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Piazza Italia

1129 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97209-3062 (Pearl)
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Ranked #29 of 3,552 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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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English first
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

In the Pearl district, a small eatery that reminded us a restaurant in Tuscany. We ate outside, the menu, wines and waiters are all Italian. We had the linguini with clam sauce and paparadelle (sp?) with boar meat sauce. Delicious, nice portions and didn't think it was outrageously expensive($81 with 2 glasses of wine each,salad and minestrone. We went early... More

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Top Contributor
176 reviews 176 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We walked by this small eatery and the dishes being served al fresco looked wonderful, so we came back the next evening and got in the line that began forming 15 minutes before they opened. Our pasta dinners were good, but a lot less tasty than they looked - kind of on the bland side. The hostess was a little... More

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Monza, Italy
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This restaurant is run by first generation Italians, with a number from Rome. It's very authentic although they do not always use ingredients imported from Italy - far too expensive, which is understandable. Anyway, we were quite impressed with the quality of the bread and even brought some home. We enjoyed the abundant plate of salumi/formaggi & olives; the minestrone... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were looking for Italian on our recent trip to Portland and didn't like the look of the places recommended by the concierge at our hotel. Instead, we found this place on TripAdvisor and made the trip to the Pearl. There was a bit of a wait, but boy was it worth it. The food was outstanding with a diversity... More

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Portland, Oregon
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A group of us went to the Piazza Italia for a birthday celebration and we were so disappointed. The pasta with clams had no taste at all. Our table was not ready when we got there so we had to wait in a very cramped spot. We won't be going back.

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Enumclaw, Washington
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We make a point of eating at Piazza Italia whenever we visit Portland. We are never disappointed in the quality, balance and portion size of our order. We love to sit outside when available- it feels so like being in Italy.

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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Piazza Italia is my favorite Italian restaurant in town. We have visited several times over the years and it never disappoints. The food is excellent, served in properly sized portions and reasonably priced. I absolutely love their Pappardelle al cinghiale and their lasagna. The service is always friendly and welcoming. Very recommended!

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Falls Church, Virginia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

My son and I visited, he lives here and had been here a couple of times. It's a great little Italian place in the Pearl District with authentic food from a number of regions. I had a arugula, Parmesan and brasaola salad and the scampi. Both were outstanding, the salad was generous and a perfect balance of meat, cheese and... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We frankly went because it was Italian near the hotel (Embassy Suites) and it was absolutely wonderful. We went back the second night--the only place we went to twice in 12 days of a West Coast tour, and I think the very best place we ate. We were in San Fran, Vancouver, Seattle--you get the picture. Go.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

On our first visit to Portland, members of our family took us to Piazza Italia, an absolutely excellent choice. Located in The Pearl in downtown Portand, it offers a variety of Italian dishes from spaghetti specials to an elaborate linguine and clam dish. Wine choices are plentiful. I enjoyed an absolutely excellent rigatoni with meat sauce, others in our party... More

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