The Genoa Restaurant spinoff Accanto will close October 28th.First reported by the Oregonian, Accanto, once the popular, more casual sister of the much-vaunted Genoa has announced they are closing. The restaurant which opened in 2009 never seemed to find its footing; I liked the food but tended to forget they were there. Over the years the quality of the food has varied, … [Read more...] about Accanto Restaurant Closing
Michael Garofola at Genoa Restaurant has announced that they are closing on May 11th for "an extended haitus". This decision was not an easy one--it never is with a beloved institution like Genoa--but the time is right for a new direction. We are truly proud of the Genoa tradition, and everything the restaurant has meant to the community. Most of all, we are incredibly … [Read more...] about Genoa Restaurant Closing May 11th
Portland restaurants are often very loud. Psychologists say that noisy restaurants not only make people feel like they are part of something, but they also tend to make diners eat faster, which helps turn tables. That might be fine on a Saturday night with friends, but sometimes you just want quiet conversation. An anniversary, perhaps. A first date... Last week I couldn't wait … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2013: Where Do You Go When You Want Quiet Conversation?
It's been a pretty slow period for restaurant news, but here are a few things that caught my eye:Michael Russell over at The Oregonian reports that Chef Jake Martin is returning to Portland from Seattle to take over as Chef de Cuisine at Genoa. He'll be working with Executive Chef David Anderson. You may remember Jake from Fenouil. Michael is going to have an interview with … [Read more...] about Misc. News for 12.5.12
Genoa, revamped in 2009, has a completely new look and feel from the original location. Anyone familiar with the original layout, will be startled by the change in décor. The front of the restaurant is welcoming and airy, with a lush, modern feel, soft lighting and a fireplace warming both the ambiance and the room. Sound absorbing materials, as well as the wide spacing between … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #17 Genoa