Can you believe it’s almost the end of June? This summer is already flying by so fast! If you’re in Portland, Oregon, you still have a couple of days to take advantage of Portland Dining Month: 80 local restaurants are offering 3 course meals for just $29 each. Such a deal!
Accanto is a casual Italian cafe owned by the same brilliant team who owns one of my favorite restaurants in town, Genoa. Whereas Genoa is a fabulous Go-To restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries, special nights out, and a great place to take a group of out-of-towners and business colleagues, Accanto is a fun, fresh, casual everyday type of neighborhood cafe. The space is light and very comfortable.
I was excited to finally have the opportunity to try their dinner menu. I’ve been to Accanto before for brunch and it was phenomenal. Try the ricotta doughnuts with lemon curd. Delicious!
Their Portland Dining Month menu is as light and comfort-driven as the space itself. I started off with a celebratory cocktail (celebrating the fact that it was Thursday. Yay for Thursdays!). I enjoyed the Modern Fashion: Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Cocchi Barolo Chinato and Angostura bitters over large ice cubes. Goodness in a glass. If you like Bourbon, you’ll love this drink. It was as delicious as it was beautiful.
First Course: Marinated olives and spiced almonds. Both are stunningly delicious, and I am not even a fan of olives!
Second Course: I had the salad (pictured below), which was an arugula salad with radish, snap peas, basil, and ricotta salata. It was dressed lightly and was very refreshing.
Third Course: I enjoyed the potato gnocchi with lamb bolognese, mint, and pecorino. This was a slightly heavy combination for me (the thick gnocchi paired with a rich bolognese sauce), but it worked perfectly.
Dessert: Rose panna cotta with strawberries and lambrusco. What a wonderful complement to the rest of the meal. The panna cotta was a refreshing finish that tasted of summer with the sweet strawberries and light lambrusco wine sauce.
The regular Accanto menu contains small plates and large plates, making this a wonderful restaurant to check out with friends and share a few dishes. The emphasis is on local ingredients, and they often feature items such as salami, mozarella, and pastas that are made in-house.
For those of you who enjoy fun beverages, I was impressed by the cocktail, wine, and beer menu. Accanto offers creative cocktails, a mostly local beer list, and wines from both the Pacific Northwest and Europe. You can even choose from neighboring Genoa’s extensive and impressive wine list.
If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, definitely take advantage of Portland Dining Month before time runs out! Through June 30th, 80 local restaurants will be serving up three courses for just $29 each. Be sure to read my original post on Portland Dining Month for the full scoop and for my personal picks. So many options, and you can’t go wrong if you choose Accanto!
Thanks to UrbanSpoon for sponsoring this delicious dinner, and to my fellow Portland food bloggers for the wonderful company!