Portland >Food & Dining > Caro Amico Italian Cafe
3606 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9723945.497104 -122.678687
Neighborhoods: Southwest Neighborhoods Incorporated, Corbet - Terwilliger - Lair Hill
Bad Italian night.wrrrrrrrr – Caro Amico is great dont get me wrong, but I was their on wednesday night.10-26-2011, and i order the angel hair pasta with pesto sauce and sausage, but all i got was a pile of crap on my plate,The angel pesto look like glue on my plate, so dry, no taste what so ever, I really dont know if the girl they have cooking knows how to cook.and is not the first time, i had this happen to me. I been here alot ,I always order the pizza,
but this night i wanted to have something different with my friends,but i dont think ill be changing my mind anytime soon, In my opinion,i will stick with the pizzas, they are soooo goood.
I didn't invite the in-laws, Thank goodness. – Three years ago I told everyone "Caro Amico is the best Italian food in the city". Tonight, I brought the family down for the first time in a two years. Pathetic! What happened?! Canalloni was terrible; the filling looked like something from the grassy hill part of waterfront park. 7 raviolis no side? Were those prawns boiled before they went into the scampi? My wife said "We should have just gone to Olive Garden".
( Sigh. )
Used to be amazing, now it sucks.
Perhaps, Meglio tirare a campare che tirare le cuoia.
Great Atmosphere – I have been here quite a few times and I love the bar most of all. If you get a chance to sit in the upper dining area, the view is great!
The pizza is great and so are the calzones!
It's a great location off Barbur and the Ross Island bridge is real close for the SE Folks.
I have always had great servce!
Oooh, Be Careful--Better Places – Good service, and OK bread. That's it for the positives. Overpriced (wayyy!) and small portions, skimpy on cheese (I had the Calzone and it was mostly marinara sauce and raw veggies inside--really pretty awful). Chicken Piccata was $19, and chicken was flavorless--alfredo was floury. The $21 Baked ravioli with shrimp, again was smothered in red sauce and only had five small ravioli with little to make it anything beyond amateur chefish. The "jumbo" stuffed mushrooms were each about an inch wide, and had about 1/2 teaspoon of stuffing. I was appalled at this meal, and will never return to or suggest this restaurant. The people who gave good reviews have probably not had good italian food. The Macaroni Grill happy hour food was far superior to this and was about $12 total.
Great Food and Pizza – We have been there 30+ times since the late 70's and have never had a bad meal or service. The drinks are also always good. Parking can be tight on some nights and so is the seating in the main dining area. But overall the food is the reason to go there, and it's sister restaurant in NE PDX, Amalfi's on Fremont.
My favourite pizza – So many ways to build the perfect pizza...how many places have capers and salmon as topping options?
The ambience is cozy and warm, there is a great patio for summertime dining with a lovely view. So far, I'm addicted to the pizza, but one of these days, I'm going to branch out and try something else off the tempting menu.
Service is adequate; I can't complain, but I can't muster a cheer either. It was good enough. The food is what keeps me coming back.
Great food, great service! – I have recently started frequenting Caro Amico now that they are open for lunch and I love it! The food is always great and you get your money's worth. They have excellent specials and the setting is very cute. Excellent food and I always get excellent service when I go. Their lunch menu is extensive and is very reasonably priced. Check them out if you love italian food!
Terrible Service! – I used to live in PDX and go here, so on a recent trip had to check it out again. The service was horrible. Our food came out COLD, and had to be sent back for re-heating. We were put upstairs and forgotten. At one point, we hadn't seen our waitress in over 1/2 hour, and I had to go downstairs and find her. I couldn't believe how bad the service was, as I always loved the place.
#1 Best Italian in Portland!! – I can not express my absolute LOVE for Caro Amico's. My husband and I have been to nearly every restaurant in the Portland area and if you are looking for absolutely amazing Italian food, Caro Amico's is the spot. The servers are friendly and attentive and have great recommendations. If you see the Seafood Cannelloni on the specials menu, do NOT pass it up! Caro Amico's will remain TOP ITALIAN on our list!
caro amico is a good friend of the noosh. – caro amico is a personal favorite of one noosh. in fact, he's never had a bad meal or even anything close. every salad is delicious and each dish is hand crafted with precision (and a sprinkle of love). the service is fit for royalty and as king of food critics, the noosh can appreciate some of that, eh. the noosh reccomends dining in the bar for a slew of reasons, including a great TV for watching sports, more personal/chatty service, a "happy hour" menu that has smaller renditions of favorites from the full menu and who doesn't like being surrounded by so much booze. bring a wheelchair, because you are going to need to be rolled out post meal. good day.
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