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8225 N Denver Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721745.582856 -122.687062
Neighborhoods: North Portland Neighborhood Services, Kenton
Great neighborhood Italian spot in the heart of Kenton, with fresh, well-made pizzas and pastas (I always get the spaghetti and meatballs). Go for happy hour, daily from 4-6pm...you'll get $3 well drinks, a $4 Caesar, and a sizeable cheese pizza for only $8.
Great Pie – I love the fact that I can dash in on my way home from work...grab a slice a delicious pizza a cold beer and call it good for the day. I love the fact that the chef sorta just puts something together for the daily slice of pizza special...You never know what your going to get, but you can count on it being good.
Great Italian Food! – My wife and I grabbed dinner here, and we both agreed our meals were faboulous. I enjoyed a complex version of baked macaroni, and she had a pulled pork dish. Both were outstanding, as was our service. The dishes were obviously well thought out, and the pork dish utilized locally sourced (Carlton Farms) meat. The beer selection was also very good, with a number of small production offerings unavailable at most places. The only drawback was that the dining room is small and open: cozy yes, intimate no.
Darn good pizza – We went to Pizza Fino tonight with our 3 yr old and the in-laws. We ordered 1 18in pizza and it was plenty for 4 adults and a child. We also ordered an appetizer of fried zucchini which was so good. Fino may not be suitable for children later in the evening, however, at 5pm it was ok; especially since there was a very noisy group in the dining room with us. But, I think the staff may not be used to young children since they put a newly lit candle right in front of our toddler. We couldn't reach for it fast enough to move it away from him! All in all the pizza tasted great. The crust was crispy, sauce flavorful and the Italian sausage on J &R was yummy.
YUM! – My housemates and I LOVE this place. We have never been in the front but instead opt for the restaurant in the back. Wehave no idea if it is authentic or not, and frankly, couldn't care since it tastes great. The last time we were there the Finoreos were rather tasteless, but perhaps that is because we are used to oreos. Also, sometimes we are offered complimentary breadsticks with a house made aioli-type stuff (again, YUM) and sometimes we aren't, which is disappointing.
Be careful though, as ordering a drink, a soup/salad, a main course, and a dessert (which you will be tempted to eat all of since it's so delicious!) can add up to $35/person pretty quickly...rather spendy for a student!
Pizza by the slice – I have only been to Pizza Fino three times since it opened around the corner from my house...two of the times we had dinner and didn't find it really fantastic...it was good but by no means great. Last night we stopped in to grab a couple of slices of pie before heading home. I was impressed as was the bf. The crust was crispy (great flavor), and the sauce was rich, hearty and full bodied in flavor...amazing. The slices we had were some brilliant concoction called "Dragon Ball" with meatballs, chili flakes, feta and sun dried tomato....this should be a regular item...Oh an the little Finoreos (chocolate cookies filled with sweetened Marscapone cheese....to die for.
Still excellent – Haven't been here for at least a year, but we were in the neighborhood. Sounds like from the reviews that there has been a chef change since then. We had great food when they first opened, a few times since,and I can tell firsthand you they still do.
They pizza is still some of the best in town, thin crust NY style. I had the Lasagna and it was so good my wife ate half of mine. The Caesar salad is excellent, and the Asparagus soup was outstanding. I would not say the food is better than it was when they first opened, it's the same and for us that is great news.
I would not suggest this as a place for small kids as it is a quiet, candle-lit dining room. There are much better places for kids. As to the reviewer that could not recommend this place, but without having tried the pizza, the place is called PIZZA Fino...
As to pricing, our 18" pepperoni was $19.50, up from the $18 I remember. However my lasagna was only $12 and the Caeasar salad the we split was something like $4.50 or $4.75. I would say these are very reasonable prices, especially for the quality. I only wish the owner would open up a new restaurant in SE Portland as we would go more often if it was closer.
Great neighborhood restaurant – My family and I have enjoyed Pizza Fino since they opened a couple years ago. The food is almost always fantastic (never bad), the atmosphere and service is unpretentious, but still attentive, and for a casual neighborhood restaurant they offer an awesome and ever changing list of wine, beer, and cocktails. We highly recommend Pizza Fino!
On a side note, I encourage anyone reading these reviews not to take the last one too seriously. I checked out her other reviews and it seems every business she visits treats her horribly...I wonder why?
Crappy service, had to go back a second time to get the dres – My husband had to have some dental work done so he requested “pasta and fries” because he couldn’t chew anything else. I called Pizza Fino because it was close to my house and ordered that and a house salad.
When I got there, I watched a rude waitress tell a women and her two friends they couldn’t eat at the bar but there was an open table with only two chairs. This obviously wouldn’t work for the woman unless one of her people sat on the floor.
When the cook was giving my order of Alfrado and fries to the waitress, he kept loudly making comments about the combination. It was pretty rude because he was being malice not funny.
My food took an additional 15 minutes to be ready (after waiting 25 minutes).
I got home and realized they forgot to put the vinergarette dressing on my damn salad. When I called, the woman didn’t offer to replace my salad. She said, “well, I wish I could fix it, but we obviously don’t deliver.” I then asked if I could go pick up my salad.
I paid $27 for shi*** (city search won't let me use that word) service and two trips to get a freakin salad right.
I love Pizza Fino – It's a warm and cozy place to hang out. The service is excellent and happy hour prices are hard to beat. The new chef eally puts out some great food and I highly recommend it.
Great food and good prices. Italian cuisine combined with local ingredients. – Try more than just the pizza. The seasonal salad had an amazing pomegranate vinaigrette with grilled pears, perfect! The pumpkin soup was great with a balance of flavors. The ravioli was a savory treat perfect for a cold November night. A wonderful combination of local flavors and Italian cuisine. I took my friend from Italy and she is still raving about it! Also, very reasonably priced. I would have paid twice as much in the Pearl for food not nearly as delicious.
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