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“Extremely pleased, and looking forward to eating my way through the menu” 5 of 5 stars
Review of A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca
7742 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202 (Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League)
+1 503-206-3291
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Ranked #88 of 3,372 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
Cross street: SE Lambert St.
Transit: Several on 13th Street
Description: A Cena is Italian for come to supper. This is exactly what we are inviting you to do at A Cena Ristorante located right here in Portland. When you come to A Cena, you will instantly be transported to a small villa in Italy. We are committed to providing our guests with an experience that will not be quickly forgotten. At a Cena, we share a love for simply cooked meals enjoyed with friends and family. All of our dishes are made with fresh ingredients from local Portland area farmers. We also hand make all of our pastas and cured meats, and daily prepared breads. A Cena offers a robust, well-matched wine list for every meal along with a seasoned and personable staff. All of these elements combined allows us to offer our guests at a Cena a fine-dining experience with the comfort and warmth of an Italian country kitchen.
Portland, Oregon
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“Extremely pleased, and looking forward to eating my way through the menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This restaurant had been off my radar, although my wife and I used to eat at the place that was previously in this spot. I regret this - we have missed years of excellent dining! Luckily, we finally wised up, and tried A Cena last week. I'm happy to report it was fantastic, start to finish.

We got a friendly welcome when we walked in the door, and were immediately taken to our table (yes, Virginia - reservations are a good idea). Decor is cozy, tables are a little small & close together, but we're not unused to that. Service was attentive without being cloying, and waiter was very knowledgeable about the food; for wine questions, he went and asked the bar, which is good - he wasn't too proud to admit he didn't have all the answers, AND the advice we got was spot on.

Food was delicious - started with the baked Scamorza cheese, shared between two people. A gooey cheesefest! Smokey flavor of the melted cheese combined with crispy toasted ciabatta was a delight. Entrées were Pappardelle with duck confit and Tagliatelli with wild boar bolognaise -- impossible to say which was better. One note - as mentioned by other reviewers, portions are large - we could have easily shared one of these plates. Pasta dishes are offered in half sizes, which you might consider if you want to have dessert; we didn't, and we couldn't!

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Portland, Oregon
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“A Great Italian Restaurant in SE Portland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We went to this restaurant for an early Friday evening dinner and it is a good thing because the place filled up fast. Much has been said about this restaurant in previous reviews and I have to agree, this is one of the premier Italian restaurants in Portland, OR. There are numerous Italian restaurant in Portland that try real hard but don't quite measure up. A Cena exceeds both in atmosphere, quality and service. If you are looking for a “true” Italian dinner place, you won't go wrong here.

  • Visited October 2012
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“Great Italian and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This was a great dining experience. Service outstanding! The food was also very good. My only disappointment was in the portion sizes. We shared a salad and app then each ordered our own dinner portion of pasta. Each plate could have easily feed 2 or 3- very large and rich. I wish the server would have told us this and we would have been happy with the smaller size. The pastas come in 2 sizes. Anyway, that is something we will keep in mind when we go back. We will be back for sure! Some of the best service in Portland and excellent Italian food. Not a place to bring small children by the way.

  • Visited November 2012
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“The best meal I had all year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The atmosphere was wonderful. The owner/host and his wife are friendly and welcoming. The chef is amazing. The food was all expertly matched with the wine. The sweet corn ravioli was my favorite dish. The service was outstanding. What more can I say, this place is fantastico!

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“The Whole Package for Dinner Out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We arrived to a busy place on a Saturday night but got in in no time. The staff was extremely courteous, friendly and intuitive. Bringing courses promptly and keeping wine and beverages filled. I had the lobster pasta dish they are noted for and it WAS more than notable. Extraordinary actually. Pastas are freshly made in house and the whole evening for two was under $100 tip and all. My husband had the wild boar tagliatelle, which was also amazing. Had to mark down one star for food ONLY because the calamari was a but salty. Otherwise, it was perfection. This is a Portland gem nestled nicely in Sellwood.

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