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Best Italian Restaurants in Downtown

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A photo of Dolly Olive restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(87)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Northwest Portland
Booked 38 times today
Located in the heart of Downtown Portland, OR on the bustling corner of SW Alder & SW 12th, Dolly Olive centers around Southern Mediterranean ingredients and flavors, with an emphasis on an in house bakery program, fresh made pastas, and Italian aperitifs. Dolly Olive sports an inviting atmosphere featuring soft leather banquettes, warm wood accents, and custom patterned tiles. We're currently serving brunch & dinner daily with a midday aperitivo hour. Whether you're stopping in for a pre-show dinner, celebrating a special event in your life, or just popping in for a quick bite at Dolly Olive you can expect an excellent experience, start to finish.
A photo of Mama Mia Trattoria restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(1743)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Downtown
Booked 20 times today
Mama Mia Trattoria, located in Portland, is highly praised for its contemporary Italian cuisine. Patrons rave about the "old school" Italian food on offer, celebrating the variety and authenticity of the dishes. It's a favorite among locals and visitors alike, often visited for special occasions like birthday and anniversary dinners. The restaurant stands out for its excellent service and delightful dishes, with the carbonara, chicken parmesan, and eggplant parmesan receiving special mentions. The complimentary focaccia bread and house-made desserts also add to the experience. Despite its location in a less than ideal neighborhood, the outstanding food and atmosphere make Mama Mia Trattoria a must-visit for lovers of Italian cuisine.
A photo of Bar Dolly restaurant
5.0
Exceptional(0)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Downtown
Booked 7 times today
Bar Dolly, a new wine and cocktail destination from the Sesame Collective Restaurant Group, serves as a companion bar to next door sister southern Italian restaurant Dolly Olive. Bar Dolly offers anextensive collection of Mediterranean wines, and regional dishes. The spritz menu includes Italian classics like Aperol spritzes and Bicicletas and the house Negroni is an instant classic, poured tableside. Bar Dolly shares a kitchen with Dolly Olive, which centers around Southern Mediterranean ingredients and flavors, with an emphasis on an in house bakery program, fresh made pastas and other dishes that are treated simply and presented elegantly. Chef Casey Brigan and Sesame Collective Culinary Director Natalie Gullish have developed a menu of featured Dolly Olive favorites, as well as a few more snack-forward options like salami and cheese boards.
A photo of Nostrana restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(5426)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Southeast Portland
Booked 64 times today
Nostrana, a well-loved restaurant in Portland, boasts an impeccable reputation for its outstanding Italian cuisine. Reviewers consistently rave about the divine food, authentic Italian experience, and excellent service. Customers highlight the tender octopus and the superb pizzas, all bursting with classic Italian flavors. The restaurant's fusion of traditional Italian fare with Northwest ingredients is highly appreciated, and dishes such as the goat cheese pappardelle and radicchio salad are cited as sublime. The beverage offerings are also highly praised, from the cocktails to the strong wine list. Its warm, hospitable environment and high-quality food lead many customers to deem Nostrana the best Italian food spot in the area, providing a fantastic dining experience time and time again.
A photo of Barba Mingo restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(1350)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Northwest Portland
Booked 15 times today
Barba Mingo in Portland is highly praised for its exceptional Italian cuisine. For over 15 years, visitors have delighted in the warm ambiance, personable staff, and superb food and wine selection. The restaurant consistently provides excellent and familiar Italian fare, with a unique twist that sets it apart. Reviewers mention daily specials and outstanding Italian dishes like lasagna and gnocchi, served at reasonable prices in a cozy, unpretentious setting. Excellent service delivered by the professional staff heightens the dining experience, making Barba Mingo a popular choice for special occasions and regular visits. A solid favorite, Barba Mingo offers an authentic taste of Italy in the heart of Portland.
A photo of Piattino restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(474)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Pearl District
Booked 8 times today
Piattino is highly praised for its authentic and excellent Italian cuisine. According to customers, the restaurant stands out in Portland with its warm and welcoming atmosphere, along with consistently high-quality food and service. Reviewers applaud dishes such as Lamb Pepperdell, pasta, polenta pie, and pizzas, labeling them as delicious and indicative of true Italian fare. One reviewer compared Piattino's cozy environment to a neighborhood bistro in Paris or New York City. The staff's flexibility in catering to specific dietary needs is also applauded. With unique and tasty dishes, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, Piattino is heralded as a go-to choice for Italian cuisine.
A photo of Serratto restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(2400)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Pearl District
Booked 26 times today
Serratto is a delightful Italian restaurant recognized for its exceptional food, wine, and service, garnering rave reviews. Located in Portland, Oregon, the restaurant is praised for its warm ambiance, attentive staff, and authentic Italian cuisine, confirmed by a customer who has lived in Rome. From the desirable rigatoni and the best lemon drops in town to a unique twist on traditional Italian dishes, Serratto offers a superb dining experience. Patrons commend the fine Italian wine selection, and laud the restaurant as one of the best places to eat in Portland. With its consistent high-quality food and service, it is no wonder Serratto is a favorite among locals.
A photo of The Star Portland restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(287)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Pearl District
Booked 6 times today
The Star Portland is highly reputed for its excellent Pizzeria cuisine. Customers often echo its praise, attesting to the quality and authenticity of its deep dish pizza. The pizza crust stands out for its perfect balance, neither too dense nor too light, and the dishes have been described as a "midwest pie" experience. Customers have labeled it an "outstanding" addition to the pizza scene in Portland. Besides pizza, its salads and appetizers are equally commendable. The service and atmosphere are also part of what makes the dining experience great. Whether you're a local or an out-of-towner, The Star Portland leaves a memorable impression.
A photo of Caffe Mingo restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(284)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Northwest Portland
Booked 10 times today
Caffe Mingo located in Portland stands out for its authentic Italian cuisine, described by patrons as 'consistently amazing' and 'top-notch'. This family-friendly eatery, recognized for accommodating to the needs of young diners, also offers a unique 'family-style feast' where the server selects a variety of dishes for the table to share. With offerings ranging from delicious chicken ragu caccitore to creamy panna cotta for dessert, their menu boasts an array of Italian classics. Guests also appreciated the restaurant's 'knowledgeable' staff, 'friendly service', and 'cozy atmosphere', while also acknowledging the restaurant's impressive wine selection and top-notch food recommendations. Despite being a smaller venue with the occasional noise level, Caffe Mingo is considered one of the 'Top 5 Italian restaurants in Portland' by various customers. Its reputation for authenticity and consistent quality makes it a favorite among locals and tourists alike.
A photo of Il Terrazzo restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(713)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Southwest Portland
Booked 7 times today
Il Terrazzo is a much-loved Italian restaurant in the competitive Portland dining scene, boasting a prime waterfront location. The restaurant consistently receives rave reviews, notably for its excellent and authentic Italian food, friendly professional service, and beautiful venue that offers spectacular river views. Diners have particularly praised the restaurant's knowledgeable staff, wonderful wine selection, and the freshness of the ingredients. Not only is the food outstanding, but the ambiance also contributes to a unique dining experience. The combination of delicious cuisine, warm and attentive service, and stunning surroundings continues to see Il Terrazzo recognized as one of the best Italian restaurants in Portland.
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