip I just gave her. It will be very hard to go back. The have great food but horrible service. Too many other great placed to go to try it again.

1
★☆☆☆☆

We have eaten there 9 times. The last three times we have had very awkward service and have only come back for the food. The receptionist is snobbish, inexperienced, and makes unprofessional decisions not to mention she treats you like you are a lower class citizen if you don't have reservations. We asked for a special table in the back next to the window and were told no because it was a 4 top and we only had two people. However, no one else sat there the time we were there. And then, the place she sat us we sat with no server for literally 10 minutes. The busser gave no eye contact and servers made no eye contact. 15 minutes later some one figured it out. The server asked the receptionist about us and she had been chatting with her friends and acted like it was an inconvenience that the waitress asked what was going on with us. She recovered.
Another time we went there with our own bottle of wine that they don't carry. She charged us a $20 corkage fee and never touched the bottle or our glasses after opening it. What were we paying for? The table next to us was getting wine every 5 minutes. This did not sit right with us.
The last experience it too horrible to write. We finally got the 4 person table by bringing more people which they made us feel bad about not having everyone there at once. We ordered wine, appetizers, three expensive meals, dessert, and drinks. Everything was going well until she told us she needed to turn the table. I was appalled and wanted to take back her $26 tip I just gave her. It will be very hard to go back. The have great food but horrible service. Too many other great placed to go to try it again.

Pros: Food, ambiance

Cons: snobbish inconsistant service, rushed to turn your table, if you don't have reservations prepared to feel like a second class citized, they are not flexible or profressional.

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My partner and I eat out a lot, and enjoy that Portland has so many wonderful restaurants to choose from. Ciao Vito is not one of them, unfortunately. We are down to earth people who enjoy friendly service. It doesn't have to be perfect, but we feel that good service should be inviting, warm and friendly. The overwhelming majority of restaurants we visit offer exactly what we consider friendly service. From the very start at Ciao Vito we encountered a holier than thou kind of attitude... a server brought water and glasses to our table right away, but didn't even acknowledge our presence -- no hello, no smile, nothing. I made a point of saying "hello, how are you?" to try to help get her started and she barely answered back. Another server came to take our order, and she was a little bit friendlier, but only because she was being compared to the first server. She told us of the specials with no enthusiasm at all, then took our order. Server #1 came back and put down bread and oil, again saying absolutely nothing to us. Still yet another server brought my salad, a bland and boring butterleaf lettuce salad with oil and vinegar. A fourth server brought us our entrees. The entrees were no better than what we prepare at home, and we are not great cooks. Very disappointing. Before my partner could finish her meal (she hadn't even put her fork down), server #1 was attempting (without asking first) to take her dish away. We were never offered more water or a refill on beverages. After finishing our entrees, dessert menus were plopped down in front of us without explanation or presentation. After declining dessert, our bill was brought to us. Not once did we feel that anyone who worked at Ciao Vito cared whether or not we were enjoying ourselves. And the food wasn't nearly good enough to make up for the very unfriendly servers and atmosphere we encountered during our visit. We will not be visiting Ciao Vito again.

2
★★☆☆☆

My partner and I eat out a lot, and enjoy that Portland has so many wonderful restaurants to choose from. Ciao Vito is not one of them, unfortunately. We are down to earth people who enjoy friendly service. It doesn't have to be perfect, but we feel that good service should be inviting, warm and friendly. The overwhelming majority of restaurants we visit offer exactly what we consider friendly service. From the very start at Ciao Vito we encountered a holier than thou kind of attitude... a server brought water and glasses to our table right away, but didn't even acknowledge our presence -- no hello, no smile, nothing. I made a point of saying "hello, how are you?" to try to help get her started and she barely answered back. Another server came to take our order, and she was a little bit friendlier, but only because she was being compared to the first server. She told us of the specials with no enthusiasm at all, then took our order. Server #1 came back and put down bread and oil, again saying absolutely nothing to us. Still yet another server brought my salad, a bland and boring butterleaf lettuce salad with oil and vinegar. A fourth server brought us our entrees. The entrees were no better than what we prepare at home, and we are not great cooks. Very disappointing. Before my partner could finish her meal (she hadn't even put her fork down), server #1 was attempting (without asking first) to take her dish away. We were never offered more water or a refill on beverages. After finishing our entrees, dessert menus were plopped down in front of us without explanation or presentation. After declining dessert, our bill was brought to us. Not once did we feel that anyone who worked at Ciao Vito cared whether or not we were enjoying ourselves. And the food wasn't nearly good enough to make up for the very unfriendly servers and atmosphere we encountered during our visit. We will not be visiting Ciao Vito again.

