There are three things I don’t joke around with: food, money and, my hair. Portland, OR has so many wonderful food options that literally it’s hard to choose just one place. Two weeks ago some girlfriends and I tried to go to Piazza Italia we did three things wrong:
- We didn’t make a reservation
- We went on a Thursday night
- We went really really hungry
To say the place was packed was an understatement. We tried to make a reservation but they stated they were full for the night so we went over to get on the list and it was a two hour wait… When I’m already hungry there is no such thing as waiting. The most I was willing to wait was 30min so we had Thai food instead (that’s the great thing about Portland)
This weekend I finally got my chance we went over for lunch and I must say I was not disappointed. We each ordered something different and I got to eat my food plus a fork full of each of theirs. When you go for lunch be aware the menu is smaller meaning no bruschetta meaning I’ll have to go back poor me… lol
Lets talk décor! Obvi… This restaurant is part open style kitchen, part Italian deli, and part sports bar? They have soccer shirts hanging up everywhere mounted to the ceilings and a few flat screen T.V.’s. It looks great as it brings down the ceiling height and makes you feel like you at Uncle Vinnies eating in the kitchen (excuse that stereotypical comment but, its needed) They had an amazing wine installation shaped to look like the rim of a wine crate with bottles mounted along the front. Walking in you feel like you are about to experience something tried and true.
Insalata Caprese – Slices of fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, fresh basil, pepper and extra virgin olive oil
Lasagna – Baked pasta with meat and béchamel filling
Linguine Squarciarella (Gino’s favorite) – Linguine pasta with stirred egg, prosciutto, onion, parmesan, and black pepper
Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino – Spaghetti pasta with garlic, olive oil, and red peper flakes
Bucatini all’Amatriciana – Bucatini pasta with pancetta, onion, pecorino, red wine and tomato reduction sauce
Our meals were all served with fresh, crusty, italian bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Looking for some yummy Italian food and very affordable?? (About 12 on average) Give Piazza Italia a try but don’t forget to make a reservation! Where did you go out to eat this week? Keep an eye out as eating these meals that someone else made was wonderful but, I will have to duplicate quaintrelle style of course!