Chef Matt Lightner of Castagna - Portland, OR

1752 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 231-7373
Hours: Wed- Sat 5:30pm-close

Pale wood and ash-colored walls create a serene backdrop for some of the most innovative food you’ll find in Portland. With Chef Matt Lightner headed to the Big Apple (and we’re excited to have him), Chef de Cuisine Justin Woodward will be taking up the mantle. And from what we’ve seen, locally foraged and Northwestern ingredients will feature heavily. In any case, it’s a far cry from comfort food-based Portland—ground anemone, anyone? A new addition to the team, Pastry Chef Eve Kütteman interprets the Northwest-elegant aesthetic with finesse in dishes like her spin on an ice cream sundae: Wild Ginger with Long Pepper, Ginger Shortbread, and Herbs. Castagna stalwart and sommelier Jack Hott’s pairings seem effortless, despite the complex dishes. He’s spent over ten years here, so he’s really in his element, adapting seamlessly.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Seared Rockfish with Roasted Sunchokes, Seaweed, Capers, and Seaweed Infusion
  • Morels with Foraged Vegetables, Malt Crumble, Slow Cooked Duck Egg Yolk, Pine Nuts, and Chicken Skin
  • Bay Scallops with Fresh Almonds, Rhubarb Juice, Chicory, and Lovage
  • Ground Anemone with Pine Nut Gravy, Morels, Rabbit Sausage, and Spinach
  • Hen with Garden Peas, Thyme, and Hay
  • Wild Ginger with Long Pepper, Ginger Shortbread, and Herbs

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