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After reading on Citysearch about the great service, I was really surprised by our experience at Ciao Vito. Our server was cold and snippy, and the other folks working seemed no friendlier. I am VERY rarely disappointed with the service I get here in Portland, but the employees at Ciao Vito were mostly serious, snobby, and unfriendly. We brought a sleeping infant into the restaurant with us for dinner (on a Wednesday... it's not like it was Saturday night), and received the Stink Eye from more than one employee. This is the first time that's ever happened to us. Two of the entrees were good (the chicken and the pork chop) but the mushroom crepe was overly rich and pretty bland in taste. The gelato was great but the tiramisu was pretty awful. The decor is beautiful. For the price of the food, I probably won't return... The unfriendly vibe left a bad taste in my mouth.

4
★★★★☆

After reading on Citysearch about the great service, I was really surprised by our experience at Ciao Vito. Our server was cold and snippy, and the other folks working seemed no friendlier. I am VERY rarely disappointed with the service I get here in Portland, but the employees at Ciao Vito were mostly serious, snobby, and unfriendly. We brought a sleeping infant into the restaurant with us for dinner (on a Wednesday... it's not like it was Saturday night), and received the Stink Eye from more than one employee. This is the first time that's ever happened to us. Two of the entrees were good (the chicken and the pork chop) but the mushroom crepe was overly rich and pretty bland in taste. The gelato was great but the tiramisu was pretty awful. The decor is beautiful. For the price of the food, I probably won't return... The unfriendly vibe left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Ciao Vito is what Portlander's are looking for in an establishment. They "get" the service, food and beverage. The chef's creations are not lost in translation, thus, Italian themed with fresh, local ingredients. We adore hard to find Italian wines, and Ciao Vito has several of our favorites. We started with green salad and calamari. Both excellent! For our entrees, skirt steak with Gorgonzola, it was prepared perfectly and so delicious. My broccoli was over cooked for me, but it's a personal preference. My husband had the lamb, it was similar to a stew and oh so tasty. Dessert was very good, not too sweet. Would prefer the creme brulee without the crust, however. Make certain you have reservations. You may wait a few minutes for your table, but staff are very friendly and attentive. It can be a bit dark inside, which adds to the romantic atmosphere. Our only "complaint" would be the chairs on the side walls (tables for 2), they were reminiscent of college patio furniture and not comfortable for a long, romantic 4 course meal with wine. All and all it was perfect and we'll be back.

5
★★★★★

Ciao Vito is what Portlander's are looking for in an establishment. They "get" the service, food and beverage. The chef's creations are not lost in translation, thus, Italian themed with fresh, local ingredients. We adore hard to find Italian wines, and Ciao Vito has several of our favorites. We started with green salad and calamari. Both excellent! For our entrees, skirt steak with Gorgonzola, it was prepared perfectly and so delicious. My broccoli was over cooked for me, but it's a personal preference. My husband had the lamb, it was similar to a stew and oh so tasty. Dessert was very good, not too sweet. Would prefer the creme brulee without the crust, however. Make certain you have reservations. You may wait a few minutes for your table, but staff are very friendly and attentive. It can be a bit dark inside, which adds to the romantic atmosphere. Our only "complaint" would be the chairs on the side walls (tables for 2), they were reminiscent of college patio furniture and not comfortable for a long, romantic 4 course meal with wine. All and all it was perfect and we'll be back.

Pros: fresh local menu, wine list-superb, A+ service

Cons: crowded, could be larger, but may lose it's niche, chairs small and uncomfortable

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I think the atmosphere here is great (except for trying desperately to exit stage left through voluminous velvet curtains when attempting to enter and exit the bathroom); my 3 dinner mates had AWESOME dishes--succulent meat with fantastic sauces. I, however, made the huge mistake of ordering the pasta w/hamburger meat. I have never actually eaten Hamburger Helper, but I imagine that, if for some bizarre reason I were actually to purchase a box of that so-called food, it would taste just like the pasta I was served at Ciao Vito. I hereby invite Vito to my house to taste MY pasta: this Jewish gal can cook some Italian pasta way better than Vito, baby!

