In the last few years, Portland has built itself a remarkably robust Italian food scene, from wood-fired pizzas to handmade pastas. Food carts hawk varieties of Italian street foods, while markets and bakeries prepare beautiful house focaccia, pastas, and cannoli. Date night restaurants roll and cut pastas by hand, while chefs methodically stir pots of Bolognese or ragu for hours ahead of service. All the while, the old-school Italian restaurants, serving standards like eggplant Parmigiana and spaghetti and meatballs, continue to hold on, retaining a roster of regulars. Below, you’ll find Portland’s most exceptional Italian osterias and trattorias; those looking for a more specific pizza map can find it here.
Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.Read More