250 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR | Directions 9712345.522296 -122.986833
Bad Mistake – If I could give this "0" stars, that is what my rating would be.
While wanting to treat my dad with a nice birthday meal, a friend suggested "Tresca's". It looked great as we walked in but upon ordering the food, that was about all that was great. It took them about 30 minutes to bring out our appetizer. About an hour later, we then received our meal. I ordered a meat calzone. They did not mention that the sausage is served on the side. There was no pizza sauce in it either. All it was is plenty of cold cheese wrapped in a calzone. My dad's fettuccine was served cold as we watched it sit on the counter for approx 25 minutes before it was brought to the table. The reason...they wanted to serve all meals together. My wife did not get what she ordered and ended up waiting another 45 mins for her food. NO JOKE! The meal that was originally served to her was then consumed by our waitress at the table next to us as we were eating. They also did not bring out our bill when asked. When asking for a bottle of wine, they chill it in a water pitcher filled with ice. They serve the wine in water glasses because it is "how they do it in Italy" according to our waitress. After advising management that we were not happy w/the meal and service, we were apologized to an was told that our waitress was ill. What is she serving food for if she is ill? I agree with a previous review that management was definitely the problem at this restaurant. I will never go back nor would I recommend anybody go back until the current management is no longer in charge.
Why drive to Portland if you don't have to? – We ate at this restaurant for the first tme 6 weeks ago. Tonight will be our third time back and first experience with the new chef. We are also excited to see and experience the new bar. The food is consistently delicious and well prepared. The service staff is friendly and is still working on the bumps of menu and wine knowledge. They are bit on the casual side and visit at your table more than most restaurants you would expect, however, we happen to like it. It is a neighborhood restaurant with a neighborhood feel but still has food as good as you can get in downtown Portland. I say try it!
New York Italian in attitude only. – What I treat, my wife and I thought, a new italian restaurant in quaint downtown Hillsboro. Dinner and a pleasant drive in the country. Let me first state that the wait-staff did their best and were pleasant. To them I give thanks. We lived in New York for over thirty years and I know the cuisine well. Quite frankly, I've had better food at "Italian night" at a greasy spoon buffet than there. Pasta was done unevenly, and sauces that come from outdated generic cans taste better. My sensitive wife overheard what she said was a severe scolding given to a member of the wait-staff, which she described as a terrible over reaction. She lobbied to cancel and leave then, I talked her into at lease trying the food. My mistake. Management problems seem to be the culprit. Try Tresca when you see a new management sign, not until. Sorry folks, but that's the way our experience (ordeal) went. (:-[ )
New York style italian – I really enjoyed the food. It's not the usually west coast italian they try to call New York Italian. I love the bruscehetta freshly baked bread and fresh mozzarella. My wife have the artichoke spinach dip with the fresh baked bread, wish we had more of that one. The Alfredo sauce and pasta I would highly recommend but I would have them add chicken next time. My wife had the chicken marsala with extra sauce and mushrooms. It was wonderful.
The dessert we shared which was a two cannoli's and each were dunked in half chocolate and rolled in pistachos. The staff is new and still working out the kinks but all in all it was great!!! Reservations if you come on the weekends.
I hope they improve – I love having an upscale restaurant on Main Street in Hillsboro, so I was dying to try Tresca when it opened. I've been to Tresca twice on weeknights. However, both times the service was slow (45+ min from ordering to entree served) with no explanation which may be fine for the Pearl but not for Hillsboro, and their wait staff can't answer simple questions about the menu. Their bread was disappointing, not flavorful and of grocery-store quality. Their antipasto plate was quite tasty. Their crab & shrimp cannelloni is amazing. Their scallops are served with a salty white sauce, but are otherwise good. The eggplant parmesan is served over linguini, but the eggplant was a little undercooked (crisp) in spots. Their cannolis are good and handfilled, if you can stand to wait 20 minutes for them. All in all, Tresca had a lot of promise. If they can just improve the wait-staff quality (menu knowledge, filling water glasses, removing appetizer plates quickly, bringing the check when asked) and make consistently good food, they will succeed. For now, if you want Italian in Hillsboro, go to Bugatti?s.
I really want to like it... – I really want to like this place. It's near my house and it's a cute little place. I don't even mind the higher prices, as long as I'm getting something that I like! The first time I went there was for dinner, I got the Sicilian salad ($9) and my husband got a bowl of Tuscan Bean Soup ($5). For an appetizer, they served some type of focaccia bread with a basil/garlic type of butter.
The appetizer was good. The salad was extremely small and the toppings very scant for $9.. they were even missing some of the toppings that the menu claimed it came with. To me, even in a more upscale restaurant, that salad should not have cost more than $4 or $5. My husband enjoyed the soup.
The next time we dined there for lunch. I got the Prosciutto and Provolone Panini ($9), and my husband ordered the soup again, and we split them. The "Panini" consisted of ONE thin, chewy slice of prosciutto and one thin slice of cheese, between two pieces of white toast. Since I couldn't bite through the prosciutto, I gave the whole thing to my husband and I ate the soup. At least a drink came with the panini and we got refills.
I really want to like this place, but they are making it very difficult. I may give it another chance, someday, and try some of the pasta or something.. but for now, I think I'll skip it.
Editorial Review – Italian restaurant blends tradition with a distinct modern style.
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