Author Archives: Andrew Collins

Montesacro Restaurant Pearl

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

A trip to his homeland convinced Gianluca Legrottaglie to introduce pinsas to North America. His mission has been an unqualified success, and he recently opened Montesacro Pinseria Romana in Portland. Gianluca Legrottaglie was only three days away from flying back to San Francisco. He’d been in Italy, feverishly learning everything he possibly could about opening

Can Font Pearl

Sherry on Top

A new tapas menu, weekend brunch, and innovative cocktails are keeping Can Font at the forefront of dining in the Pearl. The tender pork collar arrives on a toothpick skewer over a mound of tangy-sweet orange marmalade. A satisfyingly crusty montadito (a miniature open-face sandwich)—topped with warm goat cheese, a balsamic red wine gel, and

Sisters Coffee Pearl

A Fresh Cup

With new treats and a beautiful remodel, a treasured café reopens. The team behind Sisters Coffeehouse (1235 NW Marshall St, 971-279-2957, surely weren’t thrilled when fire and flooding in an upstairs residence forced them to shut down operations for four months. But sibling owners Jared, Jesse, and Justin Durham made the most of a

Refresher Course Pearl

Refresher Course

Cool off this season with any of these six stimulating summer sippers. Served in stylish Mason jars, the slow-brewed, flavorful boba milk teas at Tea Bar are at once voluptuous and feathery light. Plush tapioca pearls lend texture, organic tea provides complexity, and the all-natural flavors are artful and appetizing. Think peppermint, taro, cocoa-cinnamon, Thai

Piazza Italia dining room


SOCCER WITH A SIDE OF LINGUINE Gino Schettini and Kevin Gorretta opened a restaurant first and foremost to encourage socializing and sportsmanship. “It was meant to be a place where friends could gather and enjoy themselves while watching soccer games,” says Roberto Herrera, manager of Piazza Italia (1129 NW Johnson St, 503-478-0619, “These kinds

Pizza Slices in the Pearl District

Pizza By the Slice

With so many fine Italian eateries in the Pearl, you’re never far from stellar pizza. Fans adore the creatively topped pies at Oven and Shaker (1134 NW Everett St, 503-241-1600, San Francisco’s noted Star ( chainlet is bringing its cornmeal-crust, deep-dish pizza to the former Paragon space in June. And you’ll find enticing options

The Art of Community

There are more ways than ever to tap into PNCA’s creative energy. Preteens creating costumes during a smARTworks summer youth camp, adults engaged in classes on picture book illustration or etching, acclaimed multimedia artist Wendy Red Star—who grew up on Montana’s Crow Reservation—lecturing on her work. These are just a few of the hundreds of

Eat Globally in the Pearl

Expand your culinary horizons with a memorable meal at these outstanding Asian restaurants. It’s no secret that Portland excels when it comes to cuisine of the Pacific Rim. Right in the heart of the Pearl, Sinju Sushi Bar & Grill (1022 NW Johnson St, 503-223-6535, stands out for both its bright, flavorful food and its

Heads of the Class

Check out the Pearl District’s most celebrated restaurants helmed by women. By the time Jill Ramseier sent back a woefully substandard crème brûlée at an acclaimed Cleveland, Ohio bistro a couple of decades ago, the young culinary-school graduate already had both the capability and confidence to run a restaurant’s dessert program. On this fateful occasion,

Ovation Coffee and Tea

Sitting Ovation

With spring flora abloom, we know just the café to take a seat and soak up the view. On the ground floor of the sleek Encore condo tower, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking verdant Fields Park, Ovation Coffee & Tea (941 NW Overton St, 503-719-7716, is owned by affable Moroccan-American brothers Carter and Zak Elhabbassi.

Dean of the District

Often working behind the scenes, Larry Jackson has made a positive impact on the Pearl. Whether or not you know Larry Jackson personally, if you spend time in the Pearl District—and especially if you live in a condo in the neighborhood—you’ve likely felt his influence on one of the West Coast’s most dynamic and desirable

Paragon Restaurant and Bar

Fireside Chat

An exemplar of savory gastropub fare, well-crafted cocktails, and self-assured affability, Paragon dispenses both great food and conversation. You can’t miss it, especially on a chilly winter day, and even when the soaring garage-door-style windows open to bustling Hoyt Street. The first thing everybody notices upon entering Paragon Restaurant & Bar (1309 NW Hoyt St,

Dough Nuts

Desserts for the modern pleasure seeker Sisters Joan Pacetti and Julia Schmid recalled childhood memories of baking with mom in coming up with the idea for the Cookie Dough Cafe (120 NW 13th Ave, 503-477-7985,, which solves an enduring problem you never realized you had: not enough dough in your bowl of cookie-dough ice

Rise & Shine

Get your day off to a great start with breakfast at these four diverse—and delicious—eateries. With all due respect to basic breakfast fare—pancakes, oatmeal, scrambled eggs and bacon—these ubiquitous dishes that dominate diner menus can, after a while, start to feel little, well…basic. Several notable Pearl restaurants, however, offer refreshingly novel breakfast offerings. The cozy