250 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR | Directions 9712345.522296 -122.986833
Three strikes and I'm out of there! – I'm not a burger or Pizza fan, but I will choose either of them over Tresca in the future. My wife and I went in when they first opened and like everyone else it was slow(which was to be expected), nice decor, noisy, confused staff,smelled good and had decent food. We waited a few months only to find nothing had changed. So we gave them a third chance last week......NEVER AGAIN! I was so dissapointed in the service, food quality and all new faces. I understood it was the same owner and that they had gone through several chefs. I have talked to other locals I discovered that none of them reccomended Tresca, they all had the same BAD experience. Too bad, Hillsboro really needs quality choices for dinning. Maybe the place accross the street will win my wife and I over when it opens. Let's all keep our fingers crossed.
Shame on me for wasting my time and money on this place.
Great food, nice atmosphere – I'm very surpised to read some of the earlier reviews of this restaurant because we have always had great food and decent service when we have dined at Tresca. The pasta is good, the salads are great, and the portions are pleasing. Their peach dessert is to die for, and I highly recommend the orange spinach salad and fettuccine alfredo. Their portions are definitely large enough to split between two people! I love having a comfortable, casual restaurant so close to home where I can share a meal with my husband or hang out with the girls from work.
Poor service and quality of food – I have tried this place 3 times overthe last 3 months. All resulted in slow service. 25 minute wait for a salad, soup and a sandwich??!! The waitresses talked to patrons about their health problems and just stood around doing nothing. Makes sense with there only being 3 other parties in the whole place at noon. No wonder it's never busy: The food is not Italian. My caprese sandwich was mushy, barely warm with hard bread. The artichoke soup was overly salty and had more potatoes chunks than artichoke. My friend's salad was bland and nto worth the high price. This place will nto last long.
Great Food – I agree the halibut should be a regular. Chef Wade outdid himself with this one. I eat at this establishment a tremendous amount and enjoy it every time. I highly recommend it to everyone. Keep up the great work!
Great Grilled Halibut – Downtown Hillsboro now has two fine restaurants and Tresca is one of them. I've had consistently wonderful entrees there since its opening but Chef Wade's grilled halibut last night compelled me to write. Floating amidst tarragon butter and nestled on fennel, this ample portion of Icelandic halibut coated with black spices was cooked to a perfect texture. Baby carrots complemented the dish and gave a healthful border for the buttery sauce. It's a special that needs to be on the regular menu.
Tasteless food – Have tried a number of times to visit this resturant and either they were not open or closed too early. When I finally did get in, it was not worth the wait.
The waitress was okay, did not care whether I had water let alone a menu and took a great deal of time in taking my order. Twenty minutes later after I had sat down.
Heard verbal differences coming from the kitchen, not the atmosphere one wants when dining out.
Food was not that good, lacked a true Italian flavor.
Would not reccomend to anyone else, save your money.
Better off with Ragu and Ronzoni – My husband and I decided to treat our parents to dinner tonight! We wanted to go some where close to home and remembered that we had seen what seemed to be a nice Italian restaurant in downtown Hillsboro. It was a perfect location in walking distance to our home. Upon arrival, we were seated and presented with bread that tasted like Wonder bread. We asked for a wine list and received a pathetic list of over priced wines .....only two price points $24 or $32 (for reds). We ordered the stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer which was nothing more than a mushroom cap filled with ricotta cheese.....please note it took 25 minutes to get our appetizer and you only get three for $9.00. Next, we scanned the menu for our dinner entree. Selection looked great, but don't be fooled by what you read. I can do better with a can of Ragu and a box of Ronzoni pasta. I ordered the chicken parmigiana and it was gross. The chicken was dry and looked to be reheated. The marinara sauce was completely disgusting and the pasta, which should have been al dente, was mushy. My husband ordered the white clam sauce with fettucine and sausage. OK, there was sand in his clams which made for a very crunchy meal. Come on, rinse your clams. He walked away feeling that he just ate a plate full of dirt....maybe on "Survivor" that would have been a fine meal. Our folks claimed they had a good meal but they were just being polite because we payed the bill. Dessert was surprisingly good. I'm not sure why we would move on to course number 3 but the folks wanted dessert. I believe the best part of our meal was the dessert with peaches in it....can't remember the name. So, $130 later, we feel completely robbed and taken advantage of. Please don't waste your time or your money. Macaroni Grill puts this place to shame and Old Spaghetti Factory is even 5 star compared to Tresca.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE! – Tresca had a rough start, slow service and food that didn't quite stand up to their prices. But I had heard that they had a new chef. The new chef is outstanding and really turning things around. Food quality, consistency and quanity definately surpass their new prices. The wild mushroom ravioli apetizer is mouthwatering. The house salad dressing made me want a 2nd helping. I had the chicken marsala and the sauce was perfect, the rissotto just right and the chicken moist and tender. Topped off with a great Washington Merlot. The owner said they were bringing in more local wines. Then the dessert!! A beautiful creation of grilled peaches, vanilla mousse, puffed pastry topped with a spun sugar tower. mmmmm, mmmmm. The other thing I noticed was a small town local friendliness, people stopping to talk to each other, everyone chatting and enjoying a local musician - the owner of the music store down the street - a sprinkling of laughter. The owner wandered table to table to greet customers and check on quality. This place has made a 180 degree turn. I'll definately head back again. This time I want to check out that lamb dish I saw served at the next table, it looked scrumptios!
Back on track with a new chef and entertainment – Tresca has certainly had it's share of growing pains since it opened serveral months ago. It used to boast painfully slow service, high prices and a completely incompetent "chef". Happily it now has new chef who is both experienced and responsive. His reworked menu and beautifully presented dishes are the turning point Tresca needed. In addition they now have live music on Friday evenings and a freindly crowd. This and the small bar they've added near the rear of the dining room now make this a neighborhood place that's fun to hang out. Thr prices have been lowered and they've added proper wine glasses. The service still has room for improvement, but is much better. I look forward to my next visit and trying another one of Wade's lovely sauces.
Much improved, worth another try! – Many of the previous reviewers' hopes have been answered; Tresca is under new management.
The new executive chef is highly motivated and the wait staff is settling in and feeling less pressured. The food has been re-priced (lower) and the consistency is greatly improved. The appetizer bread has a better flavor and consistency than the previous version. I love several items on their menus. The orange spinach salad is served only at dinner and the strawberry salad at lunch. The portions are large and the flavor is delicious. The biggest drawback to these is that a meat option isn't clearly offered. However, if you order a chicken breast with it, it's well worth the extra three bucks. It's a delicately seasoned, freshly prepared addition to the salad.
The Penne with sausage is a wonderful dish with just the right amount of creamy tomato sauce, sausage, and al dente penne.
I encourage all detractors to give Tresca another chance. They're really working hard to make this a centerpiece restaurant in Hillsboro.
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