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Mucca Osteria (Portland, OR)

Mucca Osteria
1022 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97205
Dining date: 10/25/21

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During a quick trip to Portland, we had one free evening to try one of the city’s many restaurants. After browsing options, I chose this Italian restaurant in downtown Portland. Reviews were very favorable across all platforms, especially touting the house-made pastas, which was enough to sell me on this spot.

A six-course tasting menu was available for $95, but we opted to order a la carte. The kitchen was nice enough to split the portions and essentially craft a custom tasting menu for us. 

Capesante Seared sea scallops, Parmiggiano fondue, shallot relish, saffron gel

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Tagliatelle al Cervo House-made tagliatelle, slow braised venison ragù

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Gnocchi al Fagiano Slow braised pheasant ragù, Porcini mushrooms, Reggiano cheese

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Petto d’Anatra Muscovy Duck Hen Breast, Umbrian lentils, Marsala sauce

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Tiramisu Espresso soaked Savoiardi biscuit, mascarpone, cocoa powder, dark chocolate

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The meal at Mucca was good albeit unmemorable – there weren’t any highs or lows. Scallops were seared nicely with a complementary parmesan cream and sweet shallot relish, while duck breast was also cooked well and paired with earthy lentils. The two pastas had similar rich ragus, but I preferred the tender gnocchi for its textural contrast. Having said that, I couldn’t really tell that the pastas were made in-house. The meal at Mucca overall did not live up to expectations, but maybe mine were too high.

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