4
★★★★☆

I think the atmosphere here is great (except for trying desperately to exit stage left through voluminous velvet curtains when attempting to enter and exit the bathroom); my 3 dinner mates had AWESOME dishes--succulent meat with fantastic sauces. I, however, made the huge mistake of ordering the pasta w/hamburger meat. I have never actually eaten Hamburger Helper, but I imagine that, if for some bizarre reason I were actually to purchase a box of that so-called food, it would taste just like the pasta I was served at Ciao Vito. I hereby invite Vito to my house to taste MY pasta: this Jewish gal can cook some Italian pasta way better than Vito, baby!

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This place is a perfect example of what Portlanders want when dining out. The service is orchestrated like watching a corregraphed ballet with symphany. No one goes without, meaning if your server is busy, the others will take over. Very smooth! Now onto the food: wonderful!! It couldn't be better. It's truly PNW Italian with local flare. And the Italian chef makes no mistake to put his own stamp on each dish, which makes it truly special. We are still raving about the wine list. Very hard to find wines, which we haven't seen since Italy, truly well crafted to compliment every budget and meal. It can tend to get a bit loud, but you still feel it is romantic and sets a perfect back drop to a marvelous, fun evening. Chairs on the side walls need upgrading, as they are similar to outdoor chairs we had in college. Bravo Chef Vito!! We strongly recommend not to give this a miss.

5
★★★★★

This place is a perfect example of what Portlanders want when dining out. The service is orchestrated like watching a corregraphed ballet with symphany. No one goes without, meaning if your server is busy, the others will take over. Very smooth! Now onto the food: wonderful!! It couldn't be better. It's truly PNW Italian with local flare. And the Italian chef makes no mistake to put his own stamp on each dish, which makes it truly special. We are still raving about the wine list. Very hard to find wines, which we haven't seen since Italy, truly well crafted to compliment every budget and meal. It can tend to get a bit loud, but you still feel it is romantic and sets a perfect back drop to a marvelous, fun evening. Chairs on the side walls need upgrading, as they are similar to outdoor chairs we had in college. Bravo Chef Vito!! We strongly recommend not to give this a miss.

Pros: fresh local menu, wine list-superb, A+ service

Cons: crowded, could be larger, but may lose it's niche, chairs small and uncomfortable

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One of the best Italian restaurants in the Portland area. Food is delicious. Service is exceptional-one person is tasked to replace your silverware/plates when dirty, refill on drinks is automatically asked/filled, bread is put on the table as soon as its close to being finished etc etc. Decor is very trendy. Will definitely try again.

5
★★★★★

One of the best Italian restaurants in the Portland area. Food is delicious. Service is exceptional-one person is tasked to replace your silverware/plates when dirty, refill on drinks is automatically asked/filled, bread is put on the table as soon as its close to being finished etc etc. Decor is very trendy. Will definitely try again.

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We dined with another couple on a rainy Friday night, having made a reservation 30 mins in advance. We were seated immediately. Our server greeted us promptly and got us our drinks in short order. The calamari appetizer was wonderful - a large portion shared among 3 of us, cooked to perfection. We both ordered the halibut with roasted peppers, which was superb and a nice large portion to boot. Our friends had the eggplant parmigiana and the special, which was chicken & pork meatballs with penne pasta. Both enjoyed their entrees, but they gave the nod to the meatballs.

Our table was promptly cleared between courses, and we never had to wait a long time between them. Used cutlery was replaced promptly, water was refilled without asking. Overall the service was impeccable. And though other reviewers claimed that the desserts were unremarkable, we were all pleased with ours: rice pudding with saffron, pomegranate and cherry, flourless chocolate cake and cannolis. Overall, we spent more money than we anticipated, but none of us felt like we were shortchanged. It was a delightful dining experience.

5
★★★★★

We dined with another couple on a rainy Friday night, having made a reservation 30 mins in advance. We were seated immediately. Our server greeted us promptly and got us our drinks in short order. The calamari appetizer was wonderful - a large portion shared among 3 of us, cooked to perfection. We both ordered the halibut with roasted peppers, which was superb and a nice large portion to boot. Our friends had the eggplant parmigiana and the special, which was chicken & pork meatballs with penne pasta. Both enjoyed their entrees, but they gave the nod to the meatballs.

