A Top Italian Food Destination - Ava Gene's
Now hearing about Ava Gene's may not be "new news" to many that enjoy the Portland restaurant scene. Indeed, this powerful, culinary dream spot has been splashed in headlines not only in Portland, but in many a PDX travel guide and even Bon Appetit Magazine and the NY Times! Well, the hype is well-deserved, I can tell you that. From the incredibly creative and tasty takes on vegetables, to the subtly amazing treatment of pasta and proteins, Ava Gene's will literally cause you to dream about food. It's that good. And sure, it is on the pricier side, but this is one place you won't leave feeling like you've been bilked. It's worth it. Just be sure to get a reservation as the word is definitely out on this great, SE hotspot.
So Good it Doesn't Have to Be Pretentious
Some restaurants charge you for fancy white table cloths and excellent valet parking. Others get a strange but somehow attractive rap (to some) for having a grumpy wait staff. I think the idea in that latter point is, "the food is so great here you will simply put up with the attitude...or some such." Then, of course, there are clear exceptions to these rules. Ava Gene's is one such locale. Not only is the wait staff extremely nice and accommodating, the atmosphere, while certainly high-end, is in no-way prohibitive to the casual dresser. It's just a perfect mix of welcoming atmosphere and extremely good food. I think this combo is one reason Ava Gene's has held onto its ultra-popular status after being named a top 5 new restaurant by Bon Appetit in 2013. Many would let such fame go to their head. Not here. The food and staff remain top notch.
My Menu Favorites
I wish I could boast at having visited Ava Gene's more than twice. Well, I can't...but I can say that in my two visits I've been sublimely happy with absolutely everything landing on my plate. I will be back for more and more. Yet I can at least report on what I have had, and expect nothing but positive superlatives!
Useful Ava Gene's Links
If you haven't tried Ava Gene's yet, be sure to go. And as noted, get your reservations early. If you've been before, well, perhaps seeing this article will prompt you again...although a return visit to this fine place really doesn't need a reminder (your stomach will do that!). Below are some useful links to further explore this great spot:
Website: www.avagenes.com Hours: Serving dinner nightly Prices: $$$ Spendy, but worth it! Menu: Here is a very tasty list of greatness! Interview with the GM: Check this out here...it's a GREAT read. Location: 3377 Southeast Division Street, Portland, Oregon 97202 For Reservations: Get them here