Fodor's Expert Review Ava Gene's

$$$ Southeast Italian Fodor's Choice

Chef Joshua McFadden's fantastic Roman-inspired Italian eatery ranks among the top tables in town both in popularity and quality. Capsule-shape lamps dangle from the vaulted ceiling of this buzzy dining room with two long rows of banquette seating and several more closely spaced tables. The menu emphasizes regional, home-style recipes from throughout Italy, but focuses on local produce. You could make an impressive feast of three or four giardini (gardens) sides, such as pumpkin with brown butter, currants, and pecans. Satisfyingly hearty mains include spaghetti with artichokes, bottarga (cured fish roe), and lemon, and the tender lamb with lemon, garlic, and cultured cream. The cocktail and wine programs are also top-notch.

Italian Service Trendy Trendy Dinner $$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

3377 S.E. Division St.
Portland, Oregon  97202, USA

971-229–0571

www.avagenes.com

Known For:
  • Pane flatbreads with creative topping
  • Daily specials, such as rabbit on Thursday and braciole on Saturday
  • $70 per person family-style option
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No lunch

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