Native Sicilian Executive Chef/Owner Francesco Inguaggiato of Bellino Trattoria Siciliana (Bellino), located in the former Fratelli space in Portland’s Pearl District, announced today that he will introduce Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, a Monday night Supper Club and new winter hours.
Born in Palermo, Sicily’s capital city, Inguaggiato brings 100 percent, classic and authentic Sicilian cuisine to Portland. With Bellino, which is his mother’s maiden name, Inguaggiato is driven to deliver innovative cooking that is true to his Sicilian roots and bring traditional, Sicilian culinary culture to Portland.
Located at 1230 NW Hoyt in the Pearl, Bellino opened in April of this year. And, based on the growing market demand for his Sicilian dishes, Inguaggiato has chosen to now offer Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays which is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As with dinner, the Brunch menu offers traditional Sicilian dishes including the following:
· Frittata di Petralia – Sicilian omelet with potatoes, eggplant and goat cheese served with sautéed spinach, almonds and toasted bread;
· Rombo al Timo – Seared halibut with celery and onions, topped with fresh thyme and served with fingerling potatoes;
· Penne Pistacchio e Gamberi – Penne pasta in a light, pistachio sauce with shallots, a pinch of nutmeg and shrimp.
Given Sicily’s topography with its mountain towns and seaside villages, Bellino offers traditional Sicilian meat, fish and vegetarian dishes and freshly-prepared pasta dishes in the form of Antipasti, Primi, Secondi and Dolci with gluten-free pasta and gluten-free options available. Bringing wine directly from Sicily, Bellino also offers an extensive collection of Italian wines, a combination of local Portland and Italian beer, and a full bar.
On a night when Bellino has traditionally been closed, Inguaggiato will also introduce “Francesco’s Festa Italiana,” a Monday night Supper Club at Bellino from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Monday night. Francesco’s Festa Italiana will celebrate the unique cuisine from all over Italy, offering dishes from some of the country’s top culinary regions as well as some traditional Sicilian dishes from the restaurant’s regular menu. The meu will focus on the following regions in Italy: Tuscany, Sardinia, Campania, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria and Lazio, serving Antipasti, Primi, Secondi and Dolci from each region. The menu for “Francesco’s Festa Italiana” will change weekly. Reservations for the Monday night Supper Club are recommended but walk-ins are welcome.
The new winter hours at Bellino will be as follows: Dinner 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays; Happy Hour daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. except Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; Brunch/Lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Inguaggiato grew up working with his mother in his grandfather’s trattoria in Palermo, learning the ingredients and traditional preparation of Sicilian food. In addition to authentic Italian cuisine, Inguaggiato’s other passion was basketball and he played professional basketball for the Italian League in Italy for 18 years and coached professionally for three years. He married an American woman, Susan, and the two moved to Texas where his wife’s parents live and Inguaggiato opened two successful Italian restaurants there in 2004. Inguaggiato still owns and serves as the Executive Chef of these two Texas-based restaurants.
For reservations please call (503) 208-2992 or visit the Bellino’s Website or Open Table or Bellino Trattoria Siciliana on Facebook.
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