Friday Date Night @ Nostrana

Last Friday night Luke & I went out on a spontaneous date night. When he got home from work, we looked at each other & said, ehhhh let's go out! So we did :) We had both been wanting to try Nostrana for quite a while, so tonight seemed like the perfect night to do so! Nostrana is small & cozy Italian restaurant in SE Portland; the name literally translates to mean "ours". The food is simple, fresh & all around delicious. We knew this place was popular, but didn't realize that meant reservations extremely recommended, if not, required. We ended up having about a 20 minute wait & then we were seated at the pizza counter. In all honesty, I love these settings the best! You get to watch the pizza dough being tossed in the air & thrown in the piping hot pizza oven! I always love seeing how everything comes together in a restaurant, so the pizza counter was perfect for us!
Luke's Whiskey drink & my Amber beer.
Fresh baked bread with the most yummy & fruity olive oil.
Cheese & crackers.
Rigatoni Bolognese: beef & pork ragu, parmigiano 
  Capellini: With Marcella’s № 3 tomato butter sauce

Is your mouth watering yet? Our food ended up being a-m-a-z-i-n-g, so fresh & delicious. Next time we go back we're trying the pizza! If you're ever in the Portland area, I would highly recommend trying out Nostrana! Your taste buds will thank you :)

- Photos © Holly Carman -

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  1. you take great pictures. My goal is to learn how to take pictures like.
    Love them all
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  2. looks like a really nice place! can't wait to go on a date with hubby for v-day! it's been too long!

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  3. Yum!! So funny, Alex and I were just deciding between Nostrana and another restaurant for tonight - you've def helped make my choice!!

    Caitlin

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  4. Ahh! I have been dying to go there for so long! I need to get on that immediately.

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  5. Your photos are stunning! What camera do you use, if I may ask?

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  6. Thanks, Jessica! I am using a Canon Rebel T1i with a 50mm 1.8 lens.

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  7. If you liked Nostrana, you really should try Cathy's new spot in the Pearl, Oven & Shaker. Pretty good pizzas and amazing cocktails.

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  8. If you liked Nostrana, you really should try Cathy's new spot in the Pearl, Oven & Shaker. Pretty good pizzas and amazing cocktails.

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  9. Thanks dejvicka! I've heard of it & I'll have to try it out soon!

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  10. omg those looookkk soooo goooddd... i'm finding an italian restaurant asap!

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  11. Oh yummy this all looks so good!! love your blog!! keep up the great work :))

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