Location: SE 33rd and Division
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-2:30 and 5pm-close; Sun, 10am-2pm
I have enjoyed some amazing dishes at Portland’s Italian restaurants over the years. I learned that a good pasta dish wasn’t just spaghetti and a tomato sauce with sliced sausage and bell peppers, a dish I ate my weight of after college because it was cheap. Italian fare is broad and flavorful and the chef at Artigiano knows how to make it well.
In a 16′ cart in the parking lot of a local handmade furniture designer, Artigiano has made its home, serving the community and broader Portland some of the finest meals you can get from a cart. The chef, Rachael Grossman, began her culinary career as a child in her grandmother’s kitchen. She took that passion and graduated Le Cordon Bleu and spent some time in Casperia, a village outside of Rome where she fell in love with local ingredients and the simplicity of Italian county cuisine. After her return and some work at prestigious restaurants, she decided mobile kitchens are where its at and opened Artigiano in the Woodstock neighborhood of Portland. After enjoying one of her dishes, I’m envious of those neighbors.
At Artigiano, they pride themselves in fresh local ingredients and handmade pasta. While the regular menu offers salads and pasta dishes featuring fettuccine, ravioli, gnocchi and rigatoni, there is always a daily special. At a cart like this, that is the first thing I go for. If the chef has taken the time and effort to go “off menu,” you know it is going to be worth it. The day I visited the special was fettuccine with garlic scapes, red pepper flakes and shaved Parmesan served with a mixed green salad and sliced baguette on the side. Yes, please! The scapes were so fresh, they had just finished prepping them for lunch. The dish was brilliant with that light garlic flavor, a buttery texture and a hint of heat from the red pepper flakes. One of the finest pasta dishes I have enjoyed.
Artigiano knocked it out of the park and with that kind of skill in the kitchen, I know Chef Rachael has a home here in Portland’s culinary scene. They serve lunch and dinner and have seating if you prefer to eat at the cart. They even offer a tasting menu if that interests you. Just ask. It excites me to see carts like Artigiano with the level of cuisine one would normally expect at a multi-star restaurant on the streets of Portland. It tells me we still have area for growth. Check out Artigiano when you’re down in Woodstock and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Bread & Oil Ciabatta, Extra Virgin, Balsamic – $2
- Garlic Bread Toasted Ciabatta with Garlic Butter – $4
- Caesar Salad* Romaine Hearts, Grana Padano, House-made Dressing & Herb Croutons – $4
- Hand-cut Fettuccine with your Choice of Tomato or Cream Sauce – $10
- Add Pork or Chicken – $2; Add Meatballs – $3
- Seasonal Ravioli Stuffed with Locally Grown Garlic Scape & Parmigiano in a Cream Sauce – $11
- Add Chicken – $2
- Handmade Yukon Gold Gnocchi with Sauteed Zucchini & Browned Butter – $10
- Add Bacon – $2
- Rigatoni Budget conscious diner’s dream! (not handmade) With Tomato Sauce – $6; With Cream Sauce – $7
- Add Pork or Chicken – $2
- Add Meatballs – $3