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Italian >Iorio Restaurant
912 Se Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.512116 -122.656423
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Hosford - Abernethy
why did i not find this place earlier – I went on a blind date and was told to go to iorio restaurant. New to me so why not it is all for the experience right. I truly have to tell others it was like being back in Italy just simply great. The date not so good but I feel I really came out the winner for finding iorio and by eating more, I had to do less talking and could just loose myself in the food. I think my date wanted to be exposed to food that is styled and touched by too many hands where like herself has never traveled to Italy since that is not the point in either place. Wonderful dinner new date needed for next reservation. I really am disappointed that they have been around for so long and I did not find out about them sooner.
Best in Portland? Really? – Booked with reservation with colleagues based on it being rated Best in Portland...The service was great, but the food was a huge disappointment. The calamari was great, fresh and tender. But the gnocchi that was described as 'homemade fresh gnocchi with truffle oil and parmesan'. The gnocchi came and was in fact, deep fried and covered in pesto. Even though I don't particularly like pesto, I decided to try it. It tasted like a ball of oil. Maybe the oil wasn't hot enough; but I've never had gnocchi deep fried, so it's hard to say. The ragout of lamb came to the table cold and rather bland. The butternut squash pizza would have been better if the squash had been cooked thoroughly enough to spread.
HOWEVER...the waiter was gracious and understanding when I sent the gnocchi back and offered me anything else on the menu. I replaced it with the broccoli cream soup which was good. He didn't charge me for either entree...so I would say it was worth trying again. At least they care enough to not cop an attitude and do the right thing.
Confused about high rating – We went here for my birthday last night and were very disappointed. This place has such great reviews which is confusing, so I'm wondering if we went on an off night. We ordered the calamari appetizer that tasted fishy to me. I thought it was the worst calamari that I've ever eaten, but my husband liked it...maybe because he covered up the taste with lots of dipping sauce. I also ordered the beet salad which I thought was good, but not fabulous. The yellow beets and goat cheese on the salad were delicious, but this was a small portion of the salad. The rest of the salad was ordinary. Our entrees were the gnocchi, which came with a super bland gloppy cream sauce, and the fresine with meatballs that had too little, bland sauce and dry meatballs. My husband woke up this morning with an upset stomach. I can't help, but wonder if that calamari was bad.
Incredible food and great service – We went to Iorio for my wife's birthday, and were very impressed with the incredible specials of the day, as well as the service. When I called to make the reservation I was asked if I had any dietary needs. My wife is a vegetarian, but that's usually pretty easy to figure out, but it was a nice touch.
The specials of the day included multiple vegetarian options: roasted tomato bisque, gnocchi in a roasted pepper cream sauce, and vegetable ravioli in a pesto cream sauce. We ended up sharing the gnocchi, which were perfectly cooked, with an order of foccaccia with a yummy butternut squash spread. Then we shared a bowl of the bisque and a beet salad, with red and golden beets, gorgonzola and a house-made goat cheese. Wow - I *loved* this salad!
Then I had the pork and my wife had the vegetable lasagna. The pork was so delicious, and I kept raving over how good it was during dinner, that my wife was almost tempted to try it just to shut me up. It was slightly on the sweeter side with a Madeira wine braise, and came with roasted vegetables and fried polenta. My wife's lasagna was filled with vegetables, the house marinara and lots of cheese, and was quite delicious, but I couldn't get past my pork! Then we shared the flourless chocolate cake, which was on the small side, but super-decadent, and a nice finish to a beautiful dinner.
Our server was terrific, and made sure we were never wanting for anything. Our waters were always full, as were our wine glasses! Needless to say, we will definitely be back, and may even try to bring the kids, since they have a nice kid's menu.
I wish I could go here every day – Dear Reader
My family started going here in October 2009. Yes I remember the day. It was the best tasting food I've ever eaten.
A little costly though.
Fabulous Experience – I would have never known but a friend bd heard about Chris's place from the neighborhood. What a delightful treat.
Another great Italian "DON'T MISS" dining experience – Chef Chris Thompson has done an incredible job of presenting excellent Italian Food that compares with the East Coast Italian Dining Experience. We were asked when making our reservation, if anyone in our party had a food allergy the chef should be aware of. A huge bonus before we even arrived. When arriving, we were greeted by a delightful hostess who seated us right away even though our dining companions were running a little late. Erin, (our charming, beautiful, intelligent, and personable waitress was marvelous) assured us not to worry and we had wine and some of the best calamari ever while waiting. When our friends arrived, they were seated immediately and had wine and salad, after which our orders were taken for entrees. Two lasagnas, one catch of the day, and one pasta specialty of the house with Italian sausage. All four, perfectly prepared, served eye appealingly, and delish beyond words.
I was invited to come back to the kitchen to meet the chef after offering our compliments via Erin, and apprising her that I was a retired certified exec chef and culinary arts teacher (retired after 40 years) in Philadelphia. Chirs and I became immediate friends during which time he has invited me to go fly fishing with him when his schedule permits. I can assure you we will be regular faces at Iorio. I give it one of the best of the best.
Food is great...service not. – I had came upon this restaurant a few times while looking for a great place to eat outside of the downtown Portland area. We live in the Pearl but prefer to find fine dining outside the downtown area. Took my girlfriend to Lorio for Valentines Day since it was rated with high marks. They had a great deal for dinner so I was able to walk away spending just over a $100. We had to wait about five minutes to be greeted behind a curtain as you enter so nobody would ever know you were standing there unless you peeked around the curtain. There was some confusion on where to seat us so the lady was shuffling names around as we both waited patiently. The atmosphere is pretty cool so I can see how it was rated one of the "most romantic restaurants" in Portland. The food was delicious and the drinks were pretty tasty. I am not a demanding customer and all I really expect is to be check on once in awhile as well as keep my beverage filled. Unfortunately, this didn't happen. Our waiter checked on us only one time but made sure his other tables were happy. We waited 15 minutes after we had finished dinner for him to clear our table and bring desert. Both of us made eye contact but apparently he didn't see the signal. Again, most of his time was talking to other customers or standing at the bar.
I Love Iorio – Iorio provides some of the best Italian food in Portland and their service is great!
all around great – We stopped in without a reservation, got a great table, and chose the set three course harvest menu and accompanying wine pairings. Everything was so good! It made for a great date night. Yay!
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