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Inside Rick Gencarelli's West End Pasta Palace, Grassa

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[Avila, 6/7/13]

Rick Gencarelli is fattening up the West End. The chef behind the two-location sandwich shop Lardo will soon debut his fresh pasta restaurant Grassa in the neighborhood's twelve | west building, officially turning the former Corazon space into a mini-ChefStable "restaurant row." As previously reported, Grassa borrows several conceptual elements from Gencarelli's sandwich spot: counter service with sandwich-board ordering, high-top communal seating, and food crafted with house-made ingredients.

The menu of fresh pasta comes courtesy chef Ian Hutchings (an alum of Corvallis' lauded Luc) and his work with an Emilio Mitidieri pasta machine. The nine-item pasta menu offers dishes like gigli with smoked pork meatballs, strozzapreti with smoked olives and olive-oil poached tuna, and sweet pea agnolotti with shaved asparagus and lemon.

Grassa's opening date is set for this Wednesday, June 12. Hours of operation: 11a.m. to 10p.m., daily.
· Grassa [Official site]
· All Previous Grassa Coverage [Eater PDX]


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