Our table was promptly cleared between courses, and we never had to wait a long time between them. Used cutlery was replaced promptly, water was refilled without asking. Overall the service was impeccable. And though other reviewers claimed that the desserts were unremarkable, we were all pleased with ours: rice pudding with saffron, pomegranate and cherry, flourless chocolate cake and cannolis. Overall, we spent more money than we anticipated, but none of us felt like we were shortchanged. It was a delightful dining experience.

Pros: Service, food.

Cons: A bit noisy. Lighting made it difficult for reading.

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We went to Vito's after a Last Thursday walk on Alberta..The food was great..I'm Italian and this is not "traditional" Italian food but it's definetely a new Italian/American contemporary cuisine worth trying..The polenta is great! If you like off-dry whites try their Vermentino..
Desserts are nothing special but not bad.

4
★★★★☆

We went to Vito's after a Last Thursday walk on Alberta..The food was great..I'm Italian and this is not "traditional" Italian food but it's definetely a new Italian/American contemporary cuisine worth trying..The polenta is great! If you like off-dry whites try their Vermentino..
Desserts are nothing special but not bad.

Pros: new cuisine, great wine

Cons: limited menu, poor selection for vegetarians

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My boyfriend and I ate here the other night and enjoyed the atmosphere. The server was friendly and the restaurant was not too crowded or loud. In fact, when we arrived, I was hoping that some more people would show up....
Let me first just say that I cannot believe that regulars of CV protest if there's no bolognese. How about some pasta with your meat? We were ready to go buy some hard shell tacos and make some taco leftovers. Also, there was hardly any tomato paste or product and there was a pool of water at the bottom. You couldn't pay me to order that again.
Appetizers were a little more promising, calamari was nicely fried and aioli was made well, not too eggy and well seasoned. I must say that the antipasti of the day was a little strange, didn't strike me as rustic Italian, CRISPY flatbread with spiced shrimp, mozzarella and pomegranite seeds. It wasn't bad but it just didn't seem to fit in.
My dessert of butterscotch po (citysearch won't let me add the extra to that word or else you know what you would spell!) de creme was good but needed more butterscotch flavor. My BF's huclkleberry crisp needed to be way sweeter, it was super tart and there was nothing to balance it. Also, too oaty, needed to be more old school crisp with basic cobbler topping. I would go back but I would be a little more careful what to order next time.

3
★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and I ate here the other night and enjoyed the atmosphere. The server was friendly and the restaurant was not too crowded or loud. In fact, when we arrived, I was hoping that some more people would show up....
Let me first just say that I cannot believe that regulars of CV protest if there's no bolognese. How about some pasta with your meat? We were ready to go buy some hard shell tacos and make some taco leftovers. Also, there was hardly any tomato paste or product and there was a pool of water at the bottom. You couldn't pay me to order that again.
Appetizers were a little more promising, calamari was nicely fried and aioli was made well, not too eggy and well seasoned. I must say that the antipasti of the day was a little strange, didn't strike me as rustic Italian, CRISPY flatbread with spiced shrimp, mozzarella and pomegranite seeds. It wasn't bad but it just didn't seem to fit in.
My dessert of butterscotch po (citysearch won't let me add the extra to that word or else you know what you would spell!) de creme was good but needed more butterscotch flavor. My BF's huclkleberry crisp needed to be way sweeter, it was super tart and there was nothing to balance it. Also, too oaty, needed to be more old school crisp with basic cobbler topping. I would go back but I would be a little more careful what to order next time.

Pros: atmosphere, service, coffee

Cons: bolognese, weird flavor combos, dessert a little off

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What a great treat! My girfriend and I went for dinner last night and had such a wonderful meal. I had heard about Ciao Vito but had no idea what a great find it is. I had the razor clams with a fabulous mixed salad and she had the crispy duck with creamy polenta. Ever bite brought smiles and yum, yum noises. The service was excellent, the chef even came out to say hello. I have already told several friends and can't wait to go back. Purely, simply wonderful.

