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Dinner Date at Nostrana

Normally our favorite thing to do on a Friday night is to order take out and have a relaxing night in. After exhausting work weeks we often don’t feel up for a night out. But lucky for us, our company celebrates a little something we like to call “Half-Day Friday” during the summer months. You work a couple extra hours during the week, and then come noon on Friday, you can start your weekend early! It’s kind of the most amazing thing ever. So these days, after vegging out for a little and taking the pup out for a nice long walk, we feel energized and ready to try new restaurants. Which is exactly what we did Friday.

Nostrana is an Italian restaurant located in southeast Portland. It’s not small, but it somehow still feels very cozy. We got to sit at the pizza counter, where we watched the chefs toss the pizza dough and slather it with delicious tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. Yummm. I can’t say enough about how incredible our food was. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water! I also enjoyed a fun trio of sparkling wines, all which I loved. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic date night if you’re ever in the area.

P.S. Just a fun little memory. Half way through our dinner another customer stood up and clinked his glass and asked if everyone in the restaurant would help him sing happy birthday to his friend, who was celebrating her 60th birthday. Everyone in the restaurant bursted out into song, it was so fun! 
{Photos © Liz Denfeld}

37 thoughts on “Dinner Date at Nostrana”

  1. wow. that looks phenomenal. we have a pizzeria in utah- Terra Mia Ristorante- authentic italian. it reminded me a lot of this place. glad you had a great time 🙂

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  2. Yum, this place looks delish, I'll definitely have to check it out next time my hubby and I are in Portland! Have you guys ever tried Piazza Italia? It's in the Pearl District, but it's definitely very authentic Italian, their pesto is to die for!

    Ps: Is that top from Forever 21? Because I definitely had that same one and LOVED it…wore it all the time as a dress in college, but then I think I gave it away because it was way too short to wear as a dress as a in the grown up world (ha), but I'm bummed I didn't think to wear it over jeans, it looks super cute!! 🙂

  3. LOVE, love, love fresh Italian food! The pizza looks delicious. I've never been to a restaurant where they cook the pizza right in front of you. How cool is that?!

    You look absolutely gorgeous, my dear! What a great night for date night!


  4. What a fun date night! And how sweet of the friend to request the happy birthday sing-a-long! Also loving the Three Shades of Lambrusco – unfortunately Lambrusco is MIA in London, i'm still on the eternal search!

  5. Looks like a great restaurant! Can't believe I've never been. I'll have to drag Carter out on a date night there soon 🙂


  6. i just found your blog and i fell in love.

    you take wonderful photos! you are incredibly beautiful.

    following you now. hope to hear from you soon 🙂


  7. hey liz! i just found your blog on the daybook (your wedding picture caught my attention- gorgeous! im a newlywed too!).

    that restaurant looks SO fun and delicious… and im super jealous of half-off fridays. i think im going to pitch that idea to the bossman 😉

    i love your blog and am now following. can't wait to read more!

  8. The pictures really do everything justice it seems. Looks yummy beautiful. How do you capture everything so well? Do you ask to take photos?

  9. I just stumbled upon your gorgeous blog and wanted to say hello! Seriously, your pictures are beautiful. I'm originally from the northwest (born and raised near Seattle), so your pictures make me miss the green and beauty up there!

    amy day to day

  10. Well you've made this pregnant lady very happy with all your beautiful and delicious looking photos! 😉
    PS: You're beautiful and I love your outfit!!

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