Hours: Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2 pm, Dinner: Sun–Thurs 5–10 pm Fri-Sat 5–11 pm
The anchor of a fancy strip mall (somewhat out of place in close-in SE PDX) Nostrana's specialty is wood-fired pizza but their menu is not limited to that. Antipasti, soups, pastas and more come out of their kitchen and the ingredients are fresh and mostly local. The clientèle seems to lean to the Starbucks-totin', SUV-drivin' crowd who sometimes seem to pack the place, so be warned. But that said, it makes for a good place to bring your folks when they visit.
Payment Type: Visa/MC
Happy Hour Info: For a place tucked away in Southeast, Nostrana is the epitome of classy. High ceilings cap a wide-open dining space that specializes in Italian fare—and the happy hour capitalizes on the best of their menu. While their list of drink specials could use some expansion (cocktails are limited to a Campari and soda, or a gin and tonic), pasta, antipasti, and pizza are the true starlets of this show. A $7 pizza margherita—one of three pizza choices—is nicely fired, gorgeous, and easily sharable with your attractive dinner date. Also highly recommended is the insalata Nostrana—an expertly dressed salad featuring radicchio, parmigiano, rosemary-sage croutons, and Caesar-style dressing. (Don’t share this, it’s too delicious.) Nostrana’s happy hour is the perfect late-night stop for showing off without drifting into the canyons of downtown. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY daily 9 pm-close, $5 drink specials, $3-9 menu