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Genoa back with favorite dishes

A notable Portland restaurant reopened its doors this week.

Genoa, tabbed as the city's original farm-to-table restaurant, had been closed since November 2008 after a 38-year run. It has reopened under the guidance of executive chef and General Manager David Anderson and owner Trish Eiting.

Anderson, 31, a native of Ketchikan, Alaska, had been a chef at several Portland restaurants, including Vindalho. His menu will feature many of Genoa's signature dishes, influenced by classical Northern Italy cooking, including grissini and pasta, ricotta and salumi, meat and seafood.

The restaurant, 2832 S.E. Belmont St., has also undergone a modern redesign.

'The old Genoa will be visible both on my menu and inside the dining room,' Anderson says. 'We consulted with former owner Kerry DeBuse to include many of Genoa's well loved recipes.' He says Genoa will still rely on local farmers, growers and ranchers for local and seasonal ingredients.

Genoa serves a five-course prix fixe dinner for $55 from 5:30 p.m. to close Tuesday through Saturday.

Genoa's building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Eiting worked with local firms Fix Studio, Siteworks and Works Partnership Architecture on the redesign.

- Jason Vondersmith