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.
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Nostrana is a classic in Portland for reliable and excellent Italian food. There pizzas and much else sees time in the wood fired oven which imparts nice flavor and texture. My wife and I had lunch there most recently and the food did not disappoint. The complimentary bread and focaccia are good, then we shared an Insalata Nostran (radicchio with Caesar style dressing). My wife had trout and I had a wild mushroom lasagna - both excellent. Service was quite good though it was at the very end of the lunch service.
If I had a bone to pick, I think the by-the-glass wine prices are a little high. My wife had a couple glasses of sparkling Franciacorta Barone Pizzini Brut Animante at $16/150ml glass; that's $80/bottle for a wine that probably costs them $25 or less; I had 2 glasses of 2016 Montesecondo Chianti Classico again at $16 per small 150ml glass (one underpoured) for a wine that can be had for $20 or less retail by the bottle. These are not outrageous prices, they just didn't set well with me. If it was dinner, I would buy by the bottle or bring my own from my cellar.
That being said, I'm always happy to come back here.
Great food, great service. Really enjoyed it.
We were pet of the last seating on Valentine’s Day and the service was excellent - didn’t feel rushed at all. Had the Valentine’s Day 3-course prix fixe. Great selection and wine pairings of Italian wines were very interesting. The decor is artistic and the venue with high ceilings and exposed pipes etc beautifully decorated.
As always the food was exceptional and the staff was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. It was Valentines Day, they handled the turnover with such ease. The menu options provided something for every taste. If you’ve not been, you should find the time. What a Gem.
The select menu for Valentine’s Day was very disappointing. We would have never gone if we knew of the selections we would have to choose from.
The 3-course Valentine meal was suburb!! We had the scallops and tuna.
This spot is our go to! My husband remarked that we’ve come to Nostrana more than any other restaurant in Portland. The staff did their best for it being an EXTREMELY busy lunch rush on a Holiday. We will return of course but probably later at night , it’s beautiful with the candles and we like sitting at the bar. By FAR the best pizza in the States.
I had to wait for almost half an hour when I made the reservation two weeks ago. The steak I ordered was not as good and it was cold
Modest portions, almost was sat at a table for four with a party of six. Could’ve squeezed in but would’ve been tight and uncomfortable. A group of seven ended up at the table we were intended to sit at, should have more large tables for bigger groups!
First time at this restaurant. Nice decor, the off street parking is always a plus in PDX. As a business person I eat & entertain out weekly and have become rather conscious of detail with an establishments service as I believe it is a direct reflection of its management. Based on my only visit I think management did an outstanding job training what was a very attentive staff. We had a 5:30 reservation, the hostess both welcomed and seated us promptly. Our server made eye contact, introduced herself and offered suggestions at each request which is greatly appreciated. The Oysters on the half shell as well as mussels & fettuccine were outstanding. The entrée selection was noticeably limited. However, both the roasted chicken and smoked trout were very good. We are not serious wine people. We prefer a top shelf cocktail with dinner rather than wine and this restaurant is clearly oriented to those who enjoy a good bottle of wine, each to his own! If I were to manufacture a complaint, it would be with the bar. Certainly a full bar but disappointingly limited on Vodka selections. Indeed, my martini came out in wine glass. No worries really, just a suggestion to management from a lowly connoisseur of spirits...consider Investing in a couple martini glasses, a bottle Chopin Vodka! :) We look forward to our next visit to Nostrana reglardless.
Wonderful food as usual! Always consistently delicious!
It was a charmed evening from beginning to end. The people were very special and of course the food was perfect. I just love it there.
Crab Pizza was great, Pasta was ok, ambiance is very nice for special occasions or date nights. Good experience overall.
We celebrated our daughters birthday. T was our server and she was excellent, Friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The pizza, pasta and trout were cooked to perfection. The butterscotch bidino was the “icing on the cake” for the evening. We will definitely be back!!
We came to Portland to celebrate our one year of marriage and nostrana was highly recommended. We chose to have counter dining. Hostess came and sat us at the bar. There were 3 seats left available up against the wall. My husband did not want to sit staring at a wall so we asked to sit in the other two seats and the left over seat was the wall one. Apparently that was an issue. After getting sat we ordered a pellegrino. The bartender poured both drinks with ice in them. I asked for a cup with no ice for my husband. She picked up my cup and dumped it down the drain and gave me the empty glass. Fast forward, she’s telling us the special. Her wording to be exact was “our fish special is from a few days ago.” Already, that isn’t appealing. She also did not seem to realize anything that accompanied the special. We finally order a glass of wine and food. She never brought us the wine and did not come back to check on us at all. We had to flag down the other bartender to get us wine. Our food came and we ate it. She was clearing up our plates and knocked over my husbands full glass of pellegrino again. So at this point half our bottle of pellegrino has been dumped down the drain. Usually this doesn’t bother me, but she was not apologetic at all about the glass she dumped down the drain and the one she spilled. We finally get the check, I give her my credit card. She puts it in her apron and proceeds to wipe glassware. Not running my card, so we are just sitting there waiting to leave. Finally she comes back over and says she forgot to charge us for the wine. So she gives me another receipt. She charged us for the wrong glass of wine that she never gave us. But that we had to ask from someone else. Overall, the experience was terrible. I spoke to the manager after the meal, and he was apologetic but it seemed like he expected her behavior like that. We are from out of town, and we are also in that same industry. This was probably top 3 in our worst dining experience
After living in this city for ten years, and having the hilarious pleasure of meeting Cathy a time or two, I was so pleased to finally bring a visitor (my mother) into Nostrana for my first time in. Bread was amazing, her steak was perfectly cooked, and we both loved our wine. ((And thanks for having the option to have the delicious radiatore without bacon!!))
