Portland >Porto Terra Tuscan Grill & Bar
Love this place! So yummy!. I absolutely love this restaurant. Been there about 4 times over the past 4 months. Everything I've had has been so good and so tasty, its my Italian place of choice. They have had unique daily specials everytime I went, two of the times I've been there I had the special, it sounded so good! The menu always sounds so good too, its always hard to decide. I agree with previous reviews, this place is different, they are fresh, they are delicious. Real food, so good. Fresh pasta from scratch! Thats rarer then you think. Lots of choices too, last time I went I had a choice of 3 menus: the bar menu, happy hour menu and the dinner menu. The bar menu seemed more tailored to classic bar/american italian, what your looking for in bar food. The happy hour was similiar to the bar menu as far as the style of food, but with just really cheap prices. The dinner menu is where the authentic italian come out, elegant food, rich flavors. I've only had items from the dinner menu, because they always sound so good. One of the times I went, a friend had the margarita pizza, which I believe was from either the bar or happy hour menu, and they loved it, so I'm sure everything that comes out of that kitchen is fantastic, no matter what menu. I'm getting hungry...
Wonderful restaurant, a gem of italian food!.
The food was fantastic, tasty, different. They had very good deals on there "specials" section of their website, perfect if spending an evening downtown and great if you just want to try them out. They had a special related to the symphony crowd, having a special coursed dinner at about the time you would eat before you would go to a symphony or some other activity for the evening. We did that special the first time because we actually went to a symphony, and again the following week, just because it was a wonderful meal at a great special price!
I would recommend this to anyone who wants great tuscan italian. To anyone who hasn't tried true Italian dishes and have stuck with franchises (Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill, et al.) prepare to be AMAZED. Pasta is made from scratch! No prepackage dried pasta noodles. Try to get that in any franchise. And the amount of salad and seafood oriented dishes would please anyone, along with pleasing the steak lover also of course. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
I am relatively new in Portland (8 months) and have tried a LOT of Italian in my short time here. What surprises me is even the locally owned places try to emulate the predone/over-processed concept that the franchises have done. Over sauced, over generic, over americanized Italian food. Italian food is not: pasta+thick sauce+lotta cheese+bread. It is so much more, and this is the first place that has shown me that. Fresh = Italian. This place has it.
Fantastic, tasty. Went to the Porto Terra for the first time. The menu sounded great and the reviews were great so thought I would try it out for myself. The was a lot to choose from. For appetizer we got the carpaccio and the polenta. Very very good. They had a lot of great sounding salads and pastas but I went for the filet mignon and scallops. Wife went for the gnocchi. Both were so good, we shared each others plates, I probably took more then my fair share from her. We will be back soon. Loved the food, loved the wine!
I was happy to see a wide selection of Italian dishes I don't see too often. There are far too many places out there that seem to think Italian is just pasta, lots of cheese, and thick red sauce or white alfredo sauce. My belly was excited to see real Italian oriented dishes and sides. I was originally going to go with the duck, which had a orange cherry sauce that sounded delicious, but ended up getting a pasta. I originally thought that pasta was the last thing I would try, since every Italian place I've been to thats usually the focus, and I've tried them all. Or so I thought, because there were some that had a new twist to them or even ones I never heard of. I ended up with the bolognese. Incredible flavor and different than your usual idea of Italian. Not to say this isn't Italian, this is just the Italian you've haven't been introduced to yet! Wife had the gorgonzola pasta, and aside from the obvious there was also walnuts and bacon in it. It was very good too. The homemade fresh pastas are really good, you can really tell the difference. There were other entrees that looked good to both of us, we plan on going back for sure.
For appetizer, we had the calamari and prawns lemoncello (no, we couldn't eat everything but wanted to). Both were great which raises my eyebrow when I read a previous review concerning the marinara sauce for the calamari. Ours tasted like it was just made, fresh tomatoes and herbs. It was slightly sweet, slighty spicy. It was homemade and fresh. I think when people get used to premanufactured food items, thats how they think they are supposed to be. Its not supposed to be really thick filler sauces, machine breaded cheese sticks and fried items with way to much breading. The breading isn't supposed to hide the flavor of whatever is being breaded, unlike what most american italian franchises think. Our calamari was perfect. Just enough breading to complement the taste of the calamari along with the sauces. Great restaurant!
Great Food. Great Ambiance.. I recently went there for dinner. We had the calamari to start. Delicious. Dippers were marinara and aioli. Breaded just right, great sauces. I had the maiale (pork chop), came with a mustard marscapone, calabrese sausage, and broccolini. Juicy chop, very good sides that went with it well. Friend had the Veal Tartufo, a great sauce to go with it, and fluffy truffle potatoes that were amazing. Everything was fantastic. Housemade gelato for dessert. I go in for lunch often because the food is great, the atmosphere is great, and the choices of real Italian courses are great. The menu selection from salad to pasta to entree to dessert includes the entire spectrum of tastes. Great wine selection. The dining room ambiance is great, and a lounge/bar area is available closer to the front. A great place, true Italian entrees.
Not great...don't think I'll go again.
I was optimistic...trying a new place near where I needed to be later last night...the tomato bisque soup was basically pasta sauce...same thickness, same taste. The calamari left little to be desired...greasy, not coated well and the dipping sauce...was eerily similar (yet a bit more like liquid) to the soup that I had just eaten. I will say that the olive tapanade that came w/ the complimentary bread was great...I should have stuck with more of that and maybe another dish. Brushcetta is 2 pieces of bread w/ topping...a SMALL portion for the price...
Service was slow...and it wasn't quite busy enough to merit it...overall, won't try again unless I'm feeling like giving a 2nd chance...perhaps other items on the menu are better.
A Great Dinner. My wife and I have eaten here twice and loved it both times. The service is outstanding and the food was wonderful. Even items I usually don't care for were prepared so they were flavorful and enjoyable with every bite. It was a romantic atmosphere and quieter than other places I've been for dinner. Highly reccomended.
Great upscale, professional atmosphere.
We had dinner here last night. I ordered one of their specials - unique and yummy fresh spinach pasta with porcini mushrooms (got lucky with a vegetarian special!) - and my husband ordered cioppino, which was served in a more elegant way than normal. He reports that it was excellent. We drank water, and skipped dessert. Our total bill was $38 before tip.
The service was very good. The bread and olive tapenade they brought out with our water was so good, we would have ordered it again and paid for it! It has a very classy interior, though it wasn't cozy enough to create the romantic, passion-inspiring date we were looking for. While we dined, there was a group of of six or eight that seemed to fit in just right.
Upscale Italian in the Hilton Tower hotel draws guests and locals..
The tranquil dining room with fieldstone walls, pastoral murals and comfortable banquettes hosts business people with expense accounts, hotel guests and curious locals. Later on, the bar fills up with the after-theater set. The kitchen puts out American takes on Italian cooking. Starters include crispy fried calamari with peppers and mayonnaise. Local ingredients are used in dishes like grilled asparagus salad with ice-wine vinaigrette and lobster bisque with mashed potatoes and grilled shrimp.
$12 salad should be worth it!. Just had lunch there. The improvements in the decor are to be noted as well as the excellent service we received. My rant is that the salad with a choice of meat is $12.00 and doesn't have much on it. I ordered the mixed greens with steak. It was a nice pile of greens but only had 3 small strips of steak, 3 small pieces of tomato and about a teaspoon of chevre and pine nuts. That's it....for TWELVE dollars. It was very tasty, but not worth the price. This is, unfortunately, not the only restaurant overcharging for salads.
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