5
★★★★★

What a great treat! My girfriend and I went for dinner last night and had such a wonderful meal. I had heard about Ciao Vito but had no idea what a great find it is. I had the razor clams with a fabulous mixed salad and she had the crispy duck with creamy polenta. Ever bite brought smiles and yum, yum noises. The service was excellent, the chef even came out to say hello. I have already told several friends and can't wait to go back. Purely, simply wonderful.

Pros: all the food is great

Cons: I can't eat like this everyday

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I am happy to report that I left a bad review for this restaurant in September soley because of the bad service, but I took my parents there two weeks ago and it was fabulous! Our server was very attentive without being over-solicitous. He was polite and engaging. I think the food is always fabulous. We had the calamari which is always good. We each had a different dish and raved about it. I think their steak is to die for, but I chose a chicken dish special and was very happy with it. I think their meat dishes are the best , but my mom had the pasta bolognese and loved it. Even the dessert (choclate and walnut cake and pear tart) was to die for! Yay! I am so happy to give it the highly recommended rating I wanted to some months ago. Go to Ciao Vito soon before the service staff changes!

5
★★★★★

I am happy to report that I left a bad review for this restaurant in September soley because of the bad service, but I took my parents there two weeks ago and it was fabulous! Our server was very attentive without being over-solicitous. He was polite and engaging. I think the food is always fabulous. We had the calamari which is always good. We each had a different dish and raved about it. I think their steak is to die for, but I chose a chicken dish special and was very happy with it. I think their meat dishes are the best , but my mom had the pasta bolognese and loved it. Even the dessert (choclate and walnut cake and pear tart) was to die for! Yay! I am so happy to give it the highly recommended rating I wanted to some months ago. Go to Ciao Vito soon before the service staff changes!

Pros: Yummy food, geat service

Cons: You sometimes have to wait even if you make a reservation and it can be loud there.

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Crowded, noisy and popular enough that even with a reservation you might have to wait almost an hour. This has happened to me twice with a party of four and a reservation made well in advance during the winter season. Still, the servers are some of the best around and the food is satisfying in every way. Delicious, fresh, robust flavor. I haven't tried the marinara that other reviewers have been unhappy with but I had a plate of steak frites that was day-dream worthy.

That table by the bathroom is a cruel joke on couples looking for a romantic dinner but if you can get a better seat (the bar is a great option even for two), this place has style to spare and the buzz in the room of good food and good conversation is bound to add some spark to your evening.

4
★★★★☆

Crowded, noisy and popular enough that even with a reservation you might have to wait almost an hour. This has happened to me twice with a party of four and a reservation made well in advance during the winter season. Still, the servers are some of the best around and the food is satisfying in every way. Delicious, fresh, robust flavor. I haven't tried the marinara that other reviewers have been unhappy with but I had a plate of steak frites that was day-dream worthy.

That table by the bathroom is a cruel joke on couples looking for a romantic dinner but if you can get a better seat (the bar is a great option even for two), this place has style to spare and the buzz in the room of good food and good conversation is bound to add some spark to your evening.

Pros: Bold flavors and great service

Cons: Everyone likes to linger so you'll often wait even with a reservation

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My dinner companion had the pork, which they enjoyed. However, I ordered the marinara. Folks, just go to the Olive Garden if yu're going to order this - better yet, just open a can of Chef Boyardee - it will taste the same and save you $14. Very bland and NOT worth the price. I will not be going back. The wait staff was fine..... I just can't get over the meal.

2
★★☆☆☆

My dinner companion had the pork, which they enjoyed. However, I ordered the marinara. Folks, just go to the Olive Garden if yu're going to order this - better yet, just open a can of Chef Boyardee - it will taste the same and save you $14. Very bland and NOT worth the price. I will not be going back. The wait staff was fine..... I just can't get over the meal.

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ciao vito is one of my favorite places. great service, great drinks, great food - what more could you want? the antipasti is wonderful, the spaghetti is simple and good, the atmosphere is warm & relaxing whether you're there for a fancy dinner or happy hour. highly recommended.

5
★★★★★

ciao vito is one of my favorite places. great service, great drinks, great food - what more could you want? the antipasti is wonderful, the spaghetti is simple and good, the atmosphere is warm & relaxing whether you're there for a fancy dinner or happy hour. highly recommended.

Pros: everything!

