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TUSCAN SOUL FOOD

 

Burrasca is an intimate neighborhood trattoria steeped in the Florentine cuisine of chef-owner Paolo Calamai's roots: rustic, comforting, unfussy and rich in tradition. In offering an authentic, uniquely regional food and 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 and integrity of the best seasonal ingredients. And like all good Italians, we believe vino has a rightful place at the table. To this end, our affordable all-Tuscan wine list is lovingly obsessed over by Paolo himself who, over the years, has come to know many of the producers and estates and has cultivated an intimate knowledge of the soil, varietals and unique characteristics of this outstanding wine region.

Raised on the family vineyard and 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 and 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 and 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

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

25 GREAT SPOTS TO EAT & DRINK IN PORTLAND'S DIVISION/CLINTON NEIGHBORHOOD

"Always-smiling Chef Paolo Calamai spoons out authentic nonna cooking." PORTLAND MONTHLY

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." EATER

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." WILLAMETTE WEEK

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." PORTLAND MONTHLY

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." WILLAMETTE WEEK

 

WHERE CHEFS EAT

"Burrasca is a step back in time, as if you were walking into a Florentine trattoria in the 1970s. The food is religiously authentic and everything is handmade from scratch. Chef and owner Paolo Calamai surprises you with specials like hand-rolled pici with comforting Tuscan ragù and dishes little known outside of Tuscany such as La Francesina, leftover boiled beef stewed with tomato and love." Cathy Whims, WHERE CHEFS EAT, PHAIDON PRESS

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." Chef Cathy Whims, PORTLAND TRIBUNE

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." WILLAMETTE WEEK

PORTLAND'S BEST NEW RESTAURANTS 2015

"The new restaurant retains [its] 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." THE OREGONIAN

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." PORTLAND MERCURY

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We happily accept reservations as well as walk-ins. 

Our beautiful semi-private family table seats up to 10. For large groups and private dining options, please email us at mangia@burrascapdx.com. We'll gladly work with you to make your celebration memorable. 

During the warm season enjoy dining al fresco on our beautiful, oasis-like garden patio.

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

~ Gift certificates available  ~

Please note that a credit card is required to secure all reservations of 7+. We ask that you cancel with a minimum of 48 hours notice; cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will incur a $20 per person charge. We understand that plans change, but we're a small restaurant with limited group seating so your timely cancellation allows us to accommodate other guests.