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Presenting Portland's 13 Favorite Pasta Dishes

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Last Friday, Eater asked readers to shoutout their favorite pasta dish in Portland, and if there's one thing we've learned, it's that every neighborhood really does have its one go-to pasta joint. So here now — in random order — are 13 of Portland's Favorite Pasta Dishes, as voted by Eater readers. If your favorite still isn't on the list, do give it a shout in the comments.


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1. Tabla Mediterranean Bistro

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200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 238-3777
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Adam Berger's Tabla garnered many votes for its pasta dishes, though consensus was split between two familiar menu offerings: the tajarin with truffle butter and a chard-and-ricotta ravioli with poppy seed butter. Says a reader of the latter: "For my money, it's hard to beat Tabla's chard/ricotta ravioli with a poached farm egg. So simple, and so perfect." Another declares, "Tajarin pasta with truffle butter at Tabla will be served at my last meal."

2. A Cena

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7742 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 206-3291
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Of all chef Gabe Gabreski's house-made pastas at Sellwood's a Cena Ristorante, none stir up a fervor like his agnolotti, featuring corn and mascarpone raviolini paired with butter-poached Maine lobster. More than one reader dubs it "to die for." [Photo]

3. Ava Gene's

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3377 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 229-0571
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Many general votes came in for the still-newish Ava Gene's, which one reader says "has certainly opened my palette up to just how toothsome and varying pasta can be." Vague consensus gives the win to Ava's orecchiette with sausage or sagna ricca with lamb ragu. As one commenter says, "I could eat the Sagna Riccia at Ava Gene's daily."

4. Three Doors Down Cafe

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1429 SE 37th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-6886
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Hawthorne's neighborhood Italian spot Three Doors Down has been steadily serving up great dishes of pasta for 18 years, gathering fans for everything from its penne vodka to seafood fra diavlo. One commenter claims that allegiance to one particular dish is difficult, citing a laundry list of favorites: "Vodka sausage pasta at Three Doors Down. Or the spaghetti and meatballs at Three Doors Down. Or any pasta dish at Three Doors Down." [Photo]

5. Piazza Italia

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1129 NW Johnson St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 478-0619
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The Pearl's 13-year-old Piazza Italia pairs a lively soccer bar with rustic pastas like bucatini all'Amatriciana and linguine alle vongole. Reader votes arrived for the spot's simple pasta marinara, and the dish affectionally named "Gino's fave" for Piazza's late owner Gino Schettini. It features linguine with egg, prosciutto, onion, parmesan, and black pepper. [Photo]

6. Le Pigeon

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738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 546-8796
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Gabe Rucker's probably best known for his meaty experiments, but his pasta dishes earned props from more than one commenter. One reader pens a straight-up mash note to a few recent Le Pigeon dishes: "My favorite pasta dishes from Chef Rucker in 2013 are 1) the spaghettini with smoked mackerel and clam butter, 2) the gnocchi made of chicken, and 3) sweetbreads with boar neck ragu, pappardelle and fennel (although the pasta was not the main component of this particular dish)."

7. Caffe Mingo

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807 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 226-4646
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Chef Jerry Huisinga's NW institution Caffe Mingo has accumulated a fair share of fans in its 20 years in business. The newly pared down menu features one housemade pasta nightly, and one reader admits that "I'm addicted to the penne al sugo." Currently, the one on offer is a sugo of beef braised in Chianti and espresso. [Photo]

5519 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 946-8592
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The diminutive Northwest-meets-Italian spot DOC constantly switches up its pasta offerings (currently, the menu features a risotto and a cavatelli with pork sugo). But one reader craves DOC's nettle, truffle, and mushroom lasagna, served with a duck egg on top.

9. Mucca Osteria

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1022 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR
(503) 227-5521
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According to one reader, chef Simone Savaiano's Mucca Osteria makes the town's top pasta: "House-made and always the epitome of al dente." The selection varies, but another commenter suggests the rabbit papardelle whenever it's available.[Photo]

10. Tasty 'N Sons

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3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 621-1400
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Tasty N Sons is obviously better known for its breakfast-ish items (shakshuka, hash, frittatas), but at least one reader prefers the restaurant's fettucine with ragu and mascarpone, available on the dinner menu as a "small plate." The same reader adds: "They also know how to make a proper carbonara."

11. Taste Unique

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2134 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 206-7059
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Mostly take-out spot Taste Unique offers both completed pasta dishes and separate cartons of sauce for guests to recreate an Italian meal at home. Chef Stefania Toscano's lasagna could be a contender, but one reader suggests any fresh pasta featuring Toscano's Norcina cause: "Norcina is rich and full of flavor. Chef Stefi makes her own sausage so her Norcina rocks." [Photo]

12. Sauvage et Fausse Piste

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537 SE Ash St, #102
Portland, or 97214
(971) 258-5829
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Chef Jesse Skiles' supperclub-within-a-restaurant recently expanded its menu to feature separate sections for snacks, mains, and grains, and one commenter sings the praises of its bucatini primavera, served with nettles, clams, and preserved lemon.

