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Inspired by the farms, vineyards and waters of the Pacific Northwest, we at Pastini are dedicated to serving up two of life’s greatest pleasures… pasta and wine. We love how a steaming bowl of pasta warms your hands as well as your spirits. We love the sound a cork makes when it nudges away from the bottle. Using responsibly sourced ingredients, we craft craveable dishes with a local sensibility that is true to our roots. Our thoughtfully curated wine list celebrates both stellar Northwest wineries, and small family-owned vineyards in Italy. With every meal, we aim to bring our guests together to share made-from-scratch meals that are seasoned with laughter and great wine.
Polite, quality service. Clean and warm. Bolgnese Pasta prepared al dente', ant not smothered with sauce. Just like Italy.Special bruschetta, complete with enormous slices of grilled bread with tapenade and tomato, very, very good. Appetizer of scampi is clean and buttery.
I had a free entry coupon, so I decided to try this place again, my prior experience was at best mediocre. WHAT A DIFFERENCE.'
The waitress said all my choices were good, so I decided on the Mac&Cheese, and now I have a place to...get that dish since Jake's Grill stopped offering it. A bit more liquid than I like, but great sharp taste,(I did not get bread crumbs). The garlic bread was perfect too. They made me fresh coffee and gave me a refill in a large cup.
Everyone seemed friendly and happy.More
We were at the hotel across the street and pasta sounded good so we tried it out on a busy Friday. We got seated quickly and got started with an antipasto platter that was very good. I kept it simple with spicy sausage spaghetti that...I enjoyed quite a lot. My wife was not as happy with the linguini pesto pollo, which could have been really good with better seasoned chicken. She felt it was a bit bland for a dish featuring pesto. Overall, though, it was good, but not great. The concierge at our hotel said that people used to complain about the place, but reports were getting better in the recent past.More
Ate here while visiting family. We were able to get a table quickly without making a reservation. Food was fresh and no one disliked their order. It was crowded when we were there but we never felt rushed to eat and the waiter was outstanding....He displayed the correct balance of attentiveness and we all really appreciated that trait. Definitely the spot to go if you are craving Italian food in Portland. Prices were fair and I really like the side option of various olives to sample.More
Cute little restaurant. Probably one of the best Italian meals I have had in a long time. I’m gluten free and their gluten free pasta was excellent. My friends pasta was also excellent and their lasagne was awesome. Tiramisu was one of the best. Got...to go and try it all.More
Fourth or fifth meal at Pastini’s. All were exceptional. Pasta was cooked well, meatballs were tasty and sauces were perfect. Gluten free options available.
Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Will return every time I visit Portland.
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I would definitely NOT reserve a large party at Pastini's. Their restaurant is loud and the ambiance not that great at that location (nor most of the other Pastini's locations). The service we encountered there was also not... More
I would definitely NOT reserve a large party at Pastini's. Their restaurant is loud and the ambiance not that great at that location (nor most of the other Pastini's locations). The service we encountered there was also not that friendly. Seems they want to get you in and get you out. If you're looking for really good Italian food in the downtown area...the absolute best one, hands down,is Serratto's on NW 21st Avenue and Kearney. They can easily accommodate large parties and the ambiance is amazing! The food is far superior to Pastini's and the service has almost always been good (one time on NYE it wasn't up to par but on our next visit it was great). The prices are very comparable but the big difference is the quality of the dishes offered. Everything is delicious. If you're there at Happy Hour the Painted Hills Burger is the best in Portland! And their pizza del giorno is incredibly good as well. Their spaghetti pork & lamb bolognese is also a HH must have. And if you're just wanting soup and salad you have to try their French onion soup. Oh my gosh it's so good. Incredible HH food all priced between $8-$11. For dinner on the regular menu we always get the lamb osso buco. But their ravioli and rigatoni are very tasty as well. And if, by chance, someone in your party wants something besides Italian, there are a lot of other choices, too. Their Draper Valley roast chicken is one of the best in Portland! And the scallops or salmon are also very tasty. Each entree is between $14 to $30 on average but with the far superior dishes and 10x better ambiance then Pastini's this is the place for your large group! Serratto's even has 2 private rooms in the upstairs area with french doors to separate your large party from the rest of the diners (if you're looking for a more intimate setting). In my opinion being a Portland local and having dined at about every place in downtown and the local area I'd never try and book a large party at Pastini's. My advice is go to Serratto's! If you're trying to make a good impression with your family and friends they're definitely the restaurant that will achieve that!
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