Fratelli for Portland Dining Month

A friend had recommended this Italian restaurant Fratelli just earlier this week, which I realized I had always passed by and been intrigued but then forgotten about! So when I looked at the list of Portland Dining Month restaurants and saw it on the list as well, I was happy to finally visit. Fratelli is right next to the more boisterous Oba, but I wanted to enjoy a more peaceful atmosphere and although tempted by the outside tables with sangria as I walked by, I stayed firm- and was well rewarded.

This intimate Pearl District restaurant has been serving regionally inspired Italian cuisine since 1998 and  features a simple and regional approach to Italian home cooking, with dishes that use seasonal and local ingredients from area farmers. I sat inside to enjoy the rustic atmosphere, but there were also some tables on the sidewalk which were a bit more lively as they were enjoying their happy hour.
Fratelli restaurant, simple Italian, Pearl district, rustic Italian

It was a warm 80 degree day, so I needed some refreshment first. They were great at refilling my pint sized water glass that I kept draining so I was never thirsty, and I also really was refreshed by their version of a Lemon Drop that uses Limoncello.
Fratelli restaurant, simple Italian, Pearl district, rustic Italian, Lemon Drop that uses Limoncello Fratelli restaurant, simple Italian, Pearl district, rustic Italian, Lemon Drop that uses Limoncello

The 3 courses they are offering for $29 for Portland Dining Month include

    • First Course
      Board of chicken liver mousse and seasonal pickled vegetables
      Fratelli restaurant, simple Italian, Pearl district, rustic Italian, Board of chicken liver mousse and seasonal pickled vegetables Fratelli restaurant, simple Italian, Pearl district, rustic Italian, Board of chicken liver mousse and seasonal pickled vegetables
      I know not everyone is a fan of terrines and pates, but I love this stuff, and ever since I have been enjoying it in Portland I have thought Portland is fortunate in that it offers the best charcuterie in the world
    • Second Course
      Smoked Mt. Shadow pork loin – French green lentils, preserved lemon
      Fratelli restaurant, simple Italian, Pearl district, rustic Italian, Portland, smoky rich Smoked Mt. Shadow pork loin with French green lentils, preserved lemon
      Fratelli restaurant, simple Italian, Pearl district, rustic Italian,Portland, smoky rich Smoked Mt. Shadow pork loin with French green lentils, preserved lemon
      I cannot emphasize how good this dish was, where there was a perfect balance between the taste of the perfectly cooked pork, the smoky flavor, and subtle seasonings and flavors and textures that were contributed with those lentils that were earthy but as comforting as a carb like rice or pasta.
  • Third Course
    Ginger shortbread cake – strawberry mousse, wild plum coulis
    Fratelli restaurant, simple Italian, Pearl district, rustic Italian, Ginger shortbread cake – strawberry mousse, wild plum coulis
    After that large second course, this was the perfect light bite to finish off the meal

Make your Portland Dining Month reservations via OpenTable so that Downtown Portland will also make a donation to the Oregon Food Bank!

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Check out my other Portland Dining Month escapades: I ate at Quartet, Accanto, Urban Fondue, Fratelli, H50 out of my initial list!

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  1. We have a Fratelli’s here in Ottawa, but it does not look nearly as good as this!

  2. Yumm!! Glad to see someone else enjoying Portland Dining Month! Are you planning on hitting up anywhere else?

    • I have high hopes for Quartet, and maybe Wildwood… my husband promised me a date night and those are the two I pointed out from my Portland Dining Month list to him… How are you doing with PDX Dining Month?

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