Portland >Food & Dining > Ciao Vito Restaurant
2203 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.559072 -122.642833
Neighborhoods: Concordia, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Vegan-Friendly – Excellent service - pretty place - easy parking on the street (Sunday at 5:30PM) - accommodated my vegan requests with grace and style. I"d definitely go back there.
Disappointing – Usually I love this restaurant, but had an awful experience a few nights ago. The food took a very long time to get to us, and when it finally did arrive one plate was steaming hot and the other plate was cold. The steaming hot plate was pasta that was hard (not at all al dente). The other plate of pasta was almost crunchy it was so overcooked and dry. The waitress immediately took them back, but proceeded to offer up several different possabilities of why the food came to us that way. Just apologize and fix the problem, don't try to justify it. You'd think this place would be proficient at cooking pasta since they are an Italinan restaurant. Not the case this time. With so many great places to eat in Portland I don't think I'll be going back. Very disappointing.
Rude Rude rude – I called to ask questions about happy hour and the guy was so rude to me. I wanted to bring a group of people out for happy hour and I said the name wrong. They guy made fun of me then hung up. I called back to tell him I was hoping to bring 10+ people out to give them business and told him he was rude. he then told me that I was not welcome to come!!!!! I do not know why anyone would turn down business like that. The menue looks good but the people are JERKS!!!!!
Co-Fav of Portland Food Gems – Discovered this place by chance one day after snowboarding. Instantly fell in love with the skirt steak. THe sides with this dish change but the steak is always amazing. THe pork chop is fantastic and unforgetable. The chop has changed my outlook on eating them while out. The Hapy hour Sugo of Pork with Penne is a meal itself and delicious. The happy hour lasts til 8:00pm every day and till closing(9:00)pm on Sundays. I love this place so much I want to work here on weekends... There is one bartender who could not be friendlier and has made us feel like family and quite frankly I feel guilty any time we eat anywhere else becuase I know she would treat us better. .. THe happy hour drinks are fantastic. If you haven't tried it within the last year Ciao Vito is something you are missing out on. I
Good Food, Service & Atmosphere – We had a wonderful dinner with friends this weekend. The house specialty Margaritas were superb; our starters - the Flatbread & Polenta were awesome; the special Salad with Coppa was perfectly dressed with a berry vinaigrette; the Skirt Steak & Seafood Pasta were yummy; and finally, the dessert - Panna Cotta, Pots de Creme & Sundae just about over the top.
Keep it up! We'll be back
The best Italian on the East side – I tried Ciao Vito a couple years ago and was disappointed, so I was not looking forward to going back...
It was fine a couple years ago but it has hit its stride as of late. In the last Three months I have been six times and the food has been out of this world. The service has been very good five of the six times (weird guy warmed up to us when we kept ordering food after happy hour ended but by then he lost half his tip). The happy hour stuff is great but so is the dinner menu. If you haven't tried it in a while it is worth another visit
A Favoirite spot serves disappointment – Normally, I love the food at Ciao Vito. I am a total foodie and go to many restuaruants through out the Portland area so the I am no stranger to the few "good" italian spots we have. I was extremely surprised at the level of service we received this past weekend. After giving us the specials detail, our server seemed irritated that we asked for additional bread while we waited for our food (it was taking a little while but we are never too bothered by that if we know it is worth the wait). After dinner we ordered dessert and three bites into it found a long blonde hair in it! We are both brunnettes. When we showed it to her, she shrugged her shoulders, said "sorry?", and walked away. The apology WAS a question and insincere. No offer to take it away and then when we got the bill, it was STILL on there!!
Very disappointing especially since we were celebrating our upcoming wedding with my parents.
