Mucca Osteria

Chef-owner Simone Savaiano carefully selects ingredients to create authentic, Italian cuisine in an intimate downtown Portland restaurant.

100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2018

Valentine's Day has passed, but at Mucca Osteria love is in the air year-round.

At the Italian restaurant, located at 1022 Southwest Morrison Street, there’s a lot to love: the food, the ambiance, the charm.

OpenTable recently named Mucca Osteria as the only Portland restaurant on its “100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2018” list. 

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Mucca Osteria review: 2016 best Portland restaurants

Mucca Osteria, which opened five years ago, is a pocket of suburban decor with brick walls, ornate mirrors and a sepia-tinted map of Italy located on a downtown Portland block better known for rumbling MAX trains and inexpensive Mexican food. Yet this was the restaurant most often mentioned as an oversight in last year's best restaurant guide. That Mucca has survived, thrived even, is a testament to chef Simone Savaiano, a native of Rome who left behind restaurants in Italy, moved to the United States and eventually settled in Portland. Consider his leaning-tower Caprese salad, or the credit-card-thin discs of rare lamb carpaccio. On a recent visit, Savaiano's Lombata di Maiale, a fatty, salt-crusted slab of pork shoulder with figs, sauteed kale, polenta and a balsamic reduction, was cooked just about perfectly, retaining a rosy blush. Later, there was the pleasure of an espresso-rich tiramisu and the last drops of an inexpensive Chianti.

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