On the first Sunday of each month, beginning on Nov. 5th, Ava Gene’s will become your favorite old-school Italian-American joint
Portland, Ore. (Oct. 31 , 2017) — This November, Ava Gene’s celebrates its fifth anniversary, and to mark the occasion, Chef/Co-Owner Joshua McFadden and his culinary team are turning the restaurant into their dream “red sauce Italian” restaurant on the first Sunday of every month. Tables will be covered with red-and-white checked vinyl tablecloths, candlesticks will be dripping, and the menu will overflow with all the nostalgic Italian-American dishes that are best accompanied by warm garlic bread. Think mozzarella sticks, baked clams, spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine alfredo, Fusilli con Buco alla Vodka, Chicken Parmesan, and Lobster fra Diavolo — all with house-made pasta, of course. Pastry Chef Nora Antene will fill the dessert menu with Tiramisu, Cannoli, Panna Cotta and a “Tri Colore” sundae. Families are welcome at Ava Gene’s Little Italy dinners, and a children’s menu will be available.
Little Italy Dinners at Ava Gene’s
Where: Ava Gene’s, 3377 S.E. Division Street, Portland, Oregon
When: The first Sunday of each month, beginning on Nov. 5th, through 2018 (note, the restaurant will be closed for a winter holiday on Sunday, Jan. 7th). Reservations are recommended, available between 4:30-10pm at avagenes.com or by calling 971.229.0571.
Details: Food and beverage menus for the evening are à la carte.
About Ava Gene’s
Ava Gene’s is a Roman-inspired restaurant from Executive Chef/Partner Joshua McFadden and his culinary team, with an emphasis on the best local produce and meats grown and raised by Pacific Northwest farmers and ranchers. Pastas are made from regional grains, hand-made and house-extruded. A regional Italian wine list complements the spirit of the cuisine, recognized for its “laser focus” by Wine Enthusiast as one of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants every year since opening in 2013. A creative cocktail menu and extensive selection of amari and grappa are served from the marble bar, which along with the chef’s counter open to walk-in guests each night. Ava Gene’s was named #5 Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appétit magazine shortly after opening, and has since been featured by Condé Nast Traveler, Lucky Peach, The New York Times, Food & Wine, Sunset, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Ava Gene’s menu features a rotating selection of classic Italian nightly specials, such as sugo on Sunday, meatballs on Monday, and a fish fry on Friday. In the summer of 2016, Joshua McFadden and partner Luke Dirks formed Submarine Hospitality, acquired ownership of Ava Gene’s, and opened their second restaurant, Tusk. McFadden’s debut cookbook, Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables was published in 2017 to nationwide acclaim. Ava Gene’s is open nightly, and reservations for the dining room are taken in advance. AvaGenes.com | @AvaGenes