Happy Valentine’s Day 2018 from Nel Centro


Just when winter starts feeling a little long, here comes Valentine’s Day, like a favorite song. Promise yourself—and your beloved—that this year, it’s all out. Flowers, a show, and a romantic dinner. And why not add a PDX Jazz brunch to the mix? We have two dates to choose from. Our new Executive Chef, Luis Escorica, has created some new winter dishes we’re super excited about. Also, be sure to check out Chef’s dreamy menu for the big day.


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Valentine’s Day Specials 

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Scallop crudo with uni, citrus, green olives & radish.

Butter lettuce with goat cheese, roasted grapes, pistachios
& pomegranate vinaigrette

Rib eye steak with creamed kale, roasted hen of the woods mushrooms
& sauce Bordelaise

Pomegranate & Almond Pavlova with raspberry coulis

Chef Luis Escorcia

*Our regular dinner menu is also available Valentine’s Day.
(photo by HUIFUK on Unsplash)

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Luis Escorcia, Executive Chef

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Altabira City Tavern’s Chef de Cuisine Luis Escorcia has returned to Nel Centro, where he takes over for departing chef John Eisenhart. Escorcia honed his skills at several notable San Francisco establishments. He fell in love with Italian cuisine during his tenure at the much-loved Lucca restaurant in Sacramento, Calif. His first cooking job in Portland was at Nel Centro as our sous chef, and he is thrilled to return as Executive Chef. We’re so proud to have you back,chef!

Chef Luis’ new winter dishes

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Chef Luis has introduced a new winter menu this month that you’ll want to explore. Three standouts: Spaghetti with Calamari Bolognese; Pizza with Italian Sausage, Leeks and, Fresh Mozzarella; Flat Iron Steak With Trumpet Mushrooms and Celery Root. These dishes were made to pair with an exquisite varietal from our Guy du Vin curated wine list. Here’s the full menu >

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Our new online reservation partner

Thank you to the folks at Reserve, for your excellent service.
Join us as we welcome back Open Table, our new online reservations partner.

PDX Jazz Festival 2018 & PDX Arts Scene 

PDX Jazz Festival announcement
The 2018 PDX Jazz Festival returns in February and, we will be hosting two jazz brunches this year. Join us on February 18th and February 25th from 10:30 am  – 1 pm for live jazz while enjoying a delicious brunch.  Reservations are recommended. No cover charge.

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Mary Kadderly & Dan Gildea
Sunday, February 18th, 10:30 am -1pm

Saeeda Wright Trio
with Alex Milstead and Glen Hoover
Sunday, February 25th, 10:30 am – 1 pm

Our arts calendar is packed over the next few months with Oregon Ballet Theater’s Alice in Wonderland (Feb 24 – March 4), Oregon Symphony continues their stellar line up of beautiful classics, and Broadway in Portland will be lighting the city on fire with Hamilton starting on March 21st and continuing through April 8th.

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People are talking about Nel Centro

“Amazing food was complemented by an outstanding server, with deliciously balanced craft cocktails that I’ve not seen elsewhere. Their courtyard patio space is well done also, which is where we enjoyed our cocktails before dinner. We thought, “What could top this amazing dinner?” Until we ordered fresh made desserts and went blissfully into a food coma. Worth every penny.”

~ Google Review

March 2018 is Portland Dining Month

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Cappellacci (photo by John Valls)

Portland Dining Month runs through all of March.
Portland Dining Month lights up the local dining scene with three-coursemenus for $33. Our menu gives you a choice in each of the three courses with vegetarian options available.

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First Course
choice of
Mesclun Greens with Fresh Herbs & Croutons

Cream of Cauliflower & Fennel with Fennel Pollen

Second Course
choice of
Rotisserie Chicken with Farro, Lacinato Kale & Delicata Squash

Heirloom Squash Cappellacci with Sage, Brown Butter & Hazelnuts

choice of
Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Strawberry Compote & Candied Basil

Housemade Ice Cream or Sorbet

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David Machado Restaurants

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Tanner Creek Tavern seasonal, approachable Tavern fare with inspiration and flavors from around the world.
The classic dishes of Northern Italy and Southeast France meet David Machado’s passion for culinary tradition coupled with locally sourced, seasonal food.
Altabira City Tavern is a rooftop, beer-centric restaurant, and bar, with smart pairings of food and drink in a modern, yet casual setting.
Citizen Baker is an urban bakery-cafe offering handmade, hearth breads, select pastries, fine coffees, hot breakfasts, soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Gift Certificates are available.
Tanner Creek Tavern Gift Certificates
Nel Centro Gift Certificates
Altabira City Tavern Gift Certificates
Citizen Baker Gift Certificates

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Portland, OR 97201
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View and download the Nel Centro Valentine’s Day 2018 Newsletter here.