TUSCAN SOUL FOOD
Burrasca is an intimate neighborhood Italian restaurant located in Southeast Portland, steeped in the Florentine cuisine of chef-owner Paolo Calamai’s roots: rustic, comforting, unfussy and rich in tradition. By offering a uniquely regional Italian food and wine experience we hope to transmit our passion for the incredible gastronomic diversity of the spectacular chunk of Italy that is Tuscany.
Our menu offers up the simple beauty and integrity of the best seasonal ingredients. You’ll find Tuscan specialties rarely seen on menus in America: like testaroli alla lunigiana, squid inzimino, ciaffagnoni, fegatelli, castagnaccio, tortelli mancianesi, la francesina and classic ribollita. 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 and yields many unusual varietals and surprises—lending to the total Burrasca experience of terroir.
Raised on the family vineyard and orto on the northern edge of Florence, Paolo is an immigrant chef and exuberant proponent of Tuscan cuisine in all its earthy glory. He grew up at the twin elbows of his mother and grandmother, 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, including the iconic Cibrèo in Florence. It’s a rare thing not to see him smiling, or dunking a cantuccino into the last drops of Sangiovese at the end of the night.
2032 SE Clinton St
near corner SE 21st Ave.
Portland, OR 97202