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01/18/12Provided by Citysearch
How Great A Gluten Free place For Me!
My husband and i came here by chance and it was pretty busy which is always a good sign. We were exccited there seemed to be a good buzz about the tables and the warmth of the room itself. Our Waitress came over and told us thier specials and explained that he could tweak entrees or other dishes to be gluten free. I love this because she really seemed excited to have us rather than be bothered like other places in the recent past. I had the calamari which was amazing best by far that i can remember. my husband ordered the pork for an entree and i chose the gluten free pasta with the lamb ragu. This is by far some of the best pasta That i can remember since i have been celiac in 8 years now. Thank you for taking such great care and making me feel special rather than the outcast that has made a silly dietary choice by trend.
Divine NYE dinner. My wife and two of our friends dined at Iorio on NYE, They had special menu which exceeded our expectations. We were greeted with champagne and an additional starter. The Gnocchi melted in my mouth. Pure heaqven. We had one of each lobster and scallop ravioli, eggplant and 2 osso bucco. We were so full. They went out of their way to treat us like royalty. Our entire meal was a great start to 2012.
Wonderful Italian experience.
I was not sure where to go, a business client recommended this jewel. I am simply Italian i like great food, good people to enjoy it with and a subtle charm in the atmosphere and experience. The restaurant is quaint and warm with the cutest farm paintings on the walls. The service was smooth and made our ordering experience more unique by suggesting that we share courses rather than the regular way most people dine out. Pasta were wonderfully fresh like my mothers and the lamb and pork were so succulent and flavorful yet simple. This is the closeest to Italy I have found from the plating of nice full portions to wonderfully fresh ingredients. This is the first italian place that I have eaten at that we enjoyed and I did not feel hungry later and I really am looking forward to the lamdb next time that I do not have to share!
12/04/11Provided by Citysearch
This review is only for the Host with the obnoxious facial hair.
First, the restaurant that's Italian, not French, stop being haughty and a total snob.
Second, when I do exactly as you say-come on sunday at 5 pm and I won't need to make a reservation, don't give me an attitude that I haven't made a reservation, b/c all I did was follow your terrible advice. Be able to anticipate an increase in traffic when your groupon is about to expire (like every other business owner).
I understand that groupon isn't the best thing, but the idea is to drum up new business and you signed yourself up for it, so you're the only one to blame. I will never spend any money at this establishment and am actively working to get a refund on my groupon b/c I do not want a single cent going to this business.
11/19/11Provided by Citysearch
I had previously visited Iorio and enjoyed the atmosphere, relaxed pace of service and the food. However, the last two times I have made reservations errors were made which required that we (first time a group of 4, second time , 5) make other plans. First problem: I called to make a reservation for 7:30 , was told there were none available...then at 7:30 at the alternative location I received a message asking me where I was..my table was ready! Second time: I used the Open Table online reservation to book several days in advance. I received a call the day of my reservation, saying that Iorio was overbooked and we could not be accommodated after all. My advice: double confirm your reservation!
11/14/11Provided by Citysearch
We genuinely enjoyed getting to know Iorio last night for my wife's birthday adventure.
It was a great night out, our waiter was personable, informative, and attentive for the entire evening. The courses came out at a brisk but unhurried pace, arriving as we were ready for them. The calamari is excellent, the best we've had in/around Portland, and we've tried quite a few. Two really nice, contrasting sauces enhanced the experience.
We had a nice house cocktail each and found a very good sangiovese on the short but well considered wine list, at a reasonable restaurant price instead of twice retail.
The ravioli was tender, flavorful and well matched to its sauce. My fish special was tender, succulent and well matched to the accompanying vegetables. My wife had the pulled pork with polenta and it was spectacular, and generally I see polenta as something to avoid.
Hand rolled cannoli for my wife, and a marvelous concoction of gelato, hazelnut liqueur and espresso for me.
We were seated promptly, right on time, and were not hurried along by the staff. A really perfect night on the town. Iorio is as good as it sounds.
02/23/11Provided by Citysearch
We went Iorio based on City Search review last weekend. Normally I would never do such a think but we were pleasantly surprised. The food was amazing. I would recommend the Butternut Squash and Calamari appetizers. The Ragout of Lamb was heaven and to top it all off, just out of the oven chocolate chip cookies. We also loved the friendly, which seems to be hard to find these days in Portland. We will be coming back soon.
I went on a blind date and was told to go to iorio restaurant. New to me so why not it is all for the experience right. I truly have to tell others it was like being back in Italy just simply great. The date not so good but I feel I really came out the winner for finding iorio and by eating more, I had to do less talking and could just loose myself in the food. I think my date wanted to be exposed to food that is styled and touched by too many hands where like herself has never traveled to Italy since that is not the point in either place. Wonderful dinner new date needed for next reservation. I really am disappointed that they have been around for so long and I did not find out about them sooner.
01/17/11Provided by Citysearch
Booked with reservation with colleagues based on it being rated Best in Portland...The service was great, but the food was a huge disappointment. The calamari was great, fresh and tender. But the gnocchi that was described as 'homemade fresh gnocchi with truffle oil and parmesan'. The gnocchi came and was in fact, deep fried and covered in pesto. Even though I don't particularly like pesto, I decided to try it. It tasted like a ball of oil. Maybe the oil wasn't hot enough; but I've never had gnocchi deep fried, so it's hard to say. The ragout of lamb came to the table cold and rather bland. The butternut squash pizza would have been better if the squash had been cooked thoroughly enough to spread.
HOWEVER...the waiter was gracious and understanding when I sent the gnocchi back and offered me anything else on the menu. I replaced it with the broccoli cream soup which was good. He didn't charge me for either entree...so I would say it was worth trying again. At least they care enough to not cop an attitude and do the right thing.
