The Portland Report: Food & Wine's Best New Chef Cooks at Castagna
A recent trip to Portland opened our eyes (and wallets) to some of the greenest city's great finds. This week, Sedona Fitzgerald will take you on a little field trip to "The City of Roses" for some of her favorite picks. Warning: this will make your stomach growl.
While we were in Portland we took a break from the city's numerous food carts and treated ourselves to an amazing meal at local foodie fave Castagna Restaurant. We'd recommend you do the same.
Castagna is helmed by culinary wunderkind chef Matt Lightner and it shows. All of 29, Matt returned from Europe last year and brought a new, innovative presentation to the restaurant and the menu.
What to order? Keep reading for menu picks...
As Lightner does all of his foraging himself, the menu changes frequently and is seasonally-influenced. He was named 'Best New Chef' for this year by Food & Wine and Castagna was named 'Restaurant of the Year' by The Oregonian so it's definitely picking up accolades, but the food really does speak for itself.
Dig into plates like Dungeness crab with raw sunchoke, brown butter, sea essence and anise oil, the potatoes slow cooked with soft scrambled eggs and toasted garlic or the pumpkin cooked in sugar crust, coffee and pumpkin seed ice cream. The prices are reasonable too, for $65 you can feast on a four-course meal from the current autumn menu.
Castagna is only open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner (starting at 5:30pm) and reservations are a must, so plan ahead and work it into your PDX travel itinerary while you can.
· Castagna Restaurant [Official Site]
· Portland Field Trip: Tapas-Style at Tasty n Sons [Jaunted]