This is where the magic happens

This is where the magic happens

3302 SE Division St
Portland, OR
(503) 781-3040

If I told you that you could a stellar gourmet meal at a food cart would you stop? Many people see the menu, see the prices and keep walking. They were hoping for that $5 brat.

Wait just a minute though.

What if I told you this was quality fine dining food with cart made pasta? What if I told you whenever possible they locally source their greens from SE Portland farms? What if I told you that you could do a 3 course dinner for 2 or a Chef Choice family style feast?

Wait there’s more. 

What if I told you on occasion they have live jazz music? On this evening there was a live jazz duo playing softly in the back ground as we made our way through our courses. Make sure you think about that as you look through these pictures. Now take a minute to see what we got with our Chef’s Choice family style feast and then we will talk about if you would stop or not.

Antipasti platter

This is how it all started.

Olive tapenade, Salami, spicy chickpeas, marinated cauliflower, fresh mozzarella with pesto and salad.

Olive tapenade, Salami, spicy chickpeas, marinated cauliflower, fresh mozzarella with pesto and salad.

Lemon Fettuccine with capers, chili & olive oil

Lemon Fettuccine with capers, chili & olive oil

Pasta tossed with a tomato cream sauce. A very large serving.

A very large serving of Pasta tossed with a tomato cream sauce.

Tomato braised meatballs with zucchini

Tomato braised meatballs with zucchini

Braised Pork with farro

Braised Pork Shoulder with farro

Dark Chocolate Torte served w/ house-made caramel sauce

Dark Chocolate Torte served with house-made caramel sauce. Can you see the salt crystal?

I am still baffled that ALL THAT came from a food cart. It was spectacular. We took friends that travel to Italy often and even they were wowed by the awesomeness of this place.

The starter platter was a beautiful presentation with 6 choices, everything fresh and special.  The lemon pasta was so delicately made, but the flavor was bold and had a tiny bit of spice with the chili. The pasta in creamy tomato sauce was a very large serving. All 4 of us grabbed a nice size serving, and we all had to go back for seconds to finish it off. Somewhere in there we also got a side of crusty bread with olive oil and vinegar.

The courses kept coming.

Next was the Meatballs that were so tender you had to drag them to your plate. The sauce was perfect and the zucchini was a great added touch. When the braised pork shoulder with farro showed up I almost fell out of my chair. First, I couldn’t believe there was more, but most importantly it was the one dish I really wanted to try that evening. To my surprise there was no tomato sauce with it, just flavorful, tender pork served over farro. The flavor was outstanding. Again, we all had to go back for a second bite to finish it all off. I was not only excited to see dessert coming, but was pleased to see it was a very small serving. Just enough to finish on a high note and not send you over the edge into a food coma. It was very rich, so the small piece was all you really needed.

You might be wondering how to take advantage of this great tasting. You need to have a party of 4 or more and it’s just $20 a piece. That’s it. Grab your friends and head on down. Everything is served family style, no paper plates and real silverware too.  They bring each course out to you and they explain to you what everything is. The whole experience is super special. We all agreed we didn’t feel like we were at a food cart, but in the courtyard of an upscale restaurant.

So let me ask you again. Would you stop?

  • Atmosphere is quaint in this single food cart setting. They have fenced in an area and created a cute courtyard feel with a covering and heater.
  • Pricing is definitely higher than what you normally spend at a food cart. The food is something you would get out of a 4 star restaurant. Now the pricing is not looking too bad after all.
  • Service is great. They were both very helpful and loved that we chose the Chef’s Choice.
  • They do have some drinks there and they are currently working on their liquor license to offer even more choices.
  • Artigiano is located on Division and 33rd.

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  1. That looks amazing, exactly what I would expect at a tablecloth restaurant, but you get to dine al fresco AND enjoy live jazz AND support this adorable entrepreneur small business of a small cart where they come and explain the food for you?! What a wonderful experience.

  2. Wow! Looks like the kind of food you’d get in a fancy restaurant! Adding this place to my list!

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