Portland >Food & Dining > Alessandro's Italian Restaurant and Bar
301 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720445.518273 -122.675539
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
Skimpy portions (and they run out of what you want). – I had passed by this restaurant several times and was curious to try it. My husband and I went on a Saturday night after 9 pm. The place was nearly empty. The staff was very courteous, but that's about all I can say for Alessandro's. We had to settle for the house wine (which was very expensive!) because they were out of our first and second choices. On top of that, my husband had to settle for his second choice of entree because they were out of his first choice. Then, the food came. My portion was very small. I'm a small person, so I wasn't hoping for a portion suitable for a lumberjack, but this was a very skimpy portion--about half of what you would expect to see on your plate. We decided to order dessert, mainly because I was still hungry! We ordered the tiramisu to share, and it was very large and quite delicious. At least it ended well. Alessandro's, why such small entrees? We paid full price for them!
I couldn't even finish the salad – I have looked forward to having lunch at this resturant. It looks so charming from the outside. I went in on a Friday afternoon. They had run out of San Pelligrino. I ordered the spinach salad with scallops. It is so ugly. They marinate the scallops so that they are a deep purple color. Very tough. Everything in this salad was so salty, no balance. No flavor. I couldn't even eat the spinach. The egg was ok, the olives hadn't been drained so ....more salt. The tomatoes were not ripe and were flavorless. The chef either does not taste the food or is a smoker. I found it disgusting and I will not be back. What guts to ask $12.00 for this dish. Also, they do not validate if you park in the garage they are under.
Alessandro's has gone downhill – I went to Alessandro's on Jan 23, 2009 for happy hour. I've been there dozens of times in the past 9 years for lunch, dinner, and happy hour, but was sadly disappointed on this visit. We walked into the bar, and though only 3 tables had customers, all the spots at the bar and the other tables had dirty dishes and glasses. We sat at the bar anyway. It took a bit of time to get served but it wasn't busy at all.
I ordered the "house red." (It ended up being $7.75 - for the house red?) The bartender said she was out of a number of wines, so I choose a chianti. The wine glass was filthy looking - lipstick stains all around the glass. The glass may have been sterile because presumably it'd been washed in hot water but it was still very unappetizing. When the bartender came back from the kitchen, I asked for a new glass. The second glass also had weird stuff around the rim, which she noticed. She explained that the glasses were being hand washed and it was probably water stains. She finally had to go to the kitchen to get a clean glass.
We ordered the linguine with pesto. We got it and it was lukewarm, at best. (Again, very few customers so I don't know why it sat on the counter getting cold.) The flavor was fine, but we counted 3 pinenuts between the two plates.
The place has deteriorated since I was last there a year or so ago; I won't go back. There are too many good places to eat in Portland. I'll miss the cute Italian waiter, though.
fair to average food – My wife and I stayed in downtown Portland a few weeks back and decided to eat at Allessandros. We had eaten there about 10 years ago and remembered it as a good place. Dinner was a huge disappointment. The wait staff was good, which is why I gave it the 2 stars, the problem is the kitchen.
We ordered an antipasto salad, and salad with tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella. First they brought out the salad, and the basil was old and wilting. We thought it still tasted okay, and we didn't say anything. Then they brought out the antipasto salad. The cheese was square cheese (like Kraft cheese) that was cut into a triangle, and they brought a slice of square ham folded in half instead of prosciutto. I asked about the prosciutto and they said they ran out, so she brought me some cold (but cooked) stuff that she said was prosciutto, but it looked like panchetta. It was so mediocre that we should have canceled orders and left before the main course arrived. The main course was average and uneventful.
With so many great Italian restaurants in Portland like Tuscany Grill, Cafe Mingo, etc, there is no reason to consider Allessandros. It's kind of sad because I think this place was good at one time. Time for a new chef and a remodel.
Our weekend dining experience was not a total loss. The next morning we had breakfast at Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen which was awesome! (see my review of Kenny and Zukes on citysearch).
Alessandro's...Going Slowly South Since '06 – I wrote one of the positive reviews below. When I first started going to Alessandro's in 2006, the portions were huge, the food was excellent, and I kept coming back for more. I would eat there once or more weekly, and I truly felt at home. Then, the portion size started decreasing, and the prices were raised. I complained about it, and they said that times were rough. This was back in 2007. Then they cut the free cup of soup, and started charging you that. Then they started charging you for a side of cheese. Pretty soon, the food quality started going downhill. What was once delicious food was becoming on-again off-again service. I was very forgiving, and still came back. I had to order 1.5 portions just to get the same amount of food as before. They claimed nothing had changed, in terms of the portion size, but when I invited my out-of-town Dad in two different years, he was shocked at the difference in the amount of food. The second-to-last time I ate at Alessandro's was on October 23rd, when they ran out of the dish I liked. I thought I'd give it one more try, so I came back for my birthday - and I told them it was my celebration. My birthday was 01/26/09, and I ate there with a friend. The dish I ordered tasted so badly, that I had to send it back. I tried to confirm that they would indeed give me back 1.5 portions, so I could have a nice, filling birthday meal. And the lady snapped back "I will only give you back what you left on your plate!" What shocked me is that I hadn't eaten very much, and that they were so rude to me on my birthday. What shocks me even more is that they didn't offer me complementary dessert, which they did do two years ago when I went there. I tried to go back again last Monday, but they look to have gone out of business. As a loyal customer for years, it was truly sad to see the decline in the restaurant. Wish they would have always remained the way they used to be.
Excellent food & service – I've had a wonderful experience, every time I went to Alessandro's. The staff is very warm, welcoming, and even try to teach you a little Italian while there.
The food was great and I'd definitely recommend it for intimate dinners :)
Bad food! – The food quality was so poor we couldn't eat it; the place does not look clean; the service was slow; we couldn't get out of there fast enough.
Terrible Food, Go Somewhere Else – I would like to rate no stars but 1 appears to be the minimum. This place was terrible. I think the people who gave it more than 2 stars must work there because the food was awful, it tasted like re-microwaved garbage. We went for an anniversary and should have been warned off when there was more wait staff than customers. The decor screams 80's nightmare and the food screams awful. This place would be a great candidate for Kitchen Nightmares.
Delicious food and warm atmosphere – My Fiance and I went to Alessandro's for a Valentines Day dinner and it was thoroughly enjoyable. When you walk in the door you are greeted and your coats are hung. The service was prompt, thorough and polite. The food and wine were exceptional. I would recommend Alessandro's for anyone who enjoys Italian food, and especially those who want a warm environment. Overall delicious.
Poor service, extensive wait for food – Reservations were made for 6pm. Food and apitizers were ordered at 6:13pm. Did not recieve apitizers until aprox. 7:00pm. Did not recv. food until well after 8pm. The food was just OK not great and presentation was poor. It was almost dropped when delivered to table. The server seemed to complain about her tip of $30.00 dollors on a $230.00 bill. The tip I should've left was to be more prompt with the service and food!!! If the problem was with the kitchen then maybe she should not share her tip with the cooks. I used to be a real fan of the restraunt that is why I wanted to eat there for my birthday now I do not know if I will return...
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