Cons: tables a little close together

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I love the loud open kitchen ambience. Very nice over the phone taking reservations. Very attentive staff. The food however was just okay. I had the crepellini- italian crepe with wild mushrooms and asparagus. I didn't taste any mushrooms- and it was very dry- no trace of the bechamel sauce promised. Perhaps it was overcooked- it steamed all through the meal. The steaks looked good- the Halibut with olive tapenade looked really good- but the broccoli side was infused with an olive flavor as well. The razor clams lacked interesting flavor- but were fine. The frittata on the antipasto plate was excellent. The spaghetti with marinara was just okay- kind of a boring choice- it didn't add any excitement- no cheese with it either.

3
★★★☆☆

I love the loud open kitchen ambience. Very nice over the phone taking reservations. Very attentive staff. The food however was just okay. I had the crepellini- italian crepe with wild mushrooms and asparagus. I didn't taste any mushrooms- and it was very dry- no trace of the bechamel sauce promised. Perhaps it was overcooked- it steamed all through the meal. The steaks looked good- the Halibut with olive tapenade looked really good- but the broccoli side was infused with an olive flavor as well. The razor clams lacked interesting flavor- but were fine. The frittata on the antipasto plate was excellent. The spaghetti with marinara was just okay- kind of a boring choice- it didn't add any excitement- no cheese with it either.

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I called to confirm a reservation for four of us an hour prior. They had no record of it and weren't able to suggest any other alternatives. The reservation was made one week prior with all the usual names, phone numbers, etc.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I called to confirm a reservation for four of us an hour prior. They had no record of it and weren't able to suggest any other alternatives. The reservation was made one week prior with all the usual names, phone numbers, etc.

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I was a little disappointed in the lack of pasta dishes on the menu. The spaghetti with marinara was not much better than I could make at home, but the nightly special (filet mignon with mashed potatoes) was great! The selection of wine was almost overwhelming (in a good way), but the server was very informative and offered a suggestion, their house red wine, which was excellent. The shades on the windows did not block the setting sun, which made conversation across the table awkward as I leaned to my right to get out of the sun. But, once the sun was down, it was great. The support staff to the server were very prompt with filling water glasses and replenishing bread supplies. All in all, I'd go back again.

4
★★★★☆

I was a little disappointed in the lack of pasta dishes on the menu. The spaghetti with marinara was not much better than I could make at home, but the nightly special (filet mignon with mashed potatoes) was great! The selection of wine was almost overwhelming (in a good way), but the server was very informative and offered a suggestion, their house red wine, which was excellent. The shades on the windows did not block the setting sun, which made conversation across the table awkward as I leaned to my right to get out of the sun. But, once the sun was down, it was great. The support staff to the server were very prompt with filling water glasses and replenishing bread supplies. All in all, I'd go back again.

Pros: Great service, Reasonable prices, Great wine selection

Cons: Not many pasta dishes

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When the razor clams arrived, the presentation was of little concern. They were absolutely delicious, perfectly cooked, obviously fresh and robust clams. Mashers with a hint of horseradish were great. Beets were good. We got parked in a corner right under the speaker and the Sinatra soundtrack was way too loud and distracting, but someone in the staff noticed and turned the volume down before folks requested so. Being stuck in a corner table near the restroom door certainly didn't create the best atmosphere for romantic dining, but I have to say the food was very well prepared and the service was prompt and attentive.

5
★★★★★

When the razor clams arrived, the presentation was of little concern. They were absolutely delicious, perfectly cooked, obviously fresh and robust clams. Mashers with a hint of horseradish were great. Beets were good. We got parked in a corner right under the speaker and the Sinatra soundtrack was way too loud and distracting, but someone in the staff noticed and turned the volume down before folks requested so. Being stuck in a corner table near the restroom door certainly didn't create the best atmosphere for romantic dining, but I have to say the food was very well prepared and the service was prompt and attentive.

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Softly lit with chandeliers and candles. We were excited to try it. The soft lighting made it nearly impossible to read the very small print on the menu and wine list. We tried to discuss the menu but could not hear each other over the din. The concrete floors, wood tables and chairs, and undraped windows, created a loud and unpleasant environment for dinner for two. The food was also disappointing in its presentation. An entree of razor clams delivered perfectly cooked and quite good razor clams, but the presentation of a pile of white mashed potatoes, next to a pile of red pickled beets, next to a pile of fried razor clams, was a visual disappointment. The crispy duck legs was also not very appealing as a plate composition in shades of beige and brown. The chantrelle/artichoke sauce had the potential to be much better than it was.

