ABOUT PORTOFINO


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About Portofino

Established in 1990, Portofino is SE Portland’s longest standing Italian Dining institution, never resting on its laurels and constantly striving to be it’s best. It is a cozy neighborhood trattoria in the heart of Sellwood that utilizes fresh, local ingredients to create Italian-inspired dishes.

Ingredients sourced from local providers and many from our own gardens (approximately an 1/8 acre) become the tools our chefs use to create a menu rooted in Italy, but also draws from the Mediterranean and Pacific Northwest. We make almost everything from scratch “in-house” from pastas, sauces, cured meats, sausages, cheeses, etc.

Portofino’s has Portland’s 2nd largest wine list and our wine program will enhance each guest’s dining experience by offering wines primarily from Italy, Oregon and France, but several other regions.  A full bar is also available for diners, with many house specialty drinks, as well.

A professional service staff complements the food and wine experience at Portofino. Thank you for visiting our website, and we hope to see you soon. We accept reservations, but they are not required, so please call us at (503) 234-8259.  Ciao!

CHEF JASON TOM

Our Chef, Jason Tom’s initial interest in cooking began in his family’s home.  And although he did some professional cooking at chain restaurants when he was younger, he really became inspired by how his cooking could cause his family, and his entire community, to come together. Meals were more than a time for sustenance and nutrition, they were events for communal story-telling, sharing of ideas and generally collecting the neighbors and other members, as well.  It was through food’s power within his own culture and traditions which inspired him to look towards cooking as his life’s work.

Jason moved to Portland, Oregon in the year 2000 with the express goal of becoming a chef. He attended the Western Culinary Institute in 2002. Upon graduation in 2003, Jason began working with the regionally and nationally renowned chef Caprial Pence at her restaurant in Sellwood. The Chef de Cuisine, Mark Dowers, really took Jason under his wing and he continued to work at Caprial’s, along side his mentor, ascending to Sous Chef before his departure in 2008.  Jason then began a journey to try and master the art of pasta making, working at Bar Mingo, Caffe Mingo, A Cena and the Inn at Whittier in Alaska. Shortly after returning to Portland in the fall of 2013 Jason accepted the offer to become the Chef at Portofino .

And here we are today, watching Jason week in and week out coming up with exciting and delectable specials from many local, seasonal ingredients. His deft hand with pasta is constantly evident, and we make pasta fresh everyday here for our guests to enjoy. Jason has also taken a real interest in the gardening aspect of our restaurant, and we have maximized our back garden under his care. Enjoy the difference!

Thanks for coming to see us. Enjoy!