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Nostrana—literally 'ours' —invokes local. Simple food from honest ingredients. Pure. Regional. Italian.
Opened in 2005, Nostrana is Chef/Owner Cathy Whims' love letter to Italy. This is a restaurant built on relationships: with our amazing farmers and purveyors, our dedicated staff, and of course with you, our guest.
We hope to offer something timeless and authentic in a beautiful space, the regional specialties of Italy deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest. We strive to be better every day.
Portland, OR 97214
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
SE 14th Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer a private lot and ample free street parking.
Tri-met bus line 15 stops at our front door.
Chef/Owner Cathy Whims; Executive Chef Brian Murphy
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Nostrana Ratings and Reviews
Always the food and service are really great. A good change from regular restaurants but very expensive for great Italian food. Wine list is fantastic, great wine and only $15 per glass but it is very adequate amount. A bit skimpy on the sample board but delicious small samples. Worth the visit but be prepared to pay molto soldi per la cena.
We have dined at Nostrana three other times but this visit was disappointing. The halibut I ordered was highly recommended but texture was mealy. The asparagus were the thinnest tiny spears only a few. Bean accompanied the dish extremely salty. Unfortunately the waitress did not check back with us through the entire dinner. Not sure I will be back.
We will be leaving Portland in the near future & I have a list of must dine places--Nostrana is one of those places. I can't believe we had not eaten here before. The service was professional & friendly. The food is one of the best I've had & my husband who is not the biggest dessert person loved the budino!
It was so good we were making plans to return before we leave Portland.
One of the best and classic restaurants in PDX. Never fails to please. Expertly run and the food is just consistently well prepared and delicious. Pizzas, pastas and fish have the most interesting ingredients and the Salad Nostrana is a must. We always take friends or out of town guests as it's one of our favorite food places in PDX.
The food was excellent and the decor sleek and modern. I have been making my own pizza from scratch for 40 years so I can particularly critical about pizza I order at a restaurant. The pizza I had at Nostrana was of the highest quality. The crust was thin & crisp, but with that little bit of pull at the edge. The shiitake mushrooms were prominent and plentiful, as was the arugula and cheese. My brother's trout was moist and flavorful and the nettle risotto cake delicious. I wish there was a Nostrana in NYC.
For a mild wedding anniversary splurge, my wife and I enjoyed a multi-course dinner with cocktails, cheese plate, salad and bread, main course, digestif, and dessert.
I highly recommend reservations, and well in advance. We showed up early for cocktails and an 8:00 reservation. We were seated by 7:30, just as our Bombay&tonic and Amaretto sour arrived.
Although the menu changes daily, I recommend the following pairings: 1) Nebbiolo with the pecorino, chevre, and blue jay plate; 2) Carmignano with the Beef Peposo and arugula.
The noise level was a bit louder than I anticipated, and the music selection (NKOTB?!) threw me. This did not detract from the ambience; rather, it combined with the smart decor and open kitchen to sharpen the singularity of our experience. Amidst all this, we shared food, wine, and intimate conversation while enjoying one of our favorite pastimes from our window seat perch: people-watching.
Service was perfect: thoughtful and prompt, with out being overbearing. The kitchen, wait staff, and sommelier really owned their respective trades, and made this special evening all the more memorable for us. We will be back.
I was disappointed at the limited number of choices. I love good gnocchi. Three of us ordered it, and we agreed that it was a bit pasty. The oxtail ragu was a bit on the skimpy side but good. Four of us split the charcuterie which was excellent. It could have served as a meal for one person with the addition of a salad. I ordered the butterscotch budini for dessert, and it was fabulous. The restaurant has the revamped warehouse feel to it which is getting old in Portland. The seating wasn't very comfortable, and it was very noisy--not just energetic but deafening. Conversation which should go with good food was very difficult.
A friend recommended this restaurant to me. He loved the bread. I did, too. Another friend and I had salads and shared pizzas. One friend ordered a salad and a meat entree and said it was good. It looked sparse to me. The pizza was good (but maybe not the best I've had). We all liked the salads. Even though we sat at a smallish table, the restaurant was so loud that we could not easily hear each other. There is an extensive wine list--but all the wines are very expensive (when Italian wines are usually less so). The sommelier was very knowledgeable, but only recommended quite expensive wines (to drink with pizza). No one tried the pastas--and we didn't see any walk by, so we can't even tell you how good they looked!
The pizza and pasta were amazing but I was not happy that we were pressured to box the remaining pizza when there was still a wait for the pasta and then have our pasta whisked away after barely the last bite - they succeeded in getting his out in exactly one hour. I had hoped for a more leisurely meal since it was so expensive! It was delicious though!
Food was exceptional - especially the Nostrana salad and pasta dishes! Salumi pizza is wonderfully balanced. Butterscotch budino cannot be missed! My favorite special occasion eatery by far. And the wait staff was so friendly and accommodating. Worth the three block walk cause parking is limited.
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