Anyone else notice that all of the outraged responses to this review are from commenters who signed up specifically to write these comments defending this one restaurant? (One of them later commented on another food article the following day.) More than one of these people accused the writer of this review of having hidden motives, but it seems like that charge could be just as easily made about these various pseudonyms who've rushed to sign up to angrily defend this restaurant.
As a professional food photographer, I am sometimes overly critical of presentation and 'freshness' of food served to me. Living just a few blocks from Piattino, I have visited more than a few times and have noticed/experienced the service and food. As mentioned above it seems you ordered an extraordinary amount, perhaps too much to be objective. I have never had a single problem with any meal but i know it would be replaced or credited if I had. I see absolutely nothing wrong with an owner who tries to remember customers names or even hovers to please. Next time, cut down on the drinks and limit the plates to 3 or 4 select dishes. Maybe you'll discover a different Piattino.
This is UNBELIEVABLE and an outrage! This restaurant has been my the go to in good times and the bad, terrible times (and unfortunately there have been a lot more of those lately) and I've never, ever had anything other than delicious, nutritious, and ambitious food here and I'm not being superstitious when I say your review was down right malicious and pernicious. For shame sir, I will not be "consuming" your food reviews any longer, but I will be consuming the food here as long as they continue to serve it. Good day.
I'm willing to bet that Mr. Onstad has "about 13 meals" at most, if not all, of the restaurants he's planning on reviewing. Sounds kind of like he wants to be, I don't know, thorough, or something.
Is he "on the take" or "a competitor"? Why, because he doesn't like certain things about this place (for reasons that he spells out quite clearly)? So that must mean he's got an ulterior motive, and not that he's simply telling the truth about how he feels? OK. Have you read any of his other reviews? Even with places that he otherwise gushes about, if there's a little something amiss, he has no qualms about ruthlessly noting it along with his praises.
It's a review, stupids. That is, it's an opinion, albeit an educated one. There's no "wrong" or "right". This is what he is paid to do. And this is why we're all here. Why else would we be reading? If we want some cursory, unprofessional, biased, everybody-gets-a-trophy puff piece, we can just go to Yelp or to the homepage of the restaurant in question.
Despite the fact that my own particular opinions about (all) things are more correct than anyone else's (you people probably [wrongly] assume the same about yours), I'm still interested in hearing Mr. Onstad's, and said interest would drop off to being non-existent if I thought for a second that he was doing anything other than calling things the way he sees them.
(Full disclosure: I'm pretty sure that i haven't eaten at more than one or two of the establishments he's reviewed during his tenure with the Mercury, regardless of what he's thought about them -- I primarily subsist on beer and tobacco -- I'm just here for the good, impassioned writing...and to get all pissy with you pissy-ass commenters.)
This review is completely off the mark. I have been a customer since it opened. The food is fantastic and I have had all the dishes you reviewed. The hen was perfect in color and had a savory flavor. The pizzas are cooked perfectly and large enough I have yet to finish one. Sounds to me like you are a competitor or just someone who likes to rain on someone else's parade. I look forward to my lunch there each week and it is one of the few places frequent in the pearl.
This article sounds like it was written by the restaurant next door. Is Chris Onstad on the take? How long was the “travel-writing trip"? It sounds like he had about 13 meals at this restaurant. The pizzas are too small? Look at the pictures of them and judge for yourself. Maybe Chris should look at the portion sizes he is eating. Please try Piattino for yourself. I have been there many times and do not feel the same as this author.
@Doug Bruhnke HA HA HA! That is such an awesome picture of you! Did you get featured in an in-flight magazine? And did you take a picture of it with your flip phone? You are so funny! I love your sense of humor! It's NUMBER ONE!
I wonder how could you eat all those dishes in one visit. I echo the previous comment that your review is quite off the mark and I wonder if there are ulterior motives at play. I have been for several meals at Piattino and have found the plates beautifully presented, flavorful, and well balanced. I am excited to have such a warm and welcoming restaurant in my neighborhood and I will continue to frequent Piattino, as I encourage others to do the same.
This is one of the worst, off-the-mark food reviews I've ever read. Totally wrong, on every level. I'm insulted that someone could read this and get such a wrong impression. Piattino aspires to be an affordable, friendly, and tasty neighborhood Italian place - and hits the mark perfectly. The owner has experience with over 10 restaurants in Paris and London, and it shows. The pork belly tortellini was wonderful, and the service #1. We'll be back!
The staff was jabbering?. In non english gobbledygook? Did the oompa loompas not assemble when you snapped your thumb against your index finger?
Thank you Portland Mercury team, thank you Mr. Chris Onstad for trying to help " Little People" like you said " Don't Forget the Little People ". We need people like you to spread the world and let people know they can find unique, delicious food even if is prepared in a little food carts. Best Regards, Marinela Luminita Dragan.
I love P's & Q's! It's so nice to be able to stock up on well-priced necessities, only 2 blocks away--solved 2 things we needed here in Woodlawn: a quality breakfast place and a market with reasonable fresh goods.
Onstar I have grown weary of you.
Bringith the newest food jester NOW
This place is quite good, even more so since they added beer. The permanent honey bucket bathroom is definitely weird.
The tamales really are the best I've had in Portland. They are delicate, moist and are topped with an amazing tomato sauce. And you must try the Relleno Negro. You'd never guess the sauce is made with charred chilis.
I always tease Manny and say, "Gosh Manny what is it about your burritos that always has people coming back for more?" Next to my mothers Yucatan cuisine, Manny's cooking is the best!
Have you met the Bees?
OK, that was too much. Ignore two of my comments.
By "natto" do you mean nattō, Chris?
My uncle's nose is unmistakably similar to Marmite as well, but you don't hear him bragging about it.
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