I really have to laugh when I hear Westerners say that Nonna Emilia's is the best, most authentic Italian food in Beaverton. They say that because it's the West Coast and the West doesn't know what real Italian food is, so I suppose for Beaverton, OR this really is the best. That's very sad news for an East Coast foodie like myself.
Not that the food at Nonna's isn't good - it's ok, it's by no means great or even authentic. But speaking as a native of Little Italy who has eaten at Ralph's in South Philly - the nation's oldest Italian restaurant - all my life, I can offer one very very important tip to all Italian-themed restaurants on the West Coast and that's this: ALWAYS ALWAYS have on the table fresh lemon wedges and a jar of garlic salt - not GARLIC - garlic salt. I'm kind of tired of having to bring my own everywhere.
Other than that, the food wasn't terrible, but quite overpriced for what you get. Yes, the portions are huge, but the angel-hair pasta I got was something I could whip up at home in 20 minutes and the sauce was not the best and not much of it. I see no reason why there can't be two offerings of lasagna (one meat, one veggie),the ambiance was not all that Italian and was in fact, a mix of country and Christmas, the booth very uncomfortable (short seats), and the lighting was way too dark for 1:00 in the afternoon. If I'm eating Italian food, I want to feel like I'm right there in Napoli on my grandmother's balcony overlooking the bay, not like I should be standing under the mistletoe.
On the more positive side, the tiramisu dessert was very rich and the mozzarrella sticks were great - very East Coast. I would also recommend to make Nonna's more authentic, they should offer some real Italian desserts like Cannoli or even pizzelles and ice cream.
I'd go back again, but I'd still have to bring my own lemon and garlic salt. That's a drag. If Nonna's would supply these things as standard on the table, I would bump up my rating to a fourth star.
They have everything that you could want and its all so good. The Pizza is so much better than any other regular pizza place and pasta is to die for. Also try a calzone they are huge you will have enough for 3 meals.
I love this place. The food, the service, the atmosphere, it's all good! Whenever I have visitors I always bring them to Nonna's, it has a homey feeling (yes, I am Italian), pictures on the wall, remind me of my grandmother's pictures of our family past. I think this is the best Italian food I have ever eaten in a resturant!
Virginia Cafe has carved its name in the annals of the city due to its excellent food and drinks menu,
fine ambiance and great service. It has been serving people for almost a century. Be sure to have a ...
Many a misty morn you will be greeted by a hungry, anxious crowd waiting outside the doors of this little
pink diner. The restaurant is influenced by the 1950s—a time when bacon for breakfast was acceptable every day. Although ...
See one of the oldest vineyards in Oregon, located about a half hour from Portland in Beaverton. Now that word
is out and the wines of the Pacific Northwest are served alongside fine French wines, local wineries are popping ...