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“Crowded Italian Restaurant Still Serves Up a Great Meal”
Review of Piazza Italia

Piazza Italia
Ranked #81 of 4,473 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Pearl
Reviewed 17 August 2014

We arrived at a packed Piazza Italia a little after seven on a weeknight without a reservation. All of the outside tables were taken, but we were able to be seated immediately at a table right by the bar, so close in fact that I was looking over my shoulder constantly when waiters came for drinks in fear that one would inevitably find itself spilling on me. That didn't happen, but a wayward falling spoon did strike me a glancing blow. That said, I would still take the table again rather than wait to get seated, although some would not.

I think the relatively crowded table set-up makes Piazza Italia a less than perfect romantic dinner spot, but if you're not planning to propose and you just want a fun place to spend some time together, enjoy the buzz of a lively crowd and eat some really good Italian food, this is a good bet. In effect, if you're inside it's an Italian sports bar/restaurant with a soccer jersey theme and big screen televisions.

The food was really good. We started by sharing the Bruschetta Monferrina, which had a delicious mushroom, pancetta and cheese topping. One serving (six pieces) is more than enough for two people about to order main dishes. Somewhat strangely for an Italian restaurant, Spaghetti and Meatballs was the daily special, so I had it and it was very nice if not spectacular. My wife ordered the Pappardelle al Cinghiale (wild boar meat sauce) and was absolutely delighted. Her serving was huge and she couldn't finish it, but that's what I'm there for. When we return to Piazza Italia, I will order this dish.

We ordered a carafe of the house red, which was a Sangiovese and we enjoyed it too. The dessert menu looked tempting, but we were both completely full.

This felt like one of those dependable restaurants that people return to again and again. It delivers unpretentious good value and great food.

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Thank flynn78
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

My family recently visited Oregon and ate at this restaurant as a walk in. It was so good that we went again at the end of our trip. We live in the NYC metropolitan area which has a lot of great Italian restaurants. We loved this one so much that I was compelled to write.

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

The food is really good and the prices are hard to beat. Our waiter did a great job and the people watching on the tables outside was quite something

I took a client here and we were both impressed with how effortlessly the staff performed. The food service is not fast but definitely worth the wait..

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Thank Ian B
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

I was here with a group of 10 people in July. Wonderful and helpful service. Menu selections from comfort Italian done right with fresh ingredients to gourmet specials that showcase the creativity and blend of flavors of the chef. It's a small spot with an atmosphere that can serve a romantic dinner for two as easily as a group of 10. Don't miss the ceiling decorations.

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Thank SoCalGolf
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Setting is that of a not-so-typical Italian trattoria. The restaurant had a certain charm to it. The food was excellent and the prices were quite reasonable. These factors contributed to a very pleasant dining experience.

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Thank greg p
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