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Need Italian recommendation for Sunday dinner

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I will be visiting Portland for the 1st time and while there will be taking a friend out for dinner - he is just back from Italy and is desperatley missing the wonderful food he experienced - what is your favorite straight forward Italian restaurant ? Thank you in advance for your insight.

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  1. You should take him to Taste Unique on Division, so he can connect with Stefania, who is from Rome. They bare open for lunch, or take out. They only do dinners 2x a month, so you will need to check with her, but i believe that is the most authentic Italian experience you can have in Portland

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    Taste Unique
    2134 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

    1. If you are going for dinner, on a Sunday, I would highly recommend Ciao Vito on NE Alberta. It is where we go to get our Italian fix.

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      Ciao Vito Restaurant
      2203 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

      1. Not necessarily all "straight forward" Italian, but the following are highly recommended and are open on Sunday evenings:
        Nostrana
        3 Doors Down
        Tabla

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        Nostrana
        1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214