will be in portland soon for several days. have not seen any of these restaurants on the chowlist. cocina nuestra, lovely hula hands, ned ludd,ciaovito,nostrana and lincoln. anyone familiar please give it up
Nuestra Cocina and Lovely Hula Hands are both very good. Nuestra is upscale Mexican and one of my favorites in town, I have never had a bad experience there. I haven't tried Ned, or Nostrana. Ciaovito is just OK in my opinion, I've eaten there several times and nothing really won me over. I have only had apps at Lincoln and while the atmosphere is gorgeous, I did not love the food. The portions were very small and the menu was just a little off to me, nothing really sounded great (unusual combinations) whereas Clyde Common is a similar concept but the menu and food are really great. So there is my opinion for what it's worth!
I really like Nostrana. Good food, good wine list and drinks, good prices. If they have a whole fish special, it's a sure bet. Love their salad (which you mix yourself adding as much salt/pepper/oil/vinegar as you want) which is enough or 3-4 to share. And I love the butterscotch budino on the dessert menu. I think it is one of the best places in town at its price point.
Lincoln is fine but not overly exciting and overpriced IMHO. You should check out their happy hour though if you are in the area.
Nostrana is a good NW classic. My favorite of your list is Ned Ludd.It's just...good. The only one on your list that I haven't tried is Lincoln.
Lovely Hula Hands is now closed, FYI. I am pretty fond of all of the others that you have listed. Ciao Vito is pretty straight up Italian--the menu is somewhat small, but I've been pretty happy with what I've had. I guess I've had a different experience at Lincoln than some others who have posted: it's generally somewhat straightforward, very seasonal food, but I find the quality to be very high.
Ciao Vito Restaurant
2203 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211