Nostrana

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Details
1401 SE Morrison St (SE 14th Ave)
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-2427
Italian
$ $ $
Hours
Mon–Thu: 11:30 AM–10:00 PM Fri: 11:30 AM–11:00 PM Sat: 5:00 PM–11:00 PM Sun: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM

Nostrana is often cited as serving one of Portland’s most authentic Neapolitan pies, and for good reason. The blistered cornicione and thin crust provide scrumptious, beautiful canvases for the hand-made mozzarella the restaurant makes daily. There are eight pies on the menu including standouts like the diavola (spicy sausage, mozzarella, provolone, tomato, and Mama Lil’s peppers), alla fiamma (tomato, red onion, Mama Lil’s peppers, wild oregano, spicy oil, and black olives), the tricolore rapini (smoked provolone, ricotta, Mama Lil’s peppers, red onion, garlic, and lemon), and a vongole bianco with Manila clams and gremolata that defies New Haven tradition by featuring smoked provolone and mozzarella. No matter which pie you order, it’s going to be "served uncut, as is the traditional Italian style.” But chef Cathy Whims’ Buckman restaurant isn’t just about pizza. The delicious antipasti includes fried oysters with fennel pollen and bison polpettone with slow-roasted tomato and anchovy. Pastas like strozzapretti with wild nettle and almond pesto, and capellini with tomato butter sauce, and mains like the bistecca alla Fiorentina and pork shoulder are going to make it difficult to order without seeming like a pig. Throw self-consciousness aside.

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Foursquare Tips

  • Nostrana is a vision for the times: a local legend (former Genoa co-owner Cathy Whims) cooking the food she loves; sophistication without the intimidation...
  • When the dessert menu comes, order the budino.
  • Budino...the best. Can't go wrong with the margherita + prosciutto pizza.
  • You must get the chocolate budino. No questions asked. :)
  • Go after 9 to Nostrana's late "happy hour" for $5 Pizza. This is one of the best restaurants in Portland, can't go wrong
  • Think wood-fired California designer pizza, by way of fine Oregon farmers. New Yorkers may cringe, Italians may flee, but Sarah Minnick and oven man James Albee bust out some of the tastiest, most sat
  • Don't sleep on the fettucini (light, fresh, small portioned). Budino for dessert. For real. You even need to know what it is.
  • Its gets the Johnny Thunder seal of approval!
  • Intensely regional Italian food, wood-fired oven pizza, and a totally accessible menu make Cathy Whims (once of Genoa) the most renowned female chef in Portland. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Taylor G = Best bartender in pdx
  • Chocolate budino. I had it a few months ago and am still thinking of it.
  • Daily Panino
  • Try the wood fired pizza - you get to cut it with special scissors! The Granchio is a delicious choice.
  • Happy hour is great! Pizza margarita and the house wine. Reasonably priced and delicious!
  • The big rib steak is a treat for four. Or five. Whatever it takes.
  • Amazing! Nothing more can be said.
  • Save room for the butterscotch budino!
  • If you got young kids ask for some dough for them to play with.
  • Nostrana features a trio of chanterelle mushroom dishes: scamorza cheese w/ bruschetta, wheat barley and risotto, and a marsala wine rillete.
  • A seared flat-iron steak, its internal flesh the color of a pomegranate, rests atop a bed of fresh arugula garnished with soft slivers of poached garlic and rosemary-infused olive oil.