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Pastini Pastaria

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1426 Ne Broadway (at 14th St.)
Portland, OR 97232
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(503) 288-4300
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Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR
Pastini Pastaria - Portland, OR

Reviews

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Best

We were in the Lloyd district on business and stopped by this place on a whim. It was incredible, I had the BUTTERNUT SQUASH-GORGONZOLA RAVIOLI and I can honestly say it is the b...

Worst

It's nice and the food is good, but charging for bread?? How hard up are they to make a buck? This just seems wrong.

Editorial review from Citysearch 10/22/2012

Great pasta! Try the gluten free noodles more

Editorial review from Citysearch 8/25/2012

Pastini is a good, solid reliable neighborhood Italian chain that does have pretty good pasta. The sauces are well done and the staff attentive. I always get fettucine!\r more

Wow! 6/6/2010

We were in the Lloyd district on business and stopped by this place on a whim. It was incredible, I had the BUTTERNUT SQUASH-GORGONZOLA RAVIOLI and I can honestly say it is the best ravioli I have ever had. I usually prefer a simple cheese ravioli but this ravioli was amazing and it was cheap too. Wow is all I can say. Pros: The Ravioli and the Martinis Cons: Small place and seating is tight more

Great Food for Reasonable Price 4/22/2010

Pastini has great italian food at a low cost. The service is great and the food comes very quickly. I go often and have for years and the service is consistant! Pros: Large Portions Cons: Small Venue more

Great Food, Low Prices! 7/17/2009

This was my first visit to Pastini and I enjoyed every minute of it. Not only was the customer service delightful but the food was awesome! I ordered a pasta dish with seafood and loved every bite of it. The portions are HUGE and I left Pastini stuffed, while paying a very affordable price. For the low prices and large quality and quality of food that you receive, I highly recommend Pastini to anyone on the fence of which Italian restaurant to visit. Our waitress was friendly and helpful with the menu considering it was my first time eating at Pastini. I can't wait to go back there again. Pros: service, quality of food, portions of food more

Great Food at a Great Price 7/1/2009

I went to Pastini for a quick business lunch last week and had a good experience. The service and food were both great. Our server was both knowledgeable and attentive. I started off with the Roasted Artichoke spread with Bruschetta. This wasn?t Olive Garden style Bruschetta?the ingredients were obviously fresh and not frozen, making for a great appetizer. For my main entr?e, I had a Tomato & Mozzarella Grilled Panini. Just like the previous mentioned item, the Panini was piping hot, and the Mozzarella was fresh. It was a taste of Italia in Portland! I highly recommend Pastini and I promise that you won?t be disappointed! Pros: Attentive Staff, Price, Food Cons: None! more

Not good 6/2/2009

Went in here on a hot afternoon and ordered salad - I know it's a pasta joint but it was too hot for pasta. Was seated at one of the raised booths along the wall, the table was so insanely wobbly we dared not drink our water. Requested another table which was met with much tutting by the staff; moved to a regular table with comments from same staff about moving us back to the wobbly one once it was fixed . The restaurant was empty apart from 3 other tables so I don't understand what the big deal was. Salad arrived, seemed old, the lettuce was limp and soaked with dressing like it had been standing un-refrigerated for some time. Bread accompanied the salad, a piece of which appeared to have been previously half eaten by someone else. Not my kind of place. Cons: Many more

Great food, service and location! 3/4/2009

I went to Pastini for lunch and had a warm welcome from the server. The atmosphere is always warm and inviting, and the food is great comfort food at a reasonable price, and less than other pasta places. I had the Capellini Pomodoro with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil. The Insalata Vedure has a delicious roasted tomato vinagrette. This Pastini is close to Lloyd Center, so a quick trip to the mall is easy before heading back out to work. I highly recommend this spot to anyone looking for service, great food and value. more

Pasta-rrific at Pastini! 1/12/2009

Pastini has great pasta choices at a great price! We go to the Broadway Pastini and love the inviting atmosphere.The lasagna has a hearty meat sauce with mushrooms, and plenty of cheese. There is something for everyone with lots of vegetarian options, and you can substitute wheat free or gluten free pasta, too! This local eatery even serves up local Pearl Bakery bread! Pasta plates are about ten dollars, which is a real deal! more

They charge for bread!!! 8/12/2008

It's nice and the food is good, but charging for bread?? How hard up are they to make a buck? This just seems wrong. more

Great food for a great price 7/23/2008

We love Pastini's! You can get a great meal plus appetizers for two for under $30. Our favorite is the Rigatoni Bolongese and the Ensalade Verde. The service is usually fast, food is hot and fresh. They have great desserts too. Pros: Good Italian food for a fantastic price Cons: Parking around Broadway is a pain, this location is one of the smaller Pastini's so can be kind of a tight squeeze--not recommended for a large group. more

They live up to their name - authentic Italian bistro! 1/25/2008

My husband and I tried the downtown Pastini?s for the first time last night and we were quite impressed. We prefer to support local restaurants and don?t particularly care for the chains. Come to find out, Pastini is locally owned & features bread from the Pearl Bakery! (And they even have a Pastini MySpace page). Pros: Fresh & authentic, very affordable more

They aren't even trying 12/14/2007

I'm not an Italian cuisine snob, but I know what is good Italian and when they aren't even trying. We tried this place out a few weeks ago and were not impressed with the sauces or the service. We decided to give it another chance this week thinking it might have been a fluke. This time I asked for a suggestion of a great dish with rich creamy sauce. The waitress had no suggestions. I went ahead and ordered a chicken pasta dish that was described to have a creamy Alfredo sauce with sun dried tomatoes. The chicken was processed cubed chicken, there was so little sauce that I asked the waitress if they had forgotten to put it on. She said, "" oh no it's there."" I then asked for a side of a little Alfredo sauce. I was brought a small watery cup of scorched milk. No apologies, no discount. The other 3 folks with us had similarly awful dishes. None of us were able to gag down even half our entree's. Why is this place often packed with customers? We will not return. Cons: Very limited parking more

