The Pearl District in Portland has some pretty good eats. I have been hearing about this Italian restaurant for a while and I have to say it was pretty freaking good. I compared this place to Fratelli, which I feel has some really great Italian. Here is my review on Fratelli, if you'd like to compare even more.
The salads. Up top is the beat salad. I love yellow beats just as much as red ones. This salad was so yummy, but I know I am biased because I could pretty much eat beats for the rest of my life and be happy! The one below the beats is the Caesar salad that Shane ordered, also pretty tasty.
I ordered the potato gnocci--listed on the menu as "Handcrafted Potato Gnocchi, Spicy Lamb Ragu, Olives, Ricotta, Oregano". It.Was.Divine. So amazing. I think it one upped the famous lasagna at Fratelli. Now, I'm not saying don't get the lasagna at Fratelli because that stuff is beyond delicious. So good I can't even talk about it, just go order it. But the Lamb ragu with the homemade gnocci was something else, a very similar flavor but the buttery and velvety gnocci pushed it over the top. YUM!
Shane ordered the Char Grilled Piedmontese Beef, Gorgonzola Dulce Risotto, Pine Nut thing--basically a steak. It had a good flavor and for sure different than most steak house steaks. The pesto around the edge really added the most flavor.
I loved Girogio's but man is it expensive. Here is Shane's family friend trying to split up the bill (we had a large party). I couldn't stop laughing that she actually had an old fashioned calculator in her purse for situations like this!
So, any Italian restaurant recommendations for me? I'm not sure we can top Fratelli and Giorgio's but we will see!