Lake Oswego's Nicoletta's Table expands Italian marketplace
Shari Newman had a vision, and the pandemic helped bring it to life.
The owner of Nicoletta's Table and Marketplace is holding festivities to kick off the opening of the restaurant's revamped Italian marketplace — typical to what folks might find wandering the streets of Italy.
From Sept. 9-12, the downtown Lake Oswego restaurant organized the Harvest Festival, offering live music, tastings, special speakers, and food celebrations.
"It's always been somewhat of a vision, but COVID made it more so because we had to pivot to more to-go items. And people were wanting that, and (we wanted to) just to address the need in the community for something like that," Newman said.
Nicoletta's Table has always had a market next to its dining space, but now those offerings have expanded, and the business has undergone a remodel. There are now new deli cases filled with a wide variety of Italian street food.
"My goal was to always have an experience similar to what you would have in Italy," Newman said.
People can pick up arancini, pizza, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and more from the deli.
"It's a much quicker turnaround than ordering online or coming in and picking it up," Newman said.
Newman added that the marketplace also offers made-to-order charcuterie plates, seven flavors of gelato, dried fruits, spices and other products based around the Italian or Mediterranean way of life.
Nicoletta's Table now offers live music once or twice a week, an outside patio with umbrellas and heaters, and a remodeled space to provide a synergistic and inviting atmosphere.
"We still have our event space where you can do private events currently, and you can have a whole side of the restaurant for private events," Newman said.
While the restaurant closes mid-day from 3-4 p.m., the deli will remain open continuously from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Newman said the Harvest Festival events will require pre-registration and will have limited availability.
"There's a whole lineup of people and places to experience the weekend and things that are happening there," she said.
For more information and to register for the events, visit Nicoletta's website.
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