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Piazza Italia

1129 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97209-3062 (Pearl)
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Ranked #42 of 3,502 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Pearl
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184 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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  • Italian first
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English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Although the restaurant is small, the food and atmosphere are very welcoming. The food was excellent and authentic! The specials were fabulous! Live entertainment was great. Family friendly, too! I recommend reservations. Best of all the prices were reasonable, VERY reasonable!!

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

You know the kind of place I'm talking about. The little corner Italian restaurant with the old man who greets you on the sidewalk and goads you to come in. The place where there's a deli counter inside the restaurant that sells fresh salami and cheese. The place where an old Italian grandmother comes around and taps your shoulder to... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Our 2 adult children were in town for a visit...we all decided on Italian. My husband and I have been here many times, but not in the past year. Called at 5:00pm Saturday night for a reservation and of course none were available. They said, come on down we have outdoor seating and a few "walk-in tables". We arrived just... More

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Incline Village, Nevada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The smell and ambiance of this small neighborhood Italian restaurant will really make you feel like you're in Italy. The service was excellent...even too fast, the menu was small with numerous pastas--but basically pasta. We wish there was more to choose from, ie, chicken, fish, etc. The small cramped space added to the experience. A very nice wine list, great... More

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Medford, Oregon
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Recommended by friends. Made reservations a week before trip to Portland; only 830 pm seating available on a Saturday night. Arrived early, but the place was full and had to wait outside with a carafe of Sangiovese until the appointed hour. Small place, crowded seating, but great atmosphere, wonderful food and friendly, helpful service. Only regret was that, despite a... More

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Bellevue, WA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We discovered this place a few months ago, and now have visited each of the 3 times we have been back to Portland. It is very much like an Italian trattoria. Some of the specials have been things that we see very seldom outside of Italy (cuttlefish ink pasta), and the food has been consistently good. They also have a... More

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Vancouver, Washington
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

On New Year's Eve my Husband and I thankfully wandered into this restaurant. The staff is exceptional the food is the Best Italian food I have ever tasted. I will be back to this place for sure.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

My wife and I had a few hours before our train left Portland for Vancouver BC (definitely a trip worth taking, by the way), so we wandered over toe Piazza Italia, about 15 minutes from the station. We sat at a table on the sidewalk, which was great because it was Sunday, the area was quiet, but people were wandering... More

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Hayward, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

This restaurant was recommended to us. Family and sports bar with soft background music. We ordered house Sangiovese Chianti Homemade Minestrone Pappardelle al cinghiale - Homemade pappardelle pasta with slow cooked wild boar meat sauce soft like butter Dark chocolate and white mousse with raspberry sauce – smooth light and tangy Tiramisu I would recommend making an advance reservation. Well... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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283 reviews 283 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

This restaurant came highly recommended so we looked forward to good meal here. It was good but not great - a few tweaks and it could be awesome! Inspired: the atmosphere - cool soccer paraphernalia and matches on TV Atmosphere: like we were in Italy with the hustle and bustle Service: not fluid Food: OK Return: nope

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