"Debuting in 2006, snappy Alloro wows this seaside town with old-world Italian meals and top-shelf wines in a contemporary setting. Appropriately situated in Old Town, this small but tiny enoteca is the work of owners Jeremy Buck (chef) and Lian Schmidt (wine steward), who both studied in Florence, Italy. Stepping away from the spaghetti standards, the menu boasts a bevy of homemade pastas and innovative fish, chicken, and beef dishes. Lian helps guests navigate the wine options, including many of Oregon’s best vintners."
Best Places Northwest, 16th Edition
"This elegant white-tablecloth enoteca--a favorite of the golf crowd--serves meals like delicate handmade ravioli and braised rabbit. And for demanding oenophiles, there's the exceptional selection of both Oregon and Italian wines." Portland Monthly, May 2008
"World-class golf revived this beach town, and Lian Schmidt's fresh Italian-themed restaurant features a nice array of Oregon's Pinot Noir as well as in-state reds from Abacela and Zerba. Outstanding Oregon Wine Lists."
Wine Press Northwest, Fall 2007
"The hidden gem of Bandon...The wine list at Alloro is very good and included many wines from the Tuscany and the Piemonte regions of Italy, as well as many Oregon Pinot Noir and the classics from California, Washington and France...The menu from Alloro covers all the bases and is oozing with delightful haut Italian cuisine such as affettati antipasti (cold Italian meats), prosciutto e melone, and tonno in salsa, which was a local tuna served seared rare, very lovely. The list went on and on with every entree' served with quiet elegance and beautifully presented on the plate. The restaurant is owned by a couple, Lian Schmidt and Jeremy Buck. Buck received his training in Tuscany and the simple elegance of the cuisine speaks volumes of what we find in Tuscany. It is tough to transport Tuscany to a small town on the Southern Oregon coast, but these folks have done more than an admirable job. Bravi! For elegant haut cuisine from a Tuscan kitchen, look no further, it is worth a night on the coast."
Lorn Razzano, Ashland Daily Tidings and Santa Clara Weekly newspapers, July 2007