My favorite Italian restaurant in Portland recently shut down to my dismay. In its spot though, came Oven & Shaker, a combination of Nostrana Chef Cathy Whims & NW Native bartender, Ryan Magarian. As disappointed as I am to see yet another local business shut it's doors, the saying rings true in this instance: "when one door closes, another opportunity opens."
Needless to say, this restaurant rocked my socks off! From the sexy atmosphere to mouth-watering food AND cocktails, I will without a doubt be returning. Part oven, part shaker, this restaurant offers mind-blowing pizza AND out-of-this-world cocktails in one sitting. Served family style, it is perfect for groups & for a saucy date night (Lady & The Tramp style...).
From the classic Margarita Pizza to a Bacon Brussel Sprout Pizza, the options range from one spectrum to the other, with perfection in between.
As the signature cocktail, the Pineapple Trainwreck is sweetness at it's best (aka: sans the sugar-high & hang-over). This baby is lovingly hand made, down to the fresh, house-squeezed juices.
I rarely leave new restaurants without trying their dessert (shocking). This past weekend, the homemade gelato was Dark Cherry Buttermilk & yes, it tastes just as good as it sounds.
Every detail of this restaurant has clearly been executed to perfection. I look forward to heading back & trying out their late-night happy hour as well.
Also, any classy restaurant that serves fried mozzarella is fantastic in my book. Don't let that discredit my opinion though....
*Instagram photo taken by me (@Mandy_Jae). All other photos taken by Oven & Shaker photographer, John Vallis.