Portland >Food & Dining > Pastini Pastaria
1506 Northwest 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.533558 -122.698646
Mon-Thur 11:30 - 9
Fri-Sat 11:30 - 10
Sun 4 - 9
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Northwest District
Good for Lunch – Went here w/a girlfriend for lunch the other day, we both had salads and they were great. The quality of the chicken was really good and the for the price we paid, the size of the salads were great. You definitely get your money's worth. I have also been to the location on NE Broadway for dinner, and I felt the portions could have been larger (esp if you call ahead and pick it up). This isn't the greatest Italian you've ever had but it's not bad. Kind of a "fast food" Italian spot.
bad food – Lets start off by saying I gave this place two chances. Yes, it is cheap but the quality of the food is pretty low par. It feels like you are eating in some kind of generic Starbucks meets faux-Italian place....worse than Olive Garden. They didn't offer bread until I asked and the unfriendly waitress just pointed to the menu and said "that costs extra." I got the buccatini carne pasta or whatever and it was dry and had no flavor at all not to mention it came out in like 5 minutes (pre-made and then slopped in a bowl obviously). After we got our food the waitress disappeared and never refilled out water so we had to flag down the hostess to do that. If you are on a budget i'd say go to Pizzacato instead.
Love to order to go- Fast too! – I have been ordering lunch to go and it is excellent! They always make sure you have your silverware and fresh bread. I call it in before I walk over and it's always ready in 10-15 minutes. Reasonably priced too.
best italian – I have been to Pastini many times with coworkers, friends and we always had good experience. Prepare for some delays on work day lunch if you have big groups. Service and the good quality was always good.
Spectacular food for a very low price! – What a great place. I was surprised how affordable it was despite it's location at the upscale Bridgeport Village. I was there with a large group of friends and we all ordered something different and tried eachothers food and everything was great. The best, hands down, was the seafood cannolli thing. (I think that is what is called) It was basically a manicotti noodles stuffed with halibut, scallops and crab...and strange combination but incredible!! The portions were on the larger side. The wait staff was quick, efficient and very kind.
Be prepared to wait on a weekend evening as they don't take reservations and it is quite small...and loud. Not a great place for kids as the standard seems to be like a lot of Italian restaurants to bring courses spaced apart. My only suggestion would be to increase their variety of craft beers....not all of us like wine.
Good food, good price (for the most part) – I have gone there a few times for take out with my girlfriend. The value and the food has always been excellent except for their soups. The soup portions are very very very very small. Our take out order of soup didn't even fill the small container even though we got the "bowl" instead of the "cup." We were told that it's one ladle of soup for the cup, and 2 ladles for the bowl. I feel sorry for whomever gets the cup and thinks they accidently drained 2/3rds of it on the walk home. Everything else has been great so i can't fault them too much. Just realize that for the price, the soup portions are very very small. Being on 23rd though, it is pretty cheap for pretty good food. You won't be wowed by it, but for how much you're paying, it's really quite good.
APPALLING Customer service – My husband's family and I ( a big party of 15) went to the Pastini Pasteria downtown 9 located 911 SW Taylor at 9th Avenue last sunday (I couldn't find the restaurant downtown on citysearch so I thought I would just write the the review here.) My husbands' family is from out of state and we were all just trying to have a good time. We ordered our drinks, everyone was served after a while, except for my mother-in-law who had to remind the waitress of her drink, all the kids said that they had to remind the waitress about their refills for their soda.The waitress acted like she was so so busy, when there was actually only 2 other couples in the restaurant besides us, and other waitresses. Anyway, I am not writing a bad review about the food at this place. EVERYBODY loved their food, it was so yummy. But we were REALLY DISAPPOINTED by the service and the bald tattooed manager who worked there. He came to tell us to lower our voice, when the other two couples in the restaurant had actually already left and we we were the only ones in the restaurant. He was obnoxious and rude, and kept hanging around our table listening to our conversations. It is A REAL SHAME, because we really loved the food, but WOULD NEVER GO BACK THERE just for the people that work there. Plus, we had to wait AGES for our check, they were very incapable !!
My mother-in-law told the manager that we would never go back there because of how they treated us, and he said "that's fine". How rude and really bad customer service!! Oh and for those who go there, a party of 8 or more, BE PREPARED TO PAY 18% gratuity, yep not 12% or even 15%, but 18%!!! as if they were so special, when the service was actually horrible!!
My first pick for Italian in Portland!! – This is the only location I have been to and I always have a great experience!! There is never too long of a wait and the servers are always very friendly! My favorite appetizer is the Bruschetta Classico. My favorite pastas are Ziti Di Campagna and Rigatoni Zuccati. I've tried all the desserts and I could never pick a favorite. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are perfect. Not too much... Not too little. This isn't the place you wanna go if you like to leave stuffed. I've introduced many of my friends to Pastini and they always love it and request to go back again.
Hoorray'ves for Pastini – Consistently good food and great service at a reasonable price. My family has been going there for some time and we never walk out dissapointed. This place knows what they do well and they stick to it. My favorites are the fusilli della Roma, their lasagna is heavenly and the soup is always excellent - make sure you like to combination first. Appetizers are actually appetizing and their salads are first quality.
Wait staff are exactly what you'd expect - fast, friendly, efficient. Not a single wasted motion. They seem to know how to hire winners.
Good sauces, overcooked pasta... – I'm Italian therefore I know "my pastas"...the sauces are great but the pasta is overcooked therefore try asking for "al dente"cooking..I'm not going back because I can make it better at home..
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