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“sometimes great, sometimes a bust”
Review of Caffe Allora

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Caffe Allora
Ranked #1,501 of 4,430 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Pearl
Reviewed January 11, 2014

When things go right here, you love the place and vow to become a regular. But then there are nights when nothing works. Pastas are normally just perfect. The fish stew is reliably very good. Some salads are better than others and can be overdressed. They don't do meat well here but the fish special is often very tasty. One wishes they would use a better quality cheese. The wine list is good and the prices fair. Allora feels like the real thing, very italian, and that is its greatest asset and its greatest liability.

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Thank Jonny K
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

I used to go here frequently, enjoying the ambience and the food, though with increasing snse that customers don't really matter here. Today is my last visit. The service was at best haphazard...with interminable wait between my caprese and bowl of soup. And I was charged $2.00 for a tiny serving of bread. The attitude that seems to permeate this establishment is "so, what?" This is not the first time I have had substandard sevice at Caffe Allora. But it will be the last.

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Thank pegsdaughter
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Some secrets are just too good to keep. Imagine a warm, friendly trattoria where as soon as you sit down you become a regular. Caffe Allora, or as some call it “Paolo’s Place” (after the exuberant chef-owner and host), in the Pearl District of food- crazy Portland is that place. Some people want fancy; Allora is simplicity at its best. At the first bite, you know the food is incredibly fresh. At the second bite, you slip into a haze of comfortable delight in the easy flavors of the best “home cooked” pasta dishes this side of Italia. Located on an anonymous stretch of 9th Avenue, the signage is discreet, and the street can sometimes feel like a truck route into Milan with the post office traffic rumbling by. Other times with the new moon rising above the trees and a refreshing spritz in hand, the sidewalk tables invite you to fall in love with your companion all over again. And during the quadrennial World Cup matches, everyone becomes a raving fan with standing room only. No matter what, the table is yours for a lifetime, which is good as you won’t want to leave. Recent specials have included amazing ricotta gnocchi. But don’t ever miss the Dungeness crab salad when it’s on offer; and for a just plain comfort fix, go for the spaghetti amatriciana. Traditional desserts are on the menu, but the gelato is special—usually imported but often from a local Italian born purveyor. Boun appetito!

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Thank EdgarCosset
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

We had a lovely meal at Cafe Allora. The owner was a riot. From the moment we arrived, we felt like we had stumbled upon the perfect local dining spot in Italy. We had two good friends recommend Cafe Allora in recent months. Finally, we had a night out and Paolo offered the perfect mix between rustic italian and fresh northwest cuisine. Our meal consisted of a spicy gazpacho with crab and avocado garnish, tasty tasty ceviche, two wonderful pasta dishes, and a lemon pasty dessert that truly sealed the deal. Paolo made sure our wine (and digestif) paired perfectly with the dish in hand. Can't wait to go back!

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Thank GusClara
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Very nice people end very good italian food!Paolo the owner and the chef Edmundo from Rome is very nice people and they meke very good food!the service is also good!!

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Thank INTERNAZIONALE6226
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