a Cena’s JUNE & JULY BLAST is celebrating an inspiration from the Italian Cuisine that is both delicious and intriguing-the artichoke. Artichokes are abundant now in America and Chef Gabreski will use them in several of his recipes.
Artichokes are one of chef’s favorite foods for its uniqueness and versatility.
Carciofi alla giudía (literally “Jewish style artichokes”) is one of the most famous dishes of the Roman Jewish cuisine.
This recipe originated in Rome and is basically a deeply fried artichoke. Especially suited for this dish are the Artichokes of the Romanesco variety, which are harvested between February and April in the coastal region between Ladispoli and Civitavecchia, northwest of Rome. They are a specialty of the Roman Ghetto, where Jewish restaurants prepare them each year during spring. Here in Oregon, we are able to get and use baby artichokes for several months. They are from Northern California.
a Cena wishes to celebrate this Roman region tradition by presenting this and other of Chef Gabe Gabreski’s familial and recent recipes. Please come and enjoy this experience at a Cena.
Of course our regular dinner menu is always available.
Carciofi alla Giudia
There’s no telling how old this recipe is—it could conceivably date back to Imperial times, when the Roman Jewish community numbered about 50,000. In any case, Carciofi alla Giudia are a wonderful treat: they look like golden sunflowers and their leaves have a delicious nutty crunchiness. This recipe uses large artichokes. If you can get baby ones, try it. Either way there will be a “hit”. Download recipe here.
La Vignarola Roman-Style Spring-Vegetable Stew
Another Inspiring Recipe From Chef Gabe’s Recipe Book. Download recipe here.
Crostata of Rhubarb and Strawberries
Crostata? It’s easy as pie. Download recipe here.
In Search of Fine Wine
Pio Cesare has been producing wines for 135 years and through five generations in its ancient cellars in the center of the town of Alba.
The Pio Cesare winery was founded in 1881, by Cesare Pio. He was a very successful entrepreneur and was inspired to produce a small and select quantity of wines from the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco for himself, his family, friends, and customers. Cesare Pio was dedicated to the terroir of the Piedmont region and to producing wines of the highest quality.
Join us on Thursday, June 21st at 630pm for an exciting evening with Pio Boffa, the fourth-generation proprietor of Pio Cesare and Chef Gabriel Gabreski for an outstanding pairing of wine and food.
$150 + gratuity
Reservations are limited. Call 503.206.3291.
During June and July, a Cena is celebrating the cuisine of Lazio. This includes Rome, capital and largest city of Italy.
Chef Gabe Gabreski and the staff of a Cena Ristorante welcome you to enjoy the food and wine of this dual-personality region and city. At once, Rome and this very Roman area blend the ancient and the modern.
Much of Lazio is flat or rolling. Agriculture, crafts, animal husbandry and fishery are the main traditional sources of production. Agriculture is characterized by the cultivation of wine grapes, fruit, vegetables and olives. Chef Gabe will use these cultural, healthy and delicious products in several of our menu items and for specials throughout this season.
A Few More Words About Lazio
The Italian word Lazio descends from the Latin word Latium. The name of the region also survives in the tribal designation of the ancient population of Latins, Latini is the Latin language spoken by them and passed on to the city-state of Ancient Rome.
Open for Lunch
11:30am – 2:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Here is a sample of our current lunch menu. There will always be something new to try as our menu does change frequently.
Our Local Farmers
Grazie to SuDan Farm, Rising Stone Farms, Bonnie Stern, Creative Growers, Sweet Briar Farms, Braesco, Weppler, Peck Forest, Morning Star Farm, Yamhill River Farms, and Deep Roots Farm for their wonderful products and their great service.
A Cena’s Individualized Attention
Plan a Party
Intimate and Special – Allow us to plan a Party that your guests will appreciate and remember. Contact Eugene or Jonathan and with Chef Gabe you can design your next private party. In-house, catered, or in FESTA, a Cena’s Exciting Private Dining Room. We will do the food, service and clean-up.
A Great Gift
Gift Cards are available for that special someone; family celebration, birthdays, anniversary, business or a special ‘thank you’. Order a gift card at your next dinner, or over the phone. Again, a gift card is a thoughtful and delicious present throughout 2018, AND DON’T FORGET, JUNE 17, 2018-FATHER’S DAY.
We are a community minded…
…and thoughtful business. We have committed ourselves to using the freshest ingredients. Most of our food is prepared in our own kitchen and many items are provided by other Portland and Oregon businesses. We strive to be a good Sellwood-Moreland Neighbor. We will endeavor to continually raise the standards of our restaurant. We will meet and surpass your expectations.
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