Image: John Valls

Price Scale

Enoteca Nostrana looks nothing like its neighboring mother restaurant, Nostrana, nor the city’s formulaic, aseptic restaurant mode. Instead, it’s an expensive marvel of postmodern Italian design: Tetris tiles in shades of gray, squishy Champagne-cork-inspired bar stools, and pastel-hued Pixar-logo lamps. Sommelier Austin Morris Bridges stocks the 2,000-plus-bottle cellar—an impressive, well-aged library of Italian wines. But Enoteca isn’t just a boozy waiting room—it has its own kitchen and menu of Italian staples and snacks, including an intensely smoky oyster dip that falls somewhere between stringy queso and bluefish pâté, and a DIY tomato pasta. Silly? Yes. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a better spaghetti in red sauce anywhere in the city. 

Meal Times
Dinner, Happy Hour, Late Night
Good to Know
Outdoor Dining, Parking
Good For
Conversation, Date Night, Private Parties

Enoteca Nostrana

1401 SE Morrison St., Portland, OR, 97214
Daily, 4 p.m. to midnight