Portland has a tenuous relationship with Italian food. Aside from notable exceptions like Nostrana, Renata and Ava Gene's, it's not exactly a cuisine most associate with fine dining. But that hasn't stopped luminary chef Vitaly Paley from giving it a go with his fourth venture, Rosa Rosa, which promises an upscale take on classic, "New York-style...

Papa's Soul Food Kitchen is dead. Long live Bari Trattoria! OK, it might be a stretch to compare the comings and goings of local restaurants to the reigns of monarchs. But it's tempting in the case of Papa's, which started out as a food cart and ultimately closed in late 2017 after 15 years in business — the final 11 of those in the 90-year-old hou...

Some people regard Rudy Marchesi, president and chief viticulturist at Montinore Estate, as an artisan. A fair descriptor though this is not the core of his success. Exceptional practicality and results-oriented thinking with a healthy dose of curiosity and generosity remain his foundation, leading to a career of constant learning and, now, influen...

There are different styles of pizza in the United States, including Chicago deep dish, New York-style thin crust, Detroit-style thick crust square pizza (the shape originating from using auto industry parts trays as pans) and St. Louis-style cracker thin crust cut into squares—but Pisano's Woodfired Pizza is none of those. Owner Ed Barbeau makes au...

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco had a great year in 2018. He toured all over the country, published a collection of essays and appeared alongside Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in the critically acclaimed film “The Green Book.” In fact, the Los Angeles-based comedian’s year was so good he recently clocked in at No. 10 on Forbes’s year-end list of...

A high-end Italian restaurant that will move to Newberg this winter was named one of the best 100 restaurants in the United States by OpenTable, one of the most popular reservation systems in the country. The Italian restaurant AgriVino, which will move from its Carlton location to a vacant building on 714 E. First St. in Newberg on Valentine's Day...

L’american dream è più vivo che mai. E il segreto è sempre quello: basta volersi rimboccare le maniche e darsi da fare». Dario Pisoni, classe 1981, di Arcene, ristoratore in Oregon nella Willamette Valley, porta a casa un importante riconoscimento, di quelli che arrivano dal basso (probabilmente i più preziosi), dai clienti che utilizzano OpenTable...

A San Francisco restaurant specializing in an old-school Italian flatbread is opening in Portland. Montesacro Pinseria Romana is planning to open its second location in the former Nicoletta + Beppe’s space, according to the NW Examiner. Pinsa, which falls into the focaccia and pizza family, is a Roman-style flatbread with a particularly airy crust,...

Portland has its fair share of restaurant waiting rooms—attached taverns with their own identities that help corral diners who have no patience for idling drinkless while hoping a table opens quickly. There's Whey Bar, essentially a lobby with cocktails to keep you entertained before your name's called at Ox. There's La Taq, the spirited cantina th...

I grabbed a ravioli—golden brown, cheese-filled and deep-fried to crispy perfection, using the corner to scoop it into the accompanying marinara sauce. As soon as the flavors touched my tongue, I was transported back to the humid Midwest during a weekend at the Taste of Chicago, eating until my jeans were too tight. Toasted ravioli originated in St...