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

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 Italian cuisine you crave, just pizza, or the fare of southern Italy there's a restaurant in Portland that will go above and beyond in fulfilling 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 eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Portland restaurants. We share the places that are the most recommended, like Piazza Italia in the Pearl District. We've included restaurants that are sure to please any budget, like the more affordable Grassa and we've included places that are perfect for a romantic date night like the upscale A Cena Ristorante. Each of the restaurants selected are unique and stand out from the others. You could dine at all of them and have a memorable and delicious experience at all of them.

Mama Mia Trattoria


Mama Mia Trattoria is an iconic Portland restaurant that almost every local has eaten at. Mama Mia's dishes out large portions of chicken, veal, and eggplant parmesan, handmade ravioli, lasagna, manicotti, gnocchi and numerous other pastas,...  Read More

Caffe Mingo


Intimate, unpretentious and eminently popular, this Italian eatery plies diners with authentic cuisine. The food, although not elaborate, is very well prepared and has a strong tendency toward down-home cooking, Italian-style. In short, good...  Read More



If you are looking for a more upscale Italian restaurant in Portland, then A Cena Ristorante is your place. At A Cena Ristorante you will find an Italian fine dining experience with food made only from fresh ingredients from local Portland...  Read More



Portofino has long been a hidden gem over in the Sellwood area. It's a warm and inviting neighborhood restaurant that serves all organic and free range Italian food. Where else could you possibly go to get free range Italian food? At Portofino...  Read More

Piazza Italia


If you want to feel like you are actually eating in Italy then head over to one of the most popular areas in Portland, the Pearl district, where you will find Piazza Italia. Originally started by an Italian immigrant from Rome who was passionate...  Read More

Southwest Portland


Grassa is a casual Italian eatery that serves handcrafted fresh pasta and features a rotating menu based on seasonal availability. Here the portions are large and affordable. You will find a great variety of pasta here including squid pasta and...  Read More



Serratto is a lively and elegant neighborhood restaurant serving authentic and innovative dishes from Italy, France and the greater Mediterranean region. The menu, which changes seasonally, is built around a commitment to using natural meats,...  Read More

Southeast Portland


Ava Gene's features a Roman inspired menu is simple and rustic with an emphasis on the best local produce and meats grown and raised by Pacific Northwest farmers and ranchers. That is why they feature a seasonal always changing menu. They...  Read More



Mucca Osteria is an intimate Italian eatery in downtown Portland, Oregon. This hidden gem is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, but is often overlooked. The menu here changes seasonally to highlight whats in season through perfectly crafted...  Read More

Northeast Portland


Corzetti is a brand new Italian eatery in NE Portland created by chef Johnny Nunn. Here you will dine on fresh authentic pasta and dishes that celebrate both classic trattoria and Italian-American fare. Each day they offer a special dish of the...  Read More


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