Amalfi’s is a decades-old Italian restaurant in the Alameda neighborhood of Northeast Portland. It is known for its excellent pizza, award-winning happy hour, and friendly atmosphere. Amalfi’s has a very nice interior, and one can tell even when it isn’t busy, that the staff is used to a high volume of hungry happy hour patrons.
We were able to sample a soup and salad on our visit. We tried the Greek Greens salad, which features green leaf lettuce with kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomato, cucumber and red onion in a herbed balsamic vinaigrette. With that, we tried their homemade minestrone soup. The minestrone was a little less salty than you’d find in a more ‘themed’ Italian restaurant. If you like a rich, hearty minestrone this one might not be for you. That being said, it was tasty and hit the spot.
For dinner we sampled one of Amalfi’s pizzas– their famous combo to be exact. This headliner features pepperoni, sausage, salami, and mushrooms. Their pizza uses the same recipes as the restaurant’s opening in 1959, and we could tell why. The pizza is square cut like a grid rather than like a pie. This allows you to have as little, or as much, pizza as you like. It is perfect for groups at happy hour who want to share a snack with friends during glasses of wine rather than scarf down a whole bunch of food. As for me, I don’t mind scarfing tasty pizza.
4703 Northeast Fremont Street
Portland, OR 97213