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“Suffering from an identity crisis”
Review of Iorio Restaurant

Iorio Restaurant
Ranked #634 of 4,385 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $6 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 10th & Hawthorne
Reviewed April 12, 2014

So we were having one of those nights where we couldn't decide on a place to eat. We decided to just troll around inner SE and land somewhere. The place ended up being Iorio. From the outside it looked promising. A quick search online yielded positive reviews. Prices listed on the window looked reasonable, so in we went. The hostess asked if we had a reservation, and since we didn't, said we would have to sit at the bar. We were fine with that, but once we were shown inside we realized the restaurant was half-empty. And several tables remained empty throughout our meal. Not only that, the bar looked like it was a homemade project. It was about five feet long and looked right in on the side of a ramshackle server station. The whole dinner we were disrupted by waiters keying orders into the computer. Looking around, the restaurant has no atmosphere aside from red walls. They even have dark gothic curtains over the windows so you cannot see out. Part of their decor around the room is trucker hats that read "I heart Iorio." The artwork is all po-mo paintings of farms. I can't get a sense of what they were going for.

Our waiter, who may have been the manager, was pleasant at first, but quickly grew disinterested after we opted for single glasses of wine rather than a whole bottle. I ordered the eggplant parmesan, which came in a rich, spicy marinara. It was probably the highlight of the experience. The lady had the risotto on special, which featured an abundance of fresh vegetables but otherwise had little
character. After the entree we elected to have a second
glass of wine. I had, without a doubt, the worst glass of primitivo on earth. It tasted like cough syrup, like it wasn't from a fresh bottle. While we sat and had our wine the restaurant quickly cleared out (at about 9:30 on a Friday night). Our waiter dismissed a couple of waitresses to go home right in front of us and then cold-shouldered us as though we were no longer welcome. When we left he barely said goodbye, and only after I believe he
heard me complaining.

For $80 it was a miserable evening. There is much better Italian in Portland. Stay away from this place.

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Thank Matt G
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Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

This Italian restaurant was absolutely amazing. The gnocchi was like "pillows of heaven", the pasta dishes were unbelievable... And we had the family dessert plate. OMG. You have to try it to believe it!

1  Thank Kmbayer
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

The flavor and presentation of our food was excellent. The meals are cooked to order and they can accommodate gluten free or vegetarian or any other food preferences. We had the ravioli of the day, butternut squash that was about the best I have ever eaten. We also ordered the catch of the day, halibut. The fish was perfectly prepared, seared on the outside to a little bit crispy and moist and tender inside. The ambiance is very nice and the wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Definitely worth the price.

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Thank Dawn F
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Delicious Italian food, emphasis on homemade with attention to detail. We had the tomato bisque, 2 salads, ravioli and an apple dessert which were all the same high caliber. Loved the deep red on the walls and artwork as well as the quiet, relaxing music.
The service could be improved as had emphasis on quickly describing the creations. When we mentioned we almost had a disaster with the Parmesan cheese (the coarse salt was in a dish with a spoon and in candlelight looked like cheese) we were brusquely told it was salt. No concern shown for the effect on our food.
So enjoy the wonderful food and ambience and beware the salt!

2  Thank Sarrbarr
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Great Italian diner that is certain to please. Second time here and we found our favorites to be consistent and were pleased with the new choices. The Cheese plate is much more than that, with bread toasts, fresh fruit, preserves, spreads, and pickled items. Add the focaccia with butternut squash spread and you have more than enough appetizers for 4 people.

With fresh pasta and handmade gnocchi you know they care about the food they are presenting. Portions are generous yet artfully plated. You can expect to find a few classics along with seasonal or unique entrees here.

Definitely a departure from the typical diner, without being too eclectic or trendy.

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1  Thank BlueC0llar
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