Nostrana - Literally "ours' - invokes local. Simple food from honest ingredients. Pure. Regional. Italian.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have a private lot and ample free street parking.
Tri-met bus line 15
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Nostrana Ratings and Reviews
Nostrana lived up to their chefs 6 James ...
Nostrana lived up to their chefs 6 James Beard award nominations. I'm not sure the food could have been better. I started with a spinach flan that had shaved truffle on top set in a parmesan sauce. I've not ever tasted anything like it. Decadent is the best word. Suffice it to say all 4 courses were excellent, along with the wine choice. I will be back to see what else Chef Cindy comes up with.
The food here was excellent. The portion ...
The food here was excellent. The portions were small, but that made us savor it all the more. We tried two pasta dishes and one pizza. My brother insisted on getting an egg on the pizza, and while I don't always like an egg on my pizza, this egg was phenomenal. Still thinking about it. The pasta was aldo great, especially the buckwheat tagliatelle.
Have been here many times--it's our "go ...
Have been here many times--it's our "go to" dining spot for consistently excellent food and civilized, but unpretentious dining. It's major drawback is that many many others obviously feel as we do, so you MUST plan well ahead to eat at a normal dinner time, or resign yourself to eating after 8:30 pm. Excellent pizza and mains. Don't miss their fruit crisp for dessert.
I try to make it to Nostrana at least on ...
I try to make it to Nostrana at least once or twice a month to have their version of a ceasar salad and a libation or two.They make their salad with raddichio so it has a slightly different twist.They always have a great selection of appetizers -but use caution when ordering because the main courses are filling and you HAVE to save room for dessert.The bartenders are some of the best in Portland,they make a lot of their own bitters,and they have wall of spirits from all over the world.The menu changes daily,but there are always two or three pasta selections,a half dozen or more wood fired pizzas,painted hills beef,carlton farms pork, and draper fowl(nothing foul about their chicken)If you're really hungry you can even get a kilo. of steak-they claim it's for two-but if you're hungry a 2.2 lb. steak might be the ticket.I've been a regular for 11 or 12 years and some of the staff have been there most of the time.Don't let the James Beard connections scare you off,unlike some foodie destinations in our fair city-you get enough food without having to order three or four sides.It's never pretentious and always delicious-It's also a very good value (if you don't have too many cocktails)-but even if the libation cost is twice what you spend on food-You still get a wonderful experience and the staff will bend over backwards to make sure you're happy.If you like Prosciutto or Anchovies get a pizza-their salty fishes and pork are phenomenal. When you make it in-Smile at all the Happy Graybeards enjoying their food and a drink I'm probably one of them.
Food is great, fresh and seasonal. Pasta ...
Food is great, fresh and seasonal. Pasta was great, pork chop was sensational. Good pizza as appetizer. Service is outstanding - I had two infants with me and they accommodated our family really well. We went early in the evening to avoid the crowd, but still, the staff made all the effort to make us feel welcome.
Uneven meal at an old favorite. The good ...
Uneven meal at an old favorite. The good: fantastic wine suggestion and always-good pizza. Disappointments: good but over-the-top salted, cheesed, dressed Nostrana salad, raw interior on the now $70 Florentine steak...and we like rare..., minuscule serving of cauliflower for a $9 contorni. And maybe the biggest disappointment of all was that while we were assured multiple times that the kitchen would provide a no-salt member of our party with options beyond steak and lettuce, even when questioned because we know the menu well, the options turned out to be steak and lettuce with oil and vinegar. Wouldn't have been so disappointed if we hadn't been assured otherwise.
As usual, since they opened, we were rea ...
As usual, since they opened, we were really satisfied with their food last time we visited. Meat plate was EXCELLENT! Please keep the quality and variety. My son just went there a few weeks ago for a date, but he wanted to come back for his birthday with us and he ordered the same things!! Only one critique is that we all were cold. I hope that they heated the room a little bit more...
I have been meaning to come try out Nost ...
I have been meaning to come try out Nostrana and have only heard good things. I got the trout and really enjoyed the meal. It felt like a good size for lunch. I came with a large group to welcome a new coworker. We only had one hour for lunch and there were 7 of us. The staff was so accommodating and let us put in our order via phone earlier in the day and then fired the meal right when we got there so that we could enjoy a really nice meal but on a tighter timeline.
Thank you for taking care of the group. The food, was great!
Nice little find! It's in a little mall ...
