McMenamins Kennedy School in NE Portland is home to local beers, music and mementos of the school’s colorful history. The building was renovated by the chain in the ‘90s and now serves as a lively neighborhood hub; however, if you take a walk through its hallways, you will be transported back to the early 1900s — childhood shenanigans and all. The...

My family started arriving in Portland from southern Italy in 1951, and established roots in the southeast area of the city. My Italian family felt that aside from the sunny weather they were used to south of Naples, the terrain and the things they enjoyed doing (gardening, fishing, mushroom hunting for porcini, & making wine) were just as vibrant...

That weekend bucket-list flight to New Orleans for a muffuletta fix at the famed Central Grocery is on hold indefinitely. An alternative: Sebastiano’s, a self-described Sicilian-inspired deli “through a Pacific Northwest lens,” which opened in the Montavilla neighborhood on June 2, serving muffulettas with hand-stretched mozzarella on house-made fe...

“I’ve got my game face on trying to run this restaurant,” says Kiauna Floyd, owner of Amalfi’s Italian Restaurant on NE Fremont. A business-threatening pandemic coupled with mass protests has Floyd, a Black business owner, mentally and physically exhausted. But for the former collegiate athlete, wife, and mother of two, defeat is not an option. Flo...

Last week, the Rose City got the greenlight to open restaurants for dine-in service after months of takeout only. A spacious white tent with the words “One Love,” now stands next to Amalfi's Restaurant and Mercato, a black-owned Italian restaurant three generations strong. (Due to new guidelines, the existing dining room could fit just six tables,...

Campana, a new Italian restaurant that began as a pop-up at Grand Army Tavern, will replace the Northeast Portland bar permanently this Friday, owners George Kaden and Annalisa Maceda told The Oregonian/OregonLive. The move spells the end for Grand Army Tavern, a neighborhood bar opened in 2017 by Kaden and Maceda, another former New York City rest...

Beloved Italian eatery Casa Vacca in Portland is going to reopen its dining room with additional patio and outdoor seating space on Tuesday, June 30. They’ve been serving up some of the most luxurious and delicious Italian tapas in Portland for a long while and even adapted to the lockdown with a finish-at-home meal kit menu. Next week, patrons and...

Paola's Pizza Barn has long been a destination in Sandy for after-game pizza parties and family gatherings. Now, Stephen Ferruzza of the well-known Al Forno Ferruzza in Rhododendron, has brought a new flavor to the Paola's kitchen by adding some of his authentic, thin-crust pies to the menu. Ferruzza's additions to Paola's offerings was marked by a...

Don Salamone puts a lot of love into his cooking—and a little guilt, too. The chef and restaurateur spent most of his early culinary career in upscale French kitchens of the sort his working-class Italian American parents could never afford to visit. It's partly why, when he opened a place of his own, he went in the opposite direction: a no-frill...

As we approached spring break, things started to change rapidly. In a week we were told that the University would close and we needed to teach remotely. Besides my own anxiety towards something I had never done before, the most important question for me was: how was I going to keep students interested and motivated when their lives were changing so...