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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.
We Needed This in No Po! – Real pizza is just the beginning. Being somewhat spoiled by authentic Italian food, and disappointed by many attempts to find the "real" thing in Portland, I was thrilled to happen upon Pizza Fino. Not the covered in cheese and tasteless food you tend to find out here. This is all about the bouquet of spices and the marriage of the sauce. Keep it up. We'll be coming back for more!
The chicken is to die for – We Went there last Friday night , they have a new chef and a new menu, the food is outstanding. We had the chicken and the Polenta and as an appetizer a Beet Salad with Figs and Lemon cucumbers , The chicken is one of the best dishes I ever had in a restaurant and the Polenta was creamy and with the perfect balance of the sauce, sausage and cheese. The Beet salad simply perfect.
The service was friendly but has some room for improvement, the server seems to not be familiar with the menu , but it was only their second night with the new menu . I strongly reccomend the place.
Totally Yummy! – Went on a date for dinner, loved the atmosphere, lighting, and stained glass. Candles were a good touch also. We shared a small pizza and had a few delicious cocktails. We found the menu to be very appetizing. The prices are up there, but we thought it was well worth it. The waiter was great, really friendly, and made some good suggestions with our order. If you have kids and want them to color, take them to laurelhurst! We will definitely be back soon! My only advice is to get some better patio furniture!
Good food, SLOW service. – Our first visit to Pizza Fino was a disappointment. We were seated right away, but waited almost an hour for our food. Not good since we were starving and had the kids with us. They don't even have any coloring for the kids. The party next to us was sitting there before us and got their food after us. The food was good, but not worth that wait. Plus, either the pasta portions are too small or the prices are too much. Don't expect to take left overs home. The wait staff was courteous, but not very attentive. I didn't eat the pizza, but there is no shortage of good pizza in Portland, so I wouldn't recommend making a special trip to this place.
Pretty Damn Good – This place has a great menu. The pizza has the tasty crust familiar to those who have been to Bella Faccia. The gnocchi is amazing, definitely my favorite dish, I'm salivating now thinking about it.
The reason I'm only giving it three stars is the pesto is really odd, and not in a good way. It's a gelatinous sauce with bits of dried basil in it. It doesn't taste disgusting but it doesn't have any garlic-y or basil taste to it either. The service is mostly friendly, but I went once at happy hour and felt like we weren't treated the same as when we usually go for dinner. We had drinks, so I don't know what the problem was. Overall, this is a safe bet for a tasty dinner. Go later if you want it to be romantic as it's quite popular with young families.
Lots of Vegetarian and Vegan options!! – I've been 3 times now, and 2 out of the 3 times were absolutely wonderful. The first time was on our anniversary, I was surprised at how low the prices were, they are the same as The Olive Garden if not less. And then we were so happy and surprised at how absolutely delicious everything we ate were. My husband and I couldn't stop commenting how you could taste each and every ingredient in the dish and how they were all so great. The wait staff were friendly and warm and the bill was very reasonable for the amount of food and quality of food we received. The second time was for my husband's birthday dinner, and everything was just mediocre. The food didn't sing in my mouth the way it did before, and my husband's meat was so raw he gagged after the first bite, so we were diappointed. The service was just as great as the first time though, and they remade his meal. The third time was a fluke, we lost our reservations at a different restaurant on Valentine's day and decided to try our luck at Pizza Fino. They not only accomodated us very quickly but the food was as terrific if not better than the first time. Loved the polenta, the walnut salad, the bloody mary's, and ravioli. Server was friendly and excellent just like the other two times. We will be back for a fourth time for sure. With their low prices, I wished we lived back in Kenton so we could do take out or dine more often.
Amazing Food, My Favorite North Portland Secret!!! – I moved to the kenton neighborhood a few months ago and evey time I go to pizza fino it's great! My wife and I went there last night with some friends for dinner and even though it took a while to get our food it was well worth the wait. Our waiter was helpful and friendly making excellent recomendations and talking at length with me about some favorite local brews. I had the penne with sausage for myself and my wife ordered a delicious pizza they call "pocket aces." By the time we finished our meal we were so full that we had to take the homemade dessert we couldn't resist orering wrapped to go. All in all it was a great experience!
Highly Disappointing – When Pizza Fino first opened the food was amazing and we were very happy to have such a great local restaurant. We have eaten at there several times and each time the quality has declined. Tonight's meal has convinced us that we most likely won't return. The serving size has decreased, the food was flavorless, the salad dressing was tasteless and oily, and the pasta was not completely cooked. The environment is pleasant and the wait staff is friendly. Its ashame they could be consistent with the quality of food.
Great carbo-loaded food but salads area bit lack luster. – Yes, this restaurant serves delicious pizza, calzone and eggplant rollatini in a nice environment however, if I am to frequent this restaurant more often, they'll need to add a few healthier items to the mix?currently their salads are lack-luster and I have to add side dishes to get veggies with my entree?making a mid week meal a bit too expensive. I'm hoping they will add a few more items so I can go more often.
Escape to Fino – Our son attends UP, and after the soccer game last night we took him and a couple of his friends out for dinner. We wanted a nearby pizza place, and had read good things about this one. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was really more like an Italian bistro, than just a pizza joint. Pizza by the slice and a small bar out front, candlelight booths and tables in the back dining room. Very nice combo.
As for the food, the fried calamari was some of the better in town, rings and tentacles, all very tender and served with a lemon alioli. The Caesar salad was way too underdressed, but easily corrected with a side of dressing and make sure to order extrra anchovies as these are superior to any others I've had. Someone ordered the potato and leek soup and said it was also very good.
As for the pizza, it may be perhaps the very best pizza I've had. I know the rest of our group all agreed it was the best they've had. For those that are fans of Escape from NY pizza, you need to stop in here. Very similar pizza, with the addition of parking, a nice atmoshere, and excellent service. The Amnesia IPA on tap was the icing on a great dinner. With 18" pizzas under $20, it was very affordable as well. We also had the Chef stop by our table, a really nice guy and sets the casual tone for this place. He said everything is made from scratch, his Bolognese sauce being a classic example of taking 8 hours to make and using the tradtional beef, pork, and veal. It's also evident by the huge jars of assorted housemade pickled vegetables lining the shelf along one side of the dining room. He uses those vegetables as garnish for his sandwhiches. Who else does that these days?
Perhaps we will eventually get to the other dishes on the menu, as I'm sure they are very good. However, it will be very difficult to come here and not order the pizza. It's that good.
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