My only sadness was that gnocchi were off the menu for the evening, but all the more reason to be back soon!
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Food was great as always, it felt really cold in there (Not sure why the overhead fans were on, there was a draft the whole evening. Our server was a little short with us.
Food was great. Waitress was ok, but not the friendliest. Service at the bar next door was great.
Always a pleasure to dine at Nostrana. Delicious food and wine - perfect amount of attention from staff.
Service and food were excellent. We were very pleased.
I went with some friends and we had a great time. I am already looking forward to going back soon.
Wait staff was amazing, great advise on options, perfect pace for deriving food and wine bar next store is great place to come early
Wonderful dinner with great service all around. We had the charcuterie, ribeye bisteca, and cheese course with a delightful aglianico wine. All of the servers and sommelier were knowledgeable and provided great service. Keep it up Nostrana!!!
Service was quite slow. It seemed like they were overwhelmed. Too many customers and not enough bartenders nor kitchen staff, it seemed.
I always enjoy evenings at Nostrana! The evenings here never disappoint!
Excellent experience we will definitely return.
I don't know why it has taken me so long to get to Nostrana, but I'm glad I made it there. We went, as a group of 4, on Tuesday night, and it was completely full with people waiting to be seated. I was glad I had made a reservation on Open Table in advance. The first thing I noticed was the blazing wood-fire pizza oven. Second was the soaring wood-beamed vaulted ceiling that gave the effect of dining in a Tuscan barn. It really is a lovely space. Our server was attentive and helpful, and the food was equally as impressive. Did I mention the bread? Oh, the bread!!
Both couples started with the radicchio Caesar salad, which our server told us was a house specialty, and it didn't disappoint. Our friends followed with two of the pizzas which I didn't try, but they looked amazing, and our friends raved about them. My husband had the capellini which I found to be dry and lacking in flavor, but he thought it was ok, not great. On the other hand, my trout was outstanding. Pan-fried to perfection and served with grilled baby kale and a garlicky aoli, it alone was worth going back for. I shared bites with everyone at the table, and they all said that they would order it next time we return, which we most certainly will. A wonderful find that will become a regular haunt!
Wonderful food from sublime ingredients and attentive and informed service. We shared the giant ribeye--oh my, it was so good. The lemon/anchovy pasta was wonderful. Loved the arugula caesar salad as well. Good advice on wine. I love this place because it is so focused on the excellent food and the ambience is fairly simple but is also well thought out so as to make it a very casual, non-stuffy experience.
Food and service always excellent. But it's pricey.
Loved the orange wine. Made a reservation for 9. Waited 20 min and was given a free cheese plate for the wait. Which was amazing. Tried the octopus and loved it. Great service!
I brought my husband for his 50th birthday after a friend recommended the ribeye. The drinks were good and the food was even better! The staff was friendly and on top of things regardless of the place being packed!
From first to last everything was perfect. The food, the wine, the service all were first rate.
We always come to Nostrana for our birthdays. There is something so special and comforting about having dinner at Nostrana.
Love this place! It’s amazing every time.
I took a close friend there to celebrate her birthday and she was so delighted with the food, service, ambiance and the special candle commemorating her birthday along with the outstanding crisp for dessert! The greeter, wait staff and servers were friendly, efficient, knowledgeable. I am happy that dining in the winter months at Nostrana has it's own charm and also, look forward to the summer months out on the patio.
We are frequent diners at Nostrana and it is always excellent! We have hit gnocchi Thursday twice now and the gnocchi all romana is to die for. The quality of food and drink and the excellent service keeps us coming back.
Probably close to the 100th time we’ve eaten there. Never disappoints!
We enjoyed our experience with the exception that we had perimeter seating and were so cold that we had to leave our coats on. There were no perimeter heating units, radiators or diffusers. The food was great, but there were were no affordable wine options.
Overpriced for lunch buns on chicken meatballs were burned
Very little salad for $3