Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.
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Caffé Mingo, Portland, OR
Dinner at 8? Not if you want a table at Caffé Mingo. Showing up at 5pm has been the rule for some time at Michael Cronan's spot. The menu is celebrated for fresh ingredients, subtle shifts on classic Italian comfort food, and nuanced elaborations. So yes, you'll find a Caprese salad, but you it may be a winter Caprese with oven-roasted tomato. Your homemade penne pasta comes tossed with beef braised in Chianti and espresso, and the baked pasta laced with Dungeness crab. And hey, if you just can't wait, there's always Bar Mingo next door, where Jerry Huisinga cooks up small plates.