our story


the story so far

the space

Nel Centro is spacious, filled with light and good cheer.
Italian white marble, hand-blown glass lighting,
floor-to-ceiling windows, plush leather booths,
Douglas Fir tabletops, and an amazing
outdoor patio.
It all makes for a relaxed and distinctive space.
Our bar is open and friendly, a splash of uptown swank.
Tour our restaurant and visit our gallery.

our space, nel centro, portland, or

We have two private dining rooms—Nizza and Genova that hold up to thirty guests,
a banquet room and two executive board rooms.
Outside, find the best outdoor patio in Portland,
with fire pits and a living wall.
Nel Centro is downtown, “in the center”.

the food

photo: salmon, nel centro, Portland, OR | photo by John Valls, P
Our food has its roots in the French and Italian Riviera.
Vines, olive and chestnut trees, and small kitchen gardens dot the countryside of both regions.
An unusual degree of culinary inventiveness formed the basis for a resourceful, peasant cuisine.
Fresh herbs, vegetables and seafood are central to this food.
It’s no wonder that Ligurians call their cuisine la Cucina Profumata, the perfumed kitchen.

the team

dave machado, michelle glass, daren hamilton, nel centro, portland, or
David Machado — Chef/Owner
Michelle Glass — General Manager
Daren Hamilton — Director of Operations