Nicoletta and Beppe's open in the Pearl
Inspired by the Torriti family of Cortona, Italy, including Giuseepe, Luigi, Nicoletta and her husband Beppe, Shari and Al Newman have shared their love of quality Italian food with diners at Nicoletta's Table, following a mission to "provide the freshest ingredients the Pacific Northwest has to offer in our homemade pizzas, pastas and breads, and to provide imported salumi, cheeses and olive oils that you would find in an Italian trattoria or Nicoletta's home, and to create an experience where around our table we become family, friends and community." As the popular Lake Osweo restaurant celebrates its tenth year of business the Newmans have been busy expanding the original restaurant to other locations.
They opened Nicoletta's Café about two years ago on the campus of Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, 8245 S.W. Barnes Road in Portland. The cafe serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.
This summer the couple opened Nicoletta and Beppe's at 1230 N.W. Hoyt in Portland's Pearl district. Though Nicoletta and Beppe's will serve the same delicious Italian dishes patrons have enjoyed at Nicoletta's Table, Shari Newman says the focus will be different, appealing to more urban diners. Small plate offerings and a different wine list head the modifications.
Wine steward Colleen Kenny has curated an impressive list of wines from each of Italy's regions.
Serving as executive chef at Nicoletta and Beppe's is Michael Barefoot, who has been at Nicoletta's Table for an extended period.
"Michael brings his heart and soul to Nicoletta and Beppe's," Newman said. "Both Victor (Lopez, executive chef at Nicoletta's Table) and Michael make it easy to see why they became chefs. They are working with local farms and local ingredients. Making their own ricotta and other fun foods."
Nicoletta and Beppe's will also add live music on a regular basis.
Newman assures diners that even with the modifications Nicoletta and Beppe's will still provide the same high quality dining experience enjoyed at Nicoletta's Table the past ten years.
"You will have a very comfortable experience," she said. "You'll still be treated like family."
Nicoletta and Beppe's is located at 1230 NW Hoyt St. in Portland. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday. To learn more visit nicolettabeppes.com or call 503-208-8920.