They don't skimp on the scampi :) 12/9/2007

It was hard at first to decide on a Recommended rating for Pastini. Then I realized I would only be docking them points because they're a chain restaurant, a tireless machine of pasta slinging bliss. Yet, they accomplish their mission with deft organization, varied dishes, and most of all low prices. My wife got a shrimp dish and I ordered the Spaghetti Carbonara. The latter of which is a white sauce with peas, peppers, and bacon. This is where their value is, even though it was between 8 and 9 dollars for each of our plates they were hearty portions. Not just a plate full of pasta, I had a succulent mound of bacon with my creamy noodles. I ate every last bite so completely that the dish washer must have been beside himself pondering whether or not the plate had been used. The only fault on Pastini's part tonight was being a chain, they do seem to cater to the standard American palate. Entrees and salads are flavorful but devoid of any kind of spice. Caesar salad was lacking in any evident garlic or sardine aroma, and my pasta which boasted of pepper on the menu was sublime in heat. I'm a Thai food enthusiast by nature and love some soulful spice. The waitress was kind enough to bring me some crushed red pepper when queried and our food was relished. The value continues when you take a peak at the wine list. They have one of my favorites in the Cascina Castl'e --- a bottle that retails between 16-20 plus at your favorite grocery store, for a 23 dollars on the menu. Glasses range anywhere from a meager 5-6.5 and they usually do a pretty deep pour. Even with a packed house, we received a 10 minute wait. We'll definitely be going back, it's somewhere ahead of Olive Garden and Romano's--- yet not quite as polished as some of the ""real"" Italian food in town like Nostrana or Gino's. Then again, you're probably looking for Italian inspired on the cheap, and it doesn't get any better than this. Pros: Good value for good pasta. Quick seating. Generous portions for the price Cons: Italian food that hides in the closet from spice. Still retains flavor. more

time to try other Italian restaurants 11/29/2007

Been here at least half a dozen times. Today we ordered spaghetti and meatballs substituting bolognese sauce for marinara. Spaghetti & Meatballs on menu is 7.95. We were charged 9.75 for the substitution and got 1 meatball less than the menu item. If we'd ordered the bucatini with Italian sausage, 2 meatballs and bolognese sauce we'd of paid 9.75. Okay, so they don't know how to price changes. When we spoke to the head waiter, he was insistent on explaining his restaurant's policy, right down to how they measure the sauces for each dish. Bottom line, he was more invested in explaining his restaurant's policy than making us comfortable as diners: ""If you want, we can make an adjustment."" How about, ""Let me make this adjustment for you."" Difference between a return visit and a flaming review. more

Great Food, Great Service, and a Great Value - We Love it!! 10/24/2007

My wife and I love going to Pastini. We are somewhat food snobs because we dine out for lunch and dinners multiple times a week. That said, we love the food at Pastini. I have eaten nearly every dish on the menu and have always found it to be delicious. Their ingredients are fresh and their preparation is perfect. Pros: Food, Value, Ambience, Service more

Excellent service, delicious food and lively atmosphere 10/24/2007

I had a fabulous experience at Pastini last night. They were busy, but the server efficiently took our order and our food came out so fast we were astounded. I?m used to paying twice as much for less quality at other restaurants. Pros: Ambience, Service, Quality ingredients more

Just what I was looking for 7/2/2007

I was craving pasta and Pastini delivered. The waitress was friendly and attentive even after a group of 8 came in after my friend and I. I had a delicious linguine with red pepper cream sauce and chicken. My friend enjoyed his baked ziti also. I found everything to be tasty, especially the bread, and the service was good. (The price was right also.) Pros: Low prices, good service, ambience Cons: A trek to the restrooms more

overcooked, overpriced, over it 5/27/2007

As the mother of two young children, I so wanted to like this local place. I've tried it 3 seperate times, but I refuse to lower my standards this much. Pasta is consistently overcooked. Sauces are watery and minimalist, with almost no flavor. Pasta with tomato and fresh basil seemed to have 2 tablespoons of flavorless chopped tomato and one slivered basil leaf on it, oh, and a puddle of water at the bottom of the bowl. The prices, while ""low"", are still ridiculously high for what is set before you. All the dishes lack evidence of quality ingredients (where is the fruity aroma of olive oil? the richness of reduced red wine? the snap of fresh lemon? the complexity of sauteed garlic or carmelized onion?), Heaping grated cheese over everything that exits the kitchen (even the linuini with white clam sauce!) does not mask the fact that the emperor has no clothes. Pass this place by, go home and cook a package of Ronzoni to a proper al dente texture, and serve it with pantry sauce- right out of the jar, and you will have a better meal! Pros: sorry, zilch Cons: terrible food quality, prices, pretentions to authenticity more

Not Good 12/19/2006

Our dining experience was very disappointing. The food was bland and the meat in the meat sauce was extremely dry. Cesear salad was weak as well. The highlight of our meal was the beer and the bread,and according to the menu the bread actually came from the Pearl Bakery. I am amazed at the postive reviews this place has received on this site. Pros: service Cons: food, price more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    The bustling dining room with high ceilings, vintage Italian ad posters and a partially open kitchen has all the elements of a neighborhood favorite. Starters include a...

  • 7/21/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Thur 11:30 - 9 Fri-Sat 11:30 - 10 Sun 4 - 9
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Lloyd District, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Irvington

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