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COURTESY: ARROSTO  - Whole, half or quarter birds are available with sides as a meal or ala cart at Arrosto, which opened last week at Providore Fine Foods. Portland is going loco for chicken.


Roast chicken, that is, spinning sexily over an open rotisserie. Is there any other kind?

The city is already chock full of juicy, flavorful, crisp, golden-skinned free-range rotisserie chicken options, but more are springing up every day — including the Mexico City-inspired Pollo Norte (Northeast Portland) and Spanish-inspired Pollo Bravo (soon to open at Pine Street Market in Old Town).

This week another gift to chicken lovers graces us (and we’re not talking about Chick-Fil-A’s opening in Beaverton).

Arrosto, a Mediterranean-inspired rotisserie, fired up their spits at the shiny new Providore Fine Foods space on Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

With slow-roasted, free-range, antibiotic-free chickens rubbed with lemon and rosemary oil, you can take home the whole bird for $20, or $28 including three sides — the Arrosto salad, Arrosto potatoes and focaccia by Pastaworks, the anchor of the space.

They also sell half birds, quarter birds and sides a la cart, as well as wine, beer and other beverages. Customers may dine inside or outside, or order for take-out through a walkup window. How's that for service?

But what’s with the chicken obsession?

The humble rotisserie chicken — available in grocery stores everywhere — started climbing in cache a few years ago as chefs focused in on authentic region-specific preparations and made it their own.

"My husband Kevin de Garmo and I have long been obsessed with the rotisserie chickens we devoured on our travels along Italy’s Ligurian coast," says Kaie Wellman, co-owner of Providore Fine Foods and Pastaworks.

"When we first saw the building that’s become Providore, we knew we finally had the right space to open the rotisserie."

There’s more than just chicken to be found at Providore Fine Foods, a European-style specialty market that opened in February.

As the new flagship location for the 33-year old Pastaworks, Providore Fine Foods gathered a group of top local food purveyors to share the 5,000-square foot building, which formerly housed an automobile showroom.

The new marketplace brings local, regional and international culinary provisions under one roof, including pasta, cheese, prepared foods, dried goods, chocolates and candy, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages at Pastaworks; roast chickens at Arrosto; local, sustainable seafood and meat from Flying Fish Company + Oyster Bar and The Meat Monger; local produce at Rubinette Produce; breads and pastries at Little T Baker; and botanical floras at Emerald Petals.

@jenmomanderson

Providore Fine Foods

2340 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

Open daily 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

For info on menus, classes and tastings: providorefinefoods.com

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