13. Justa Pasta Co

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1336 NW 19th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 243-2249
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Casual restaurant Justa Pasta offers at least a half-dozen housemade daily pastas (including three stuffed raviolis), which diners can mix-and-match with their choice of sauce. Writes one reader, "Justa Pasta is always reliable and simple — the way Italian pasta dishes should be."

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1. Tabla Mediterranean Bistro

200 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Adam Berger's Tabla garnered many votes for its pasta dishes, though consensus was split between two familiar menu offerings: the tajarin with truffle butter and a chard-and-ricotta ravioli with poppy seed butter. Says a reader of the latter: "For my money, it's hard to beat Tabla's chard/ricotta ravioli with a poached farm egg. So simple, and so perfect." Another declares, "Tajarin pasta with truffle butter at Tabla will be served at my last meal."

200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

2. A Cena

7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Of all chef Gabe Gabreski's house-made pastas at Sellwood's a Cena Ristorante, none stir up a fervor like his agnolotti, featuring corn and mascarpone raviolini paired with butter-poached Maine lobster. More than one reader dubs it "to die for." [Photo]

7742 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

3. Ava Gene's

3377 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Many general votes came in for the still-newish Ava Gene's, which one reader says "has certainly opened my palette up to just how toothsome and varying pasta can be." Vague consensus gives the win to Ava's orecchiette with sausage or sagna ricca with lamb ragu. As one commenter says, "I could eat the Sagna Riccia at Ava Gene's daily."

3377 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

4. Three Doors Down Cafe

1429 SE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Hawthorne's neighborhood Italian spot Three Doors Down has been steadily serving up great dishes of pasta for 18 years, gathering fans for everything from its penne vodka to seafood fra diavlo. One commenter claims that allegiance to one particular dish is difficult, citing a laundry list of favorites: "Vodka sausage pasta at Three Doors Down. Or the spaghetti and meatballs at Three Doors Down. Or any pasta dish at Three Doors Down." [Photo]

1429 SE 37th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

5. Piazza Italia

1129 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97209

The Pearl's 13-year-old Piazza Italia pairs a lively soccer bar with rustic pastas like bucatini all'Amatriciana and linguine alle vongole. Reader votes arrived for the spot's simple pasta marinara, and the dish affectionally named "Gino's fave" for Piazza's late owner Gino Schettini. It features linguine with egg, prosciutto, onion, parmesan, and black pepper. [Photo]

1129 NW Johnson St
Portland, OR 97209

6. Le Pigeon

738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Gabe Rucker's probably best known for his meaty experiments, but his pasta dishes earned props from more than one commenter. One reader pens a straight-up mash note to a few recent Le Pigeon dishes: "My favorite pasta dishes from Chef Rucker in 2013 are 1) the spaghettini with smoked mackerel and clam butter, 2) the gnocchi made of chicken, and 3) sweetbreads with boar neck ragu, pappardelle and fennel (although the pasta was not the main component of this particular dish)."

738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

7. Caffe Mingo

807 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Chef Jerry Huisinga's NW institution Caffe Mingo has accumulated a fair share of fans in its 20 years in business. The newly pared down menu features one housemade pasta nightly, and one reader admits that "I'm addicted to the penne al sugo." Currently, the one on offer is a sugo of beef braised in Chianti and espresso. [Photo]

807 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

8. DOC

5519 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

The diminutive Northwest-meets-Italian spot DOC constantly switches up its pasta offerings (currently, the menu features a risotto and a cavatelli with pork sugo). But one reader craves DOC's nettle, truffle, and mushroom lasagna, served with a duck egg on top.

5519 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

9. Mucca Osteria

1022 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR

According to one reader, chef Simone Savaiano's Mucca Osteria makes the town's top pasta: "House-made and always the epitome of al dente." The selection varies, but another commenter suggests the rabbit papardelle whenever it's available.[Photo]

1022 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR

10. Tasty 'N Sons

3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Tasty N Sons is obviously better known for its breakfast-ish items (shakshuka, hash, frittatas), but at least one reader prefers the restaurant's fettucine with ragu and mascarpone, available on the dinner menu as a "small plate." The same reader adds: "They also know how to make a proper carbonara."

3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

11. Taste Unique

2134 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Mostly take-out spot Taste Unique offers both completed pasta dishes and separate cartons of sauce for guests to recreate an Italian meal at home. Chef Stefania Toscano's lasagna could be a contender, but one reader suggests any fresh pasta featuring Toscano's Norcina cause: "Norcina is rich and full of flavor. Chef Stefi makes her own sausage so her Norcina rocks." [Photo]

2134 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

12. Sauvage et Fausse Piste

537 SE Ash St, #102, Portland, or 97214

Chef Jesse Skiles' supperclub-within-a-restaurant recently expanded its menu to feature separate sections for snacks, mains, and grains, and one commenter sings the praises of its bucatini primavera, served with nettles, clams, and preserved lemon.

537 SE Ash St, #102
Portland, or 97214

13. Justa Pasta Co

1336 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Casual restaurant Justa Pasta offers at least a half-dozen housemade daily pastas (including three stuffed raviolis), which diners can mix-and-match with their choice of sauce. Writes one reader, "Justa Pasta is always reliable and simple — the way Italian pasta dishes should be."

1336 NW 19th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

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