Grassa

Carbonara from Grassa in PDX

Carbonara from Grassa in PDX

1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR
(503) 241-1133
Grassa

I am taking the month of April and I am doing a Cheap Eats Series. I am starting the month off with Grassa.

I have kind of heard mixed reviews on this place so we entered cautiously. Thought we would at least check them out and see what they had to offer and hope for the best. We just so happen to go during an off time, kind of an early dinner. Ok, it was really early, I guess we are preparing for retirement with our 4:30 dinner.  It gave us an opportunity to talk with one of the guys there. As you walk in you order at what looks like a hostess desk then you take a seat.

I ordered the Carbonara, not because it came with an egg, but mostly that was the reason, I love eggs on pasta.  I also ordered it because it had pork belly in it. My husband got the Mezze Rigatoni or the Sunday Ragu. We also ordered a salad to share while we waited for our pasta. My husband let me pick whatever salad I wanted, then pretty much turned it over when he realized it had roasted sweet potatoes in it. Pretty strategic on my part, wouldn’t ya say?

Beer brought over from next door

Beer brought over from next door

They did not have a good beer selection, but don’t worry. In case you didn’t know, this is the same owner as Lardo and Lardo is a door away. They told us to go over there and grab a beer and bring it back. I loved that because Lardo has a great selection of beer.

While we waited for our food the guys were back there making the pasta, rolling the pasta, cutting the pasta and getting it ready for the dinner crowd. It really is made in house and it was fun to watch.

Great salad with seasonal veggies in it.

Great salad with seasonal veggies in it.

The salad came out and it was large and dressed really well. Like I said, my husband turned it over to me because of the sweet potatoes, but it was delicious, he was totally missing out.

The pasta dishes came out and I was surprised by how large they were considering the price and the fact that they are making the pasta in house. Wow!  My carbonara was fantastic. Since I ate so much of the salad and some breadsticks I couldn’t even finish it, which made my son happy, he loves leftovers.

Sunday Ragu from Grassa.

Sunday Ragu from Grassa.

The Mezza Rigatoni was also very large and loaded with flavor. This dish was just $8 and it was more than enough for my husband. He on the other hand managed to eat it all and saved none for our son.

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  • Atmosphere was very industrial, but sleek. Lots of community seating.
  • Service was great. Even though we did order at the counter, they were helpful and came over and talked to us for a bit and filled us in on the place.
  • Pricing was very affordable with dishes starting at $7.
  • Drinks were also available from Lardo next door making it a great selection.
  • Grassa is located in Downtown Portland.

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