3
★★★☆☆

Softly lit with chandeliers and candles. We were excited to try it. The soft lighting made it nearly impossible to read the very small print on the menu and wine list. We tried to discuss the menu but could not hear each other over the din. The concrete floors, wood tables and chairs, and undraped windows, created a loud and unpleasant environment for dinner for two. The food was also disappointing in its presentation. An entree of razor clams delivered perfectly cooked and quite good razor clams, but the presentation of a pile of white mashed potatoes, next to a pile of red pickled beets, next to a pile of fried razor clams, was a visual disappointment. The crispy duck legs was also not very appealing as a plate composition in shades of beige and brown. The chantrelle/artichoke sauce had the potential to be much better than it was.

Pros: Good for loud group, Efficient Service

Cons: Loud, Poor presentation, Hard to read menu

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My sister and I tried Ciao Vito on our way home on a rainy Saturday night. We chose to sit at the bar, which serves the full menu, since we would have had a long wait without reservations. The bartender did a great job doubling as a waitress. We chose three appetizers, the antipasti, warm onion tart and butternut squash soup. All three choices were generously portioned and definitely worth savoring. The atmosphere was cozy and friendly and we never felt rushed to leave. The entire staff, although obviously busy, were polite and friendly. We'll definitely be back again with reservations to try the entrees.

As a side note, although I did mark this restaurant as "romantic" I personally wouldn't choose it on a night I was looking for the "our own world" feeling, the tables are bit close together for that.

5
★★★★★

My sister and I tried Ciao Vito on our way home on a rainy Saturday night. We chose to sit at the bar, which serves the full menu, since we would have had a long wait without reservations. The bartender did a great job doubling as a waitress. We chose three appetizers, the antipasti, warm onion tart and butternut squash soup. All three choices were generously portioned and definitely worth savoring. The atmosphere was cozy and friendly and we never felt rushed to leave. The entire staff, although obviously busy, were polite and friendly. We'll definitely be back again with reservations to try the entrees.

As a side note, although I did mark this restaurant as "romantic" I personally wouldn't choose it on a night I was looking for the "our own world" feeling, the tables are bit close together for that.

Pros: Warm atmosphere, Delicious food, Friendly staff

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Ciao Vito has shown that they are among the best restaurants in Portland.
Vito has take his culinary training and produced one of the best restaurants iin North Portland. He is a delight to be with, and you will have a great, friendly expetience with Ciao Vito. Trust Vito to provide you with a great meal, and ambiance.

5
★★★★★

Ciao Vito has shown that they are among the best restaurants in Portland.
Vito has take his culinary training and produced one of the best restaurants iin North Portland. He is a delight to be with, and you will have a great, friendly expetience with Ciao Vito. Trust Vito to provide you with a great meal, and ambiance.

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Outstanding food. Made room for us when there was no room. The service was great with full knowledge of menu. YUM YUM!

5
★★★★★

Outstanding food. Made room for us when there was no room. The service was great with full knowledge of menu. YUM YUM!

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After several visits it's obvious that this spot is on its way to being a great destination. Around its opening, the antipasti dish (delicious variety of vegetables, etc.) was so tasty it prompted a return visit. The second time was less memorable. I do appreciate the wine list and the informed servers...still, some of the pastas were average. For the neighborhood, however, this place shows what a small restaurant can do. I hope that they follow in the tradition of the best osterias and not the Portland norm. They have the potential.

3
★★★☆☆

After several visits it's obvious that this spot is on its way to being a great destination. Around its opening, the antipasti dish (delicious variety of vegetables, etc.) was so tasty it prompted a return visit. The second time was less memorable. I do appreciate the wine list and the informed servers...still, some of the pastas were average. For the neighborhood, however, this place shows what a small restaurant can do. I hope that they follow in the tradition of the best osterias and not the Portland norm. They have the potential.

Pros: Italian Wines, Great Chef, Composed Menu

Cons: Location, Inconsistency

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Once a greasy-spoon diner, this spot has been completely reincarnated as a chic neighborhood trattoria. Patrons pass the gleaming open kitchen and settle in at the airy bar, or head to the subdued dining room, lined with…

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