Nice little find! It's in a little mall, with just a couple of other stores. Parking, we lucked out, but if you arrive late, may have to go to street parking. Service was excellent. They messed up the order, but communicated with us on the mishap. Manager came over, and even comp'ed our dessert. That's not why we liked it. Wife liked it because of the chutney on the charcuterie plate! We tried to buy some to take home, but it's made daily and DIFFERENT every time, so they needed to keep some for rest of the night (since charcuterie is a popular plate). Guess we'll just have to go back to try out the other chutney concoctions. We both had pasta. Mine was a light Capellini, and it was just right... light, but buttery and flavorful. Wife had a ragu pasta, and she said it was actually her favorite in town! (the other place she likes, the sauce is quite a bit heavier). Definitely worth a return visit.
I've just never had a home-run meal at N ...
I've just never had a home-run meal at Nostrana. Each time I've been there, some part of the meal has been disappointing. This time, the funghi pizza was mushy and bland. Thankfully the radicchio salad was fabulous - from now on, I may stick just to that. Service was very good, though we made the mistake of ordering three glasses of a recommended wine that turned out to be $16/glass. Butterscotch budino was a rich finish that took the edge off of so-so pizza and expensive wine.
Our server was so lovely, friendly, and ...
Our server was so lovely, friendly, and informative. Everything we got was delicious - Tagliata (steak), Nostrana salad, margherita pizza, trout, chicken, butterscotch pudding, and pumpkin pie. Will definitely be back!
I've eaten rubber bands more tender than ...
I've eaten rubber bands more tender than the octopus. The salad was served in a mixing bowl without dressing, later to have bottles of oil & vinegar dropped off. If I wanted to make my salad I would have stayed home. The flatiron was order medium and came out with hardly a sear and blue in the middle and was literally cold. Server dropped and ran, never to return. I attempted to try some of the cooked edges but was so salty I couldn't eat. Later picked up without a question as to why I didn't touch. Had a showtime to make so simply chalked it up to a busted meal. How this restaurant rates is beyond me. With so many great options in Portland I don't know how they keep up the charade.
Each of our dishes was quite good, with ...
Each of our dishes was quite good, with the exception of the Tiramisu which I did not finish. My Salumi pizze was spicy wonderful with the peppers they used. The rigatoni was very flavorful, although a small portion for the money. Service was very good, although I would prefer not having the wait person show up after each dish to ask how it was. That got annoying. As to the Tiramisu, it was a big disappointment. It was dry and the filling seemed like whipped cream- tasteless. For an Italian restaurant they need to do much better for such a signature dessert. On balance, Nostrana deserves the accolades, although the value proposition is out of whack- very expensive.
What a wonderful restaurant with a very ...
What a wonderful restaurant with a very modern feel. The staff was so professional from making the reservation on Open Table and reconfirming to the service at the restaurant. The food knocked our socks off! At first reading the menu it was oh my goodness what are we doing here! Very different food pairings but every dish. And I mean every one from the pizza to pasta were phenomenal! We are from Bellevue WA. There is no place like this here. So yes we will be back to Portland.
Menu is extremely limited. Would prefer ...
Menu is extremely limited. Would prefer a more choices, and the wine list does not have too many wines in the $50 category. It's either less than that or quite a bit higher. Not interested in spending $120 on a bottle of wine for a pizza or spaghetti dinner.
The beet salad was absolutely wonderful, ...
The beet salad was absolutely wonderful, and we looked forward to the rest of the meal. However, the pappardelle with lobster mushrooms tasted ok, but it seemed as if there had been a long time between preparation and its arrival at the table: what was supposed to be a creamy sauce actually just glued the pasta together.
We also had a pizza with cheese and pork/beef meatballs. Much of the pizza was soggy, and the meatballs were not especially tasty.
The food and service were exceptional, a ...
The food and service were exceptional, as always. This has been a favorite of ours ever since it opened. We can always count on a superb meal with quality ingredients, and there's something for everyone on the menu. Be sure to order the fruit crisp for dessert - a generous serving, perfect for sharing.
I loved this place! We came to visit my ...
I loved this place! We came to visit my daughter who just moved to Portland 3 months ago and has found a lot of great places to eat. We wanted to take her to a place she hasn't tried yet and I found Nostrana's on OpenTable. What a great meal, great service and great Italian wine. We started with the Grilled Sea Scallops (which literally melt in your mouth) and the Spanish Octopus & Manila Clams (very delicious), then the best/unique salad I've ever had 'Insalata Nostrana', simple but very satisfying, last but not least the 'kilo' steak 'Bistecca alla Fiorentina' very tender and juicy, it was perfect ( my daughter ended up taking half of it home). We summed it up with an expresso and the four of us shared a wonderful Apple Crisp making this a unforgettable night out. Everything was so good we had to take a Margherita Pizza home to snack the next day. So skip lunch and go there hungry because there's a lot of tasty stuff going on in this place.
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