Portland >Food & Dining > Lorenzo's Pasta Bella
709 SW 17th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.521809 -122.689341
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Goose Hollow
What a great find!!!! – What a great find!! When we got there we were promptly seated. Our meals were served salads were great , have the antipasto mista - it was fantastic. Our meals were fantastic, very flavorful with generous portions.Everything was perfect, we will be back soon!!!
Really bad service, Overpriced – Pretty good food but the service was terrible. My dining companion and I had to ask for water twice. Our salads took 45 minutes to the table. My companion asked for a second glass of wine with dinner. By the time she got it, she was half way through the meal....it took over 10 minutes and while waiting, the waitress was filling other peoples water glasses, not serving food. . My companion had to walk up to the "bar" to request the glass of wine for a second time. A glass of wine, salad and plate of gnochi was $25. While $25 is not excessive, there is no bread served with the salad and no meat in the pasta....... It took over an hour and a half to get the food. For the price, I expect much better service........get an extra waitress on a Saturday night for goodness sake!
Best little Italian joint in Portland! – This is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland -- Old School Italian with a cosy atmosphere and friendly personal service. It's even a little bit romantic, especially with the live music on Sunday nights. The food is very authentic and delicious, owing the flavors to high quality, fresh ingredients and keen attention to seasonings. My favorite dish is the Pasta Gregorio (spaghetti with walnuts, spinach, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and other wonderful flavors, including white wine maybe). I don't know why the previous reviewer can't enjoy a meal in a place that has a photo of Frank Sinatra on the wall, but Pasta Bella is very clean and friendly, and serves wonderful food at very reasonable prices.
It's just a freak show.. – I hate restaurants that is covered with picture of dead people on the wall....Is certanly not appealing to me and does not put me in a good mood for food..The place is dirty and the chitchen is directly open to the main building garage..(sanitary????)The wine was avaliable at a discount price at Safeway. The food was without flavor...no wonder nobody was there...
Glad we decided to check this palce out.... – Although I have visited most of the downtown restaurants over the years, somehow I had missed this one. Looking at the place from the outside I really did not have high expectations as the layout is quite strange for a restaurant, from the outsdie it looks more like a coffee shop.
Once inside, we were greeted right away and seated just as quickly. The table was a bit cramped for my taste but I could live with it as the place is rather small with a lot of tables for the amount of space. The waitress was very friendly and patient as we took a while to look over the menu and wine list.
We settled on our meals, ordered one salad to split as the the salad portions are huge.
Everything about the meal itself was great, the food was well balanced, at the proper temperture and had an excellent presentation.
Althoug this was a Saturaday night, the owner took the time to come around to the tab,le and introduce himself and make small talk with us, he even stated that "if we ever put something in front of you, that you don't like, please let us get you something else", I really felt that was pretty special and even if I had no other reason to go back there again, I would, just to say hi to Lorenzo. The only thing that could have made this meal any better was if the restaurant expanded to allow a little more "elbow room", you know a little more room to have a private conversation instead of feling like you are at the same table with everyone else in the place.
A hidden treasure – Who would of thought that a place in a non descript building next to the Oregonian would be a culinary experience that one finds usually at restaurants twice the price. The food has a freshness and care to detail found in much hgher end restuarants. I highly recommend this to people out for some great Italian food in a casual atmoshere.
Editorial Review – Italian restaurant with authentic food and charm, featuring tons of family recipes and photos.
One of the best restaurants on the MAX Line! – I didn't know what Lorenzos was for a while. The owner would occasionally come into my work and buy ingredients for his restaurant. I enjoyed talking to the owner, and I was invited to come into the restaurant. I lived by the restaurant for so long, and I walked by it all the time.
Eventually, I did dine there with my roommate one day. It was amazing. The outdoor seating is a great feature of this place. It is the best time to go. Their waiters and waitresses are always so knowledgeable and polite. They recommend the best wines and enjoy what they do. The food is spectacular. Everything is fresh, and the wait is never too long. Lorenzo and his family are such nice people. He often serves us personally, and he even makes conversation with us if time allows. It is such a great experience everytime I go there. It is definitely worth every penny.
Excellent service, Italian atmosphere and food – Just another Italian restaurant. Warm and cordial atmosphere has disappeared with the sale and the food quality is now average.
Awesome – Pasta Bella is truly a family-run restaurant. They will take excellent care of you. If you want to sample the wine, just ask. I went for my birthday and the owner personally talked with me and wished me well, then gave me a complimentary glass of wine. The food is excellent but the service is really the deciding factor.
Don't miss Pasta Bella.
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