Join Us As We Celebrate 10 Years of Nel Centro!


Happy Birthday to Us!

They say time flies when you’re having fun and we certainly can’t believe that it’s been 10 years already. It has been a privilege to serve you for the last decade and we look forward to the next 10 years…and beyond!

In honor of our 10th anniversary, we will be showcasing menu favorites from the past decade. Each week in May we will be offering one classic Nel Centro dish from our greatest hits repertoire. So be sure to check below to see which of your favorites will be featured.

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10 Years of Nel Centro

For the month of May, our weekend dinner specials will highlight some of our favorite dishes from the past 10 years. Each of these specials will run from Thursday to Saturday during dinner hours. See below for the list of Nel Centro classics that we’ll be revisiting!

May 2 – 4 – Gnocchi with Radicchio & Gorgonzola Cream
May 9 – 11 – Ravioli Nicoise with Butter Sauce
May 16 – 18 – Bucatini with Lamb Meatballs and Aged Ricotta
May 23 – 25 – Pork Loin with Herb Gnocchi, Cauliflower & Pork Jus
May 30 – June 1 – Spinach Ravioli in Pesto Bianco

Birthday Week Specials

Birthday cake with candle


Our opening date was May 13, 2009 so we’ll be rolling out a few extra celebratory items during the week of May 13th. Since it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without cake, we’ll have slices of Nel Centro Birthday Cake as our dessert special during this week only. Yes, there will be sprinkles!

In addition, we are bringing back the beloved Nel Centro Lamb Burger during the week of May 13th. This burger was a customer favorite for years and we are excited to prepare it for the week. The Lamb Burger will be available from lunch until close May 13 – 17.

photo of busy bar at nel centro

The bar program, managed by Nathaniel Stout, has been a signature piece of Nel Centro fun. During the month of May, our specialty cocktails will reprise our favorites. Come and enjoy the best cocktails we’ve done over 10 years.

Highlights include the Genevieve made with Gin, Pear & Lemon. Also featured is theBelmont made with Knob Creek Whisky, Carpano Antica & Amarena Cherry.

Arts Partnerships

Portland Opera House

There is nothing like the buzz of a busy restaurant on a show night. Dressed to the nines and excited about a fun night out, our guests have relied on Nel Centro for a special meal, served with care and with enough time to get to their show. We love being a part of the vibrant energy of the theatre district and we would not be who we are without our partnerships with the arts. We have developed close relationships through the years with the following organizations and thank them for their friendship and support:

Portland Opera
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Chamber Music NW
Oregon Symphony
Third Angle
Portland Youth Philharmonic
PDX Jazz
Friends of Chamber Music
NW Dance Project
White Bird
Portland Baroque Orchestra

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1408 SW Sixth Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
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