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3 Generation Family Owned Italian Restaurant

General Info
Mike Ceccanti, owner of Ernesto's Italian Restaurant, grew up in the family restaurant business. His grandfather, Ernesto Ceccanti, emigrated to the U.S. in 1922 from the Tuscany region of Italy with his wife Emilia and opened the Monte Carlo restaurant in Portland in 1927. Eventually his parents, Elio and Lorie Ceccanti took the reins and opened a second Monte Carlo restaurant in Raleigh Hills in 1982. By age 7 Mike was making raviolis in his grandfather's kitchen, went on to learn more of the family secrets, and has been going strong ever since. It's no surprise that Mike has continued the family traditions of providing moderately priced casual dining with a healthy dose of Old World charm added to the mix. In 1987 Mike and his wife Jackie bought the Raleigh Hills Monte Carlo restaurant and renamed it Ernesto's Italian Restaurant in honor of his grandfather. Building on his family's traditional Italian recipes, Mike has added his own creations such as Seafood Fettuccini and Pasta Classico. While the offerings have evolved a little over time to suit the tastes of each generation, you can count on finding generous portions of good homemade Italian food in a comfortable environment. Here you'll find such classics as Spaghetti and Meatballs, Lasagna, Veal Parmigianino and Fettuccini Alfredo, as well as legendary homemade Pizza and Calzones. And not to be missed are our specialty soups, created by our own Chef John Schroeder.
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Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (503) 292-6451

Phone: (503) 297-2844

Primary Phone: (503) 297-2844

* Lunch * Dinner * Take Out * Salad Bar * Buffet * Pizza * Banquet Facilities * Meeting Rooms * Conference Rooms * Wedding Receptions * Wedding Rehearsals * Family Dining * Family Style Dinners * Corporate Meetings * Full Bar * Cocktail Lounge * Catering * Brunch (Special Occasions Only) * Homemade Soups * Steaks * Seafood * Daily Specials
Buffet, New England
Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, diners club, all major credit cards
Price Range
Raleigh West
Italian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Pizza, Buffet Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Buffets, Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Specialties: Cocktail Parties, Business Functions, Houses / Homes, Banquets, Customized, Corporate Meetings, Cocktails, Restaurants, Family Events, Banquet Facilities, Holidays, Dining Room, English, Holiday Parties, Outings, Italian, Chefs, Private

Pets Allowed: No


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Ernesto's is one of the best places in town. We have come here for a long time and always enjoy ourselves.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Have been regulars at Ernies for 12

Have been regulars at Ernies for 12 years. Excellent customer service, great menu & meat sauce to die for!! (so my Husband states - I don't eat meat)



The best lattes! Their lunch b...

The best lattes! Their lunch buffet is a great value. I love to put both alfredo and marinara sauce on my pasta.



Provided by Citysearch - 
My favorite hole in the wall Italian

This is the best Italian food I've found in the SW Portland area in my 35 years here - the pizza is killer! Ravioli, salads, actually everything I have tried there rocks! Staff, atmosphere, and food are all top notch. Not that I want everyone running down to my favorite little hole in the wall so I can't get a seat, but......



Provided by Citysearch - 
Loved this place! Family friendly side and lounge side!

The bar section is great for after work or school with coworkers or friends. Love the atmosphere as well as the pizza! I'm a BIG fan of italian food so it was a nice setting for me anyways. This particular time i sat in the dining area because i was having dinner with my family. I love how there are two different sections but i enjoyed my food as well as the staff. Ive been to other restaurants with bad customer service and i can honestly say this is the best customer service ive ever been exposed to. This is now one of my favorite restaurants and i cannot wait to go back!!! All around 5 star loved it!!



Provided by Citysearch - 

Best pizza I've ever eaten and the people are extremely sweet! Definitely one of my favorite places to eat out in when Im in Portland(:

Italian mamma


Provided by Citysearch - 

I just posted a review of Nonna Emelia's. I did not fully appreciate how good Ernestos was till I tasted the other half of the family fare. For two broithers that grew u p in the same house their representation of food is quite different. One is very good while the other is awful. Ernestos is worth your drive time. Don't waste your time at Nonna Emelias. Along with the food being below par their attitude, frankly, sucks.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Lasagna to die for!

Ernesto's has, without a doubt, the best lasagna I've had anywhere around here. The other food is also terrific, especially the seafood fettuccini. Great service. Reasonable prices. Convenient parking. We go to Ernesto's every chance we get and are always glad we did. If you like good Italian food, served in a comfortable environment, give this one a try!



Provided by Citysearch - 
My favorite place!

YUM! this place is my favorite place in Beaverton to eat. The only con is they keep refilling the bread and i eat too much. everything has a very home made taste and feels like i am having a family dinner in Italy.

For the average dinner:
Real Italian food rely on the taste of high quality ingredients not spices. Many of my uneducated friends find this place bland where chefs and food lovers will rant and rave about the quality and taste.



Provided by Citysearch - 
why borther I'll tell you why bother

As a mother of 4 of which 2 are special needs we find Ernesto's a family friendly restaurant. The children are welcomed and treated as part of a great Italian family.
The food caters to the most picky eater (which we have) and to my husband who loves the spaghetti and meatballs. I have yet to find anything cafetria like. The only down fall is we live 27 miles away.