Lorenzo’s
February 1, 2009

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Lorenzo’s is truly one of Portland’s best Italian restaurants.   The food is honest, simple, and fresh.  Lorenzo cares deeply about your taste buds and truly wants you to eat well and enjoy yourself.  These days you will find him back in the kitchen, cooking every dish, with the love and attention that you can see and taste in every plate.

The salads are dressed to perfection, the pasta is toothy, and the sauces are fantastico.   The restaurant itself has undergone a few changes for the better, growing up and into it’s own.  The deli style counter service has changed to full a full sit down service and the chalk board of specials is now given to you table side by a waiter, making the whole Lorenzo’s experience more relaxed and yet, somehow, more formal.

The addition of a full bar in the back, where the deli case used to be, is great for watching the action in the kitchen.  The drink specials are straight forward and absolutely affordable.

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My lunch of an organic salad tossed in red wine vinaigrette, bread with oil and vinegar, a giant rustic raviolo of the day, and a glass of Montepulciano was perfect.  The raviolo had roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, prosciutto (added for $1 more), a silky cream sauce and fresh sage and toasted almonds.  No kidding, all of this for $13.50!  I was full, happy and relaxed and spent a little time just taking it all in on the big comfy couch.

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Besides the great food, no one seemed to mind that my son, 10 months old, was with me.  In fact, you might say that Lorenzo’s and Lorenzo himself are quite child friendly.

I highly recommend the food here.

My Birthday Dinner
November 14, 2008

 



George took me and the girls (Ocia and Abra) out to dinner for my birthday. We went to Lorenzo’s at 3807 N. Mississippi Avenue of course. I can’t help myself, it’s so good.

Go and eat, really.
If you’ve been before go again.  There have been some really nice changes made to the front of the house.

Go now.

Eat.

Seriously.

Bar Convivium February 19 49/366
February 20, 2008

Bar Convivium

http://www.myspace.com/barconvivium

535 NW 16th Ave.
Portland, OR 97210
503.284.6200

Lorenzo Daliana strikes again. This time he’s on the edge of the Pearl and he’s opened a bar! The food is bar fare, with a twist (you’ll see) and the atmosphere is smoke free and clean and warm and inviting. Scattered all around on table tops are games like yahtzee, scrabble and backgammon; there is a shuffle board, pinball and pool! The whole place sends out that comfortable vibe that makes you feel like you ought to stay a while, have a bite, and relax. Try going to happy hour, between 5-7 for 25% off the food menu! Did I mention that the kitchen is spotless. So nice.

The Menu:
Basic Burger and Fries 7
Grilled Bratwurst with Baked Beans and Chips 9
Seared Ahi Tuna and Avocado in Inari Pockets
with Sticky Rice and Asian Spinach Bamboo Salad 9
Grilled Marinated Flank Steak
with Fries and a Bleu Cheese Green Salad 10
Portabella and Asiago Raviolo
with Caesar Salad and Focaccia 9
BBQ Tofu Sandwich
with Coleslaw and Fries 7
Chicken Breast Tacos (2) 3
Baked Brie with Roasted Garlic 5
Veggie Dog with Kraut and Chips 4
Pork and Vegetable Pot Stickers
with Sweet Chili or Spicy Soy Sauce 5
Caesar Salad with Focaccia 5
with grilled chicken breast add 2
French Fries 4
Chips and Salsa 4

I had the Baked Brie with Roasted Garlic, which also came with water crackers. The Brie Wedge is roasted until it’s melted through and roasted garlic cloves are sprinkled around it and topped with good olive oil and a little pepper. Simple, easy, and super yummy.
I also tried the Seared Ahi Tuna and avocado in Inari Pockets. This dish is for people who like to play with their food! The Tuna is seared and diced and tossed with the avocado in a little soy and stuffed into little tofu pockets. Seasoned perfectly on it’s own, however, try adding a little of the siracha and pickled ginger and a few bamboo shoots to a pocket, and the flavors build. Keep adding and combining till you run out of food.

I’m pregnant right now, and so, I wasn’t able to try out any of the house drinks, this time around. I had the ginger ale, and it was very perfect. According to other bloggers and food reviewers, the Manhattan rocks! There is a wine selection but I forgot to get that info. Go find out yourself. Here’s the mixed drink menu either way.

The Drink Menu:
Hot Roman Soldier
Tia Maria and coffee with a float of sambuca and whipped cream
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Bridge City Blueberry Tea
Stash Orange Tea with Di Saronno Amaretto and Cointreau
7
Manhattan Rose
Makers Mark Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters, and two Amarena Cherries
8
Old Fashioned
Muddled Orange, Cherries and Sugar, shaken with Jim Beam and served on the rocks.
6
Singapore Sling
Beefeater Gin, Slow Gin, Orange Juice, Cherry Brandy and House made Sour, served in a pint
6
Chintuckey
Makers Mark Bourbon, and San Peligrino Chinoto, served on the rocks.
7
Zombi
Sailor Jerry Rum, Orange and Pineapple Juices, and a float of Bacardi 151
7
Negroni
Campari and Beefeater Gin with a Splash of Sweet Vermouth, shaken and served with a twist
7
Drop
Stoli Citros with House Made Sour, Sugar Rim and a Cherry
7
Angel Martini
Monopolowa Vodka with Frangelico, Grand Marnier, and a drop of honey.
7
Red Racket
Cranberry, Grapefruit, and Cherry Juice with a Splash of Soda over ice.
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The prices are very right! Where else in the Pearl can you eat and drink for those kinds of prices? Just think of how many $10 mixed drinks you’ve had in the Pearl that were mediocre at best. No more!

The Haps at Bar Convivium:

Faggottron every 4th Friday! With Rad! Solomon and guests. For more about this go http://www.myspace.com/solomondj

Bingo! Seriously, I forgot when, so you ought to call and find out.

There are prizes! Lorenzo even hams it up. It could be fun!
SIN Poker Night.! I can’t remember if he told me when this was going to be for sure, but this would be awesome! You should call and harass the staff for SIN Poker night info!

Jesus Shut up!
Ok fine. Ok, just go. The prices are great, the staff is good looking, and the cook will give you yummy bratwurst, and all the while you can play a game of pool or shuffleboard, etc. The music was great Very appropriate for the atmosphere.

This could be the coolest place to be this summer. I’m just sayin’.

Go.

Visit Lorenzo’s, Lorenzo’s other kitchen on Mississippi!

http://www.myspace.com/lorenzoskitchen