Horrid service - small servings – This place is terrible. Service was awful. People around us who had been sitted after us and ordered after us received their food before we did. Asking about our meal didn't help either. We were ignored! The bartender serving us knew her order got messed up (or maybe she messed it up herself) and didn't even have the courtesy to give us another serving of bread! We waited 45 minutes after our salad to get our meal. When we did, one was of good proportion, but the pasta with pesto was the size of a small salad plate. This is what we waited 45 minutes for! And after asking for the manager, we never saw him/her! No siree, management did NOT want to take care of us!. Ceasar salad was only so so. Not worth the money we spent. There are SO MANY OTHER PLACES TO GO IN PORTLAND. Why EVER go there. Trust me, don't!!!
Made my top 5 Worst restaurant experiance tonight and yes i have cooled down, Other 2 times, average at best in last year. – My fiance and I walk in without reservation 7:15. We got sat immediately at the bar. After a lively bar area order, I get sugo pork, with polenta and ragu $18, my fiance, skirt steak with french fries $21. Ok, french fries at an Italian spot!?! the menu had only a few actual Italian words on the menu. The entire menu barely fills a page and mild.
After searching my fiance's plate for the tablepoon of murky water. I spoke up, looking forward to a good red wine demi glace. FYI, demi glace is FRENCH for half glaze and any chef will tell you that it should be thick enough to cover the back of a spoon. I asked the bartender of 5 years, where the sauce was and was told that the sauce was supposed to be thin. After poking at our food for 20 min we got our food to go. With a quarter of a glass of wine, and half a beer, we're asked to move. We were shocked, but ok leaving some alcohol. I set my food down on a table because thats the only place I can find to put it while I put my jacket on, my girlfriend wrestlin' to get her jacket on, and a waitress picked up my box and scoffed at me giving my fiance "whats wrong with this guy", I begin to explain my actions, hey I was trying to finish my beer and I got kicked. . . she hands me my box & walks away.
We go to the hostess asking for the manager, she replies, is there a problem? Yeah we got kicked out and we want to talk to a manager. She corrects me and tells me Ciao Vito doesn't kick people out, we ask them to move. At this point, realizing that this is the way Ciao Vito treats you when you sit at the bar and try to spend $100, we leave.
You might not get treated bad here, maybe you will. As a former chef, I have actually been transferred for making sauce like that.
To the staff, We may have looked young, but when customers get treated like that, believe we are going to say something.
To potential customers, you have been warned. And don't go up the street to Siam Society, even worse.
Ciao, Ciao Vito – Diners, please take note that most reviews are mid-2008 and before. Why? I'm not sure...maybe because not many folks are coming in anymore? Possibly. Went out Friday with neighbors originally for an excursion to Toro Bravo but left there after being informed of the 2.5 hour wait (um, no). Collectively decided to go somewhere closer to home and ended up at Ciao Vito. First time there for my wife and I. We were able to get a table upon arrival (good or bad thing I'm not sure). Hard to decide if our server was uninformed or aloof but either way I didn't get the best warm/fuzzy feeling from him from the get-go. We all split a few appetizers (crispy polenta w/ spinach and roasted beet salad w/ goat cheese). Tasty, but oh so tiny...I'm guessing we would have ordered additional if our server had indicated that they were so small. Interestingly we were told that they were out of croutons for the caesar salad (kind of odd to run out of croutons, no?) and that there was a change to the specialty pasta dish (bolognese instead of different beef sauce). No biggie as we passed on salads and between us ordered the skirt steak, linguini w/ clams, and two pasta specials. I can really only speak for the dinners my wife and I had but neither were anything to write home about. The steak was tender but entirely too salty and the steak fries were soggy. While interesting to look at, the clams were served in-shell on top of the linguini which made it difficult to try to eat...too much effort required to finish the dish. In addition, the 'sauce' was almost nonexistent...basically bare noodles. Should have sent it all back but didn't. Almost wish we had.
I will say I would consider returning for coffee/dessert only, as the gelato affogato and warm berry/apple crisp were very good. BUT, since we are not big into desserts anyway, I doubt that we'll be returning any time soon if at all...there are just too many restaurants in Portland to choose from which are far superior to Ciao Vito.
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