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TUSCAN SOUL FOOD

 

Burrasca is a neighborhood trattoria steeped in the Florentine cuisine of chef-owner Paolo Calamai's roots: rustic, comforting, unfussy & rich in tradition. In offering a uniquely regional food & wine experience, we hope to transmit our passion for the incredible gastronomic diversity of this spectacular chunk of Italy.

Our menu offers up the simple beauty & integrity of the best seasonal ingredients. And like all good Italians, we believe wine has a rightful place at the table. To this end, our fairly-priced all-Tuscan wine list is lovingly obsessed over by Paolo himself who, over the years, has come to know many of the producers & estates and has cultivated an intimate knowledge of the soil, varietals & unique characteristics of this outstanding wine region.

Raised on the family vineyard & orto on the northern edge of Florence, Paolo is an exuberant proponent of Tuscan cuisine in all its earthy glory. He grew up at the twin elbows of his paternal grandmother & mother, learning the repertoire of Florentine classics. In the restaurant business since age 16, he has worked with some of the most renowned Italian chefs & restaurateurs on two continents. Often likened to an ebullient version of Jean Reno's character in The Assassin, it's a rare thing not to see him smiling.

 

Phone

503.236.7791

Email

mangia@burrascapdx.com

Reservations

Email us or use contact form on Reservations page. Or by phone after 4pm Tu-Sun

 

Location

2032 SE Clinton St
near corner SE 21st Ave.
Portland, OR 97202

 

Hours

Tu-Thur 5pm–9pm
Fri-Sat 5pm–9:30pm
Sun 5pm-9pm

Press

EATER: WHEN SHE WANTS TO RETURN TO ITALY, NOSTRANA'S CATHY WHIMS HEADS TO BURRASCA

Whims says she likes it so much that it's not unusual for her to eat there three times a week, adding that after returning from a recent trip to Tuscany, she immediately dropped by in order to keep the Tuscan experience extended.

WILLAMETTE WEEK: THE CITY'S 99 BEST RESTAURANTS - NO. 5: BURRASCA

It is a type of restaurant that Portland almost never sees, and certainly doesn't see executed so well. Burrasca is a provincial spot with simple flavors nurtured with care—a humble, lovely ode to the food of its chef's hometown.

PORTLAND MONTHLY: THE 50 BEST PORTLAND RESTAURANTS FOR ANY OCCASION

Burrasca's greatest strengths are its pastas, like the tender ricotta gnudi, soaking up a pool of sage butter, and the velvety tagliatelle in thick beef ragù. Equally great: Calamai's garlicky, slow-cooked dishes like the dark, braised squid inzimino.

WILLAMETTE WEEK: TUSCAN SON: BURRASCA BRINGS THE BRIGHT FLAVORS OF FLORENCE TO CLINTON STREET

By far the most famous dish is the squid inzimino, a heady mix of tender squid, spinach crumpled like seaweed, tomato and herbs that arrives looking like no other plate in Portland. It's a pungent stew of inky, amorphous blackness punctuated with slices of crostini, both alien and deeply addictive.

 

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: COMFORT FOOD

Any of the handmade pastas at Burrasca fall into the category of ultimate comfort food for me. Last week I enjoyed large ravioli filled with fresh ricotta and squash blossoms. This week there's hand-rolled pici with guinea hen, pork and vin santo ragù  —Cathy Whims

WILLAMETTE WEEK: YEAR OF THE NOODLE: PORTLAND'S BEST PASTA

As at restaurants in Italy, Florence-born chef Paolo Calamai doesn't make every random shape of pasta to suit variety-hungry Americans, and perhaps as a result, his tagliatelle is remarkable in its consistency. The pasta is always on the right side of al dente, with its lightly-herbed beef ragù wonderfully balanced in salt, acidity and sweetness.

THE OREGONIAN: PORTLAND'S BEST NEW RESTAURANTS 2015

The new restaurant retains the food cart's charm and seasonal approach to food, currently featuring a pitch-perfect pappa al pomodoro and Calamai's old show-stopper: silky spinach-ricotta gnudi in a sage-infused butter sauce.

PORTLAND MERCURY: BURRASCA IS HONEST ITALIAN

Burrasca's menu offers no pork belly, no truffle butter, no fleeting menu item placed there to please the Yelpers. It's f***ing refreshing.

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We happily accept reservations as well as walk-ins. To reserve, email us or use the request form below. If it's after 4pm and you're looking for same-day reservations, call the restaurant directly at 503.236.7791.

Our beautiful, oasis-like patio is seated on a first come, first served basis. Our semi-private family table seats up to 10. For large groups & private dining events, we'll gladly work with you to make your occasion a memorable one. Our entire patio may be reserved.

An 18% gratuity is added to parties of 6+ — 20% is added to parties of 10+

~ Gift certificates available - just email us anytime or stop by/phone during regular hours ~

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