1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Helmed by Noma and Mugaritz vet Justin Woodward, the gourmet temple that is Castagna is an anomaly in the street cart–laden, doughnut obsessed city of Portland. Specializing in artful haute cuisine, Castagna is a two-time winner of The Oregonian’s Restaurant of the Year award and a bucket-list destination for foodies looking for high-concept dining. The restaurant offers two tasting menus (six or 12 courses), which are built around regional ingredients and served in a simple, minimalist dining room. Each course is plated to perfection and can be completed in just one or two bites (an unfortunately small size, given the superb execution of such dishes as the carrot cooked in goat butter, sure to convert vegetable naysayers into lifelong fans). Dessert is equally surprising, and the potato skin ice cream with buttermilk and meringue has been hailed as one of the city’s best dishes. Patrons looking for something casual can dine next door at Café Castagna, which proffers simple but delicious cuisine like braised kale and Italian sausage pizza and roast chicken.
Written by Emma Pierce