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Nicoletta's Table gets expansion

Italian restaurant adds pop-up, new kitchen

Photo Credit: REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Chef Victor Lopez and owner Shari Newman are all smiles about the new kitchen at Nicolettas Table. It greatly helps them expand the service for both restaurant dining and catering.

Fans of Nicoletta’s Table & Marketplace didn’t like waiting five weeks for the popular Lake Oswego Italian restaurant to re-open.

But now there is a bigger and improved operation on 333 S. State St., with a renovated kitchen and a new pop-up. And the fans are already back.

“The response to our restaurant has been very good,” said owner Shari Newman. “We have such great customers. We originally thought it would take only two weeks to rebuild the kitchen, but some construction issues came up.

“Being closed for five weeks was tough on our customers and tough on our employees.”

It was especially tough when customers made the plaintive plea, “I want some lasagna.”

However, things are better than ever, now that the kitchen has raised its number of burners from four to 10 and has installed a large grill for cooking steaks, hamburgers and vegetables.

The kitchen was even reconstructed so customers could look in and see how Italian food is made. They can even sit down and watch pasta being made.

“We opened up our kitchen,” Newman said. “The space wasn’t originally designed to have a kitchen. It’s the same space only it’s reconfigured differently. It will allow us to do more catering.”

The other addition to Nicoletta’s Table is about 20 yards down from the restaurant. Newman refers to the space as a “pop-up,” but the general public will probably see it as a café.

“Pop-ups are very popular in Portland,” Newman said. “We want to have it open during the holiday season, and it will also help with our catering. It’s a very fun, versatile, different kind of space.”

The meeting room at Nicolettas Table makes it convenient for community groups and just friends to gather for lunch.

Newman’s new pop-up functions as a coffee shop, wine bar and also features a farm table in the middle of the room. It will be open from 7 a.m. to closing six days a week.

Another special development is Nicoletta’s Supper Club, which will held every other week and feature different food themes, like truffles and chingiale (wild boar).

As much as has been done at Nicoletta’s Table recently, it may be only the beginning.

“We would like to eventually expand,” Newman said. “We would like to have a market with different shops for wine, pasta and coffee.”

For more about Nicoletta’s Table & Marketplace go to nicolettastable.com

Shari Newman is happy to welcome noontime customers to the farm table in the middle of the new pop-up space. It has been beautifully decorated for the holiday season.

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