2832 Southeast Belmont Street
Fine Italian cooking first dazzled Portlanders
in 1971, when restaurateur Michael Vidor opened Genoa restaurant
on Southeast Belmont Street. Genoa introduced Portland to the
cuisine of northern Italy with a two-hour long, seven-course, prix
fixe meal experience.
Genoa quickly earned a reputation as one of
Portlandís premiere fine dining establishments. Simply put, it was
the place for special occasions. The menu maintained its elaborate
seven-course format until November 2008.
From the beginning, Genoa sought out the
finest, freshest local ingredients. The superb classic cuisine
launched the careers of local star chefs, like former co-owner
Cathy Whims, John Taboada, Tommy Habetz and Kevin Gibson. Today,
Chef David Anderson embraces the commitment to excellence on which
Genoa was built. He has combined Genoaís recipes with his own
inspiration and experience to design an updated, five-course menu.
While we probably had the most expensive meal
here (per person) that we have had or will have for a long time
(thank you Google BTW) it was well worth it. The food is amazing,
the wine is even better, and the staff is attentive without being
nosy and informative without being intrusive.
Not only are the expected touches there
(beautiful and delicious food, and truly amazing wine) but the
extra touches were also there. Even when the restaurant got
busy the wait staff seemed personal. The atmosphere was
subtle but romantic, the pre-fixe menu has a vegetarian and meat
option (nice for those of us who feel like well cooked vegetables
are harder to prepare well than meat), the music was nice but not
obtrusive... in other words, it was certainly an amazing way to
spend an evening.