01/02/11Provided by Citysearch
We went here for my birthday last night and were very disappointed. This place has such great reviews which is confusing, so I'm wondering if we went on an off night. We ordered the calamari appetizer that tasted fishy to me. I thought it was the worst calamari that I've ever eaten, but my husband liked it...maybe because he covered up the taste with lots of dipping sauce. I also ordered the beet salad which I thought was good, but not fabulous. The yellow beets and goat cheese on the salad were delicious, but this was a small portion of the salad. The rest of the salad was ordinary. Our entrees were the gnocchi, which came with a super bland gloppy cream sauce, and the fresine with meatballs that had too little, bland sauce and dry meatballs. My husband woke up this morning with an upset stomach. I can't help, but wonder if that calamari was bad.
11/17/10Provided by Citysearch
We went to Iorio for my wife's birthday, and were very impressed with the incredible specials of the day, as well as the service. When I called to make the reservation I was asked if I had any dietary needs. My wife is a vegetarian, but that's usually pretty easy to figure out, but it was a nice touch.
The specials of the day included multiple vegetarian options: roasted tomato bisque, gnocchi in a roasted pepper cream sauce, and vegetable ravioli in a pesto cream sauce. We ended up sharing the gnocchi, which were perfectly cooked, with an order of foccaccia with a yummy butternut squash spread. Then we shared a bowl of the bisque and a beet salad, with red and golden beets, gorgonzola and a house-made goat cheese. Wow - I *loved* this salad!
Then I had the pork and my wife had the vegetable lasagna. The pork was so delicious, and I kept raving over how good it was during dinner, that my wife was almost tempted to try it just to shut me up. It was slightly on the sweeter side with a Madeira wine braise, and came with roasted vegetables and fried polenta. My wife's lasagna was filled with vegetables, the house marinara and lots of cheese, and was quite delicious, but I couldn't get past my pork! Then we shared the flourless chocolate cake, which was on the small side, but super-decadent, and a nice finish to a beautiful dinner.
Our server was terrific, and made sure we were never wanting for anything. Our waters were always full, as were our wine glasses! Needless to say, we will definitely be back, and may even try to bring the kids, since they have a nice kid's menu.
04/03/10Provided by Citysearch
Chef Chris Thompson has done an incredible job of presenting excellent Italian Food that compares with the East Coast Italian Dining Experience. We were asked when making our reservation, if anyone in our party had a food allergy the chef should be aware of. A huge bonus before we even arrived. When arriving, we were greeted by a delightful hostess who seated us right away even though our dining companions were running a little late. Erin, (our charming, beautiful, intelligent, and personable waitress was marvelous) assured us not to worry and we had wine and some of the best calamari ever while waiting. When our friends arrived, they were seated immediately and had wine and salad, after which our orders were taken for entrees. Two lasagnas, one catch of the day, and one pasta specialty of the house with Italian sausage. All four, perfectly prepared, served eye appealingly, and delish beyond words.
I was invited to come back to the kitchen to meet the chef after offering our compliments via Erin, and apprising her that I was a retired certified exec chef and culinary arts teacher (retired after 40 years) in Philadelphia. Chirs and I became immediate friends during which time he has invited me to go fly fishing with him when his schedule permits. I can assure you we will be regular faces at Iorio. I give it one of the best of the best.
02/16/10Provided by Citysearch
I had came upon this restaurant a few times while looking for a great place to eat outside of the downtown Portland area. We live in the Pearl but prefer to find fine dining outside the downtown area. Took my girlfriend to Lorio for Valentines Day since it was rated with high marks. They had a great deal for dinner so I was able to walk away spending just over a $100. We had to wait about five minutes to be greeted behind a curtain as you enter so nobody would ever know you were standing there unless you peeked around the curtain. There was some confusion on where to seat us so the lady was shuffling names around as we both waited patiently. The atmosphere is pretty cool so I can see how it was rated one of the ""most romantic restaurants"" in Portland. The food was delicious and the drinks were pretty tasty. I am not a demanding customer and all I really expect is to be check on once in awhile as well as keep my beverage filled. Unfortunately, this didn't happen. Our waiter checked on us only one time but made sure his other tables were happy. We waited 15 minutes after we had finished dinner for him to clear our table and bring desert. Both of us made eye contact but apparently he didn't see the signal. Again, most of his time was talking to other customers or standing at the bar.
10/22/09Provided by Citysearch
I am simple and to the point. Coming from a NYC Italian **** background cooking w/the best and power players on the Food Network back in the 90's I know what I am talking about.
You enter into a red rose basically. Nice art. Not frilly fancy. Smart, simple, clean w/a glow y ambiance.
Our food. The $2 bean antipasto was my fave, nice light dress and near and dear to me, garbanzos. The butternut squash spread and foccocia was heavenly, and less caloric than butter.
The vegetable lasagna was perfection. My friend had the ravioli of the day. I highly recommend this restaurant and the prices are very fair. Great for a 1st date i would think. Ciao all, come get a falafel too at fat Kitty Falafel!
PORTLAND'S best handmade italian.
- Regular Hours
Wed - Sun:
- Family Style Restaurants, Caterers, Cocktail Lounges, Italian Restaurants, Pizza, Restaurants
- Italian restaurant opened in 2005 specializing in hand made pastas and using ALL local product and grass FED meats. We make gluten free gnocchi and pasta daily.
- Payment Options
- Price Range
- Hosford-Abernethy, Buckman, Southeast Uplift
- Other Information
Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Bike Parking: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Specialties: Holiday Parties, Fairs, Openings, Festivals, Celebrations
Price Range : Average