Have you ever dreamed of dining in Sicily without ever leaving the Rose City? You can do exactly that at Bellino Trattoria Siciliana right here on NW Hoyt Street in Pdx! Italian Portland caught up with executive chef and owner, Francesco Inguaggiato to get the inside scoop on why he became a chef, what inspires him, and what he absolutely love...

by Kerry-Lynne Demarinis Although Gregg Matteucci grew up in Fairview, a little town near the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, many of his strongest memories are tied to a home in southeast Portland in historic Ladd's Addition where his grandmother lived. Sundays were centered around family. "Every Sunday, rain or shine, it was dinner at Grandm...

by Mattie John Bamman   A James Beard Semi-Finalist for Best Chef Northwest in 2012 and 2013, Justin Wills has secured his place as one of Oregon's best chefs. He opened Restaurant Beck on Depoe Bay in 2009, and this June, he and wife Stormee teamed up to opened Sorella on Nye Beach. The amateur reviews and tweets have just begun rolling in....

By Michael Russell   "Renata is a dream," Sandra Arnerich says of the deceptively simple, deliriously ambitious Italian restaurant that she and husband Nick opened in May. That dream is what caused them to leave high-profile restaurant jobs in San Francisco, uproot their growing family and fly north to Nick's hometown of Portland. &nbs...

Trendy restaurant concepts and Portland go together like waxed mustaches and designer flannel, but Casa Mia isn't biting. This little Italian eatery serves breakfast, lunch—yes, there are restaurants open for lunch on Division—and dinner seven days a week in the former Detour coffee shop venue at 3035 SE Division St.   Opening last week, Cas...

By John Gottberg Anderson    Diners who love Italian food have two restaurant choices in Bend's Old Mill District. Pastini Pastaria and Flatbread Community Oven stand side-by-side next to the Deschutes River on the north side of the shopping-and-entertainment district.   But I'm not a big fan of either one. Others may applaud the...

by Michael Russell   The new Sicilian restaurant coming to the former Fratelli space in Portland's Pearl District is set to open next week. Bellino Trattoria Siciliana comes from chef-owner Francesco Inguaggiato, a Sicilian native who owns two other Italian restaurants in Texas.   The highlights assaggini, or Sicilian tapas, such...

One part calzone, one part fry bread, panzerotti are what Hot Pockets always wished they could be: a deep-fried street food meant to be wrapped in a napkin and eaten on the go. Panzerotti are traditional to Southern Italy, especially the Puglia region, and the brand-new Bari Food Cart in the SE 52nd and Foster pod specializes in an authentic versio...

It all started with a muddy patch of ground and a desire to build a place of healing and compassion for children in crisis at Providence Child Center. Dr. Don Romanaggi and his late wife, Agnes saw the possibility of a garden where families could spend time outside the hospital walls. The Romanaggi Garden was dedicated in 2006 and the Romanaggi's e...

Sensational summer fun is still a couple of months away, but here at Scuola Italiana, we are already imagining bright, sunny days and happy, giggling children exploring the world through our soccer, cooking and music camps.    To jump start the summer fun, we invite all children ages 3 to 12 years old to participate in our pre-camp cont...