Written by Megan.
Living in a city with so much good food can be not only costly, but a little exhausting (first-world problem, I know). This is certainly not a new problem. Deciding who picks the restaurant is just the beginning. By the time we have decided who is actually going to attempt to select the spot, we both have phones out and our computer screen up. We have so many choices!
Lately, our solution has been this:
Pick an area of town
Park the car
Walk until we find something that sounds good
We simply use our eyes and ears until we find a place that suits the atmosphere we want and will satisfy our appetite. We have stumbled upon some of our favorite new restaurants this way. This week, our new favorite has been a spot that we have walked by dozens of times, but have never made the time to stop.
Piattino in the Pearl.
We found their menu conveniently displayed right outside their door, taking us back to our honeymoon strolling in Paris and Nice. We selected all of our meals this exact way in Europe. We are surprised to notice that there are so many restaurants that still do not do this in the US. This simple little thing is always such a pleasant surprise for us to find because we are both vegetarian. We do not want to waste our own or anyone else’s time trying to determine what is served that we can actually eat.
It was warm enough for us to dine outside on the sidewalk and we were seated at their beautiful rustic bar tables situated on the corner of NW Everett and 12th Ave. We started our meal by sharing a Roasted Beet Salad. Guy chose the Fettuccine and I the Lasgnette for our entrees. This Lasgnette is now without a doubt on the top of the list of one of the best pasta meals I have had. It was served in a cast-iron skillet, keeping the temperature nice and hot. This kept the entire meal melt-in-the-mouth delectable.
We were greeted by not only the server during our meal, but owner Kooroush Shearan. It isn’t every day that you are served and greeted by the owner of a restaurant anymore, unless you are abroad. This gesture had Guy and I talking about how rare this is to see in American-run restaurants. We find that due to this, there is a lack of love in the food and connection in the restaurant experience. We spoke of Guy’s experiences with this in Spain and how often the restaurant owners would sit among the guests, actually participating in the entire experience with them. This kind of service is so incredibly appreciated and is a rarity in our fast-paced, profit-seeking world of food.
The meal was delicious, the service was fantastic, and we will definitely be going back!
To learn more about the restaurant and owner of Piattino, we found this informative article in the Portland Interview Mag.