Tasting Notes: Pasta Piatti

Pasta Piatti

Cuisine and scene: Casual-chic trattoria serves a wide variety of Italian dishes and a few Pacific Northwest specialties. Local ingredients, such as Rogue Creamery cheese, Noble espresso, Klamath potatoes and wild mushrooms, echo Italy's ethic of sourcing close to home. Rustic wood floors and bench seating meet upscale, colorful glassware in the cozy, welcoming dining room.

Recommended: Pacific mussels in prosecco and cream; cheese tortellini with peas, bacon and blue cheese; gemelli with grilled chicken and sundried-tomato cream; squash ravioli with brown butter, sage and blue cheese; sausage, beef and pork meatballs; pizza with wild mushrooms, Italian sausage and green olives.

Alternative diets: Wheat-free menu of pasta dishes prepared with rice noodles and pizza with soy crust, along with four other entrees; several vegetarian pastas, appetizers, soups, salads, eggplant Parmesan and risotto entrees, as well as five vegetable side dishes.

Beverages: Twenty Italian reds complement local, other domestic and imported whites, as well as West Coast reds by the glass, half-bottle and bottle; Oregon and imported bottled beers; local brews on tap; all-natural Italian sodas, soft drinks, lemonades, sparkling waters, specialty coffees and teas.

Price range: Appetizers, $2.95 to $9.50; salads, $6.25 to $10.95; soups, $6.25 to $6.95; panini, $8.75 to $9.95; pizza, $9.95 to $11.95; pasta, $9.50 to $15.25; entrees, $14.50 to $18.95; desserts, $4.25 to $6.75.

Extras: Free delivery in Ashland; limit two credit cards per table; 18-percent gratuity for parties of six or more; pleasant patio seating in fine weather; street parking.

Serving: Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner until 9 p.m.

Info: 358 E. Main St., Ashland; 541-488-5493 www.pastapiatti.com.

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