10 Best and Most Delicious Italian Restaurants in and around Portland, Oregon

Meagan Shamy

By , Local Expert, Portland
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There's a reason Portland has grown into a culinary destination not to be missed and a big part of that reason is the multitude and diversity of the Italian restaurants it has to offer. Whether it's northern Italy cuisine you crave, just pizza, or the fare of southern Italy there's a restaurant in Portland that will go above and beyond in fullfilling your desire. Here in Portland you will find some of the freshest, healthiest Italian cuisine in the Pacific Northwest. Almost every restaurant on our list embraces Portland values by serving organic and free range food from local farmers. We've diligently scouted out the top...  Read more »

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    Piazza Italia

    Most consider this restaurant to be the best Italian restaurant in Portland and it's in the Pearl.

    Local Expert Tip: "It's a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time and kids are always welcome. "

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    This is a fantastic place to have a romantic date. This is especially so, because they have a no cell phones please rule.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make a reservation if possible. It's a small place and fills up quickly. "

  • 3

    Iorio Restaurant

    Iorio has consistently served fantastic Italian food in Portland for years.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit on a Sunday evening and enjoy live music."

  • 4

    Boccelli's Ristorante

    Locals drive from all over the Portland metro to dine at Boccelli's.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try their homemade tomato basil soup with the spinach salad, you will not be disappointed."

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    Pazzo Ristorante

    Pazzo Ristorante has the most delicious breads of all the Italian food restaurants in Portland.

    Local Expert Tip: "If Pazzo Ristorante is out of your price range then go during happy hour."

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    Mama Mia Trattoria

    Mama Mia's Trattoria is a locals favorite, because the of the excellent food and service.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to try the penne pasta with Grandma Mary's Sunday gravy."

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    a Cena Ristorante

    The food is unbeatable and always changing. You'll never have the same meal twice.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to try the agnolotti and do not sit at a table near the waiting area."

  • 8

    Caffe Mingo

    This is a wildly popular restaurant in Portland and consistently serves excellent food.

    Local Expert Tip: "They only take reservations for larger parties. On the weekends you will have to wait for a table."

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    Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant and Lounge

    When you ask local Italians who live in Portland where to find good Italian food they always seem to recommend Giuseppe's.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to sample one of their meatballs, there are delicious. "

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    Flying Pie Pizzaria

    Flying Pie Pizzaria has over the top quality ingredients in their pizzas.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Neapolis pie or one of their other stuffed pizza and be sure to come hungry, because it's a lot of food."



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