Once in awhile you just want to have a drink and snacks at some cozy neighborhood bar in the evening, and we've found the perfect place at Ciao Vito on Alberta. Walk through the noisy dining room, take a seat at the darkly curving bar at the far end and you've got the perfect start. Order from their cocktail menu or have the bartender make your favorite drink, and if you're there before six o'clock you can get drinks and bar menu items for happy hour prices. Two of us had the calamari and their antipasti plate and, with the excellent house bread, we were quite satisfied. And sometimes that's just perfect.
Details: Ciao Vito, 2203 NE Alberta; Phone 503-282-5522.