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Good Tidings of Pasta and Wine

A Delicious Gift Idea   Our annual holiday gift card giveaway is back! Purchase $100 worth of gift cards this holiday season, and receive a $20 Pastini gift voucher. Pastini Gift Cards make perfect presents for teachers, friends, coaches or your hard-to-buy-for Aunt Agatha. Treat your friends and family and keep the $20 voucher as […]

Pastini and the Eugene Emeralds: A Home Run!

  It’s been a little more than a year since we set up shop in Eugene, Oregon. Since then, you’ve opened your arms by welcoming us to your community and sharing our love of pasta. The old saying rings true: teamwork does make the dreamwork. Which is why we teamed up as sponsors with the […]

Pastini Volunteers SOLVE the Cleanup

Kudos to our terrific team of Pastini volunteers for participating in the 35th SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup on September 29th. Kim McAdam, Becky Surface, Halee Brown, Steve Talamantes and Katie Quittschreiber spiffed up a two-mile stretch of the Deschutes River Trail in Bend, picking up over 150 pounds of garbage, adding to the 42,000 […]

Volunteering at the Portland Community Farm

Pastini had the opportunity to volunteer at the Portland Community Farm with the Oregon Food Bank on Tuesday, October 17th. It was a blast! Our main focus was preparing the farm for the changing of the seasons. We weeded, removed pumpkin plants that were done producing for the season, planted onions, put up fencing to protect […]

Warm Up with Fall Flavors

Wine and Thyme Braised Lamb Ragu is a perfect fall dish… rich, slow-simmered lamb with garlic, tomatoes, red wine, carrots, onions, and lots of fresh organic thyme, served with Bob’s Red Mill polenta cooked with butter and parmesan. Paired with a glass of red, like our October wine of the month Barnard Griffin Cabernet, this […]

Meet the New Players on Pastini’s Wine List

We take great pride in showcasing local wines from Oregon and Washington, in addition to wines from across the pond in Italy. This Oregon Wine Month, we are excited to share our new, expanded wine list with all of you. We are also hosting a very special sweepstakes that will have our wine lovers crossing […]

Enter to Win our Oregon Wine Month Sweepstakes

May is Oregon Wine Month, and we’re going all out for the occasion by hosting a very special sweepstakes that will allow you to experience the diversity and breadth of Oregon’s wine offerings. The grand prize includes VIP tastings at two of our favorite local wineries, one night’s stay in Oregon wine country, and much […]

Introducing Pastini’s Leader of the Year

Every year, we choose one of our outstanding team members as the Leader of the Year. When selecting someone for this award, we look for a candidate who truly understands and executes service, presence, hospitality, communication; a leader who meets goals, retains top performing employees, inspires others; and someone with a strong commitment to our […]

Welcome Spring with our Smoked Salmon Ravioli

We’re bringing in springtime a little early this year with wild Chinook salmon and bright flavors! Introducing our Smoked Salmon Ravioli with Parmesan-Lemon Sauce and Tomato-Caper Relish. This spring pasta special pairs dill-infused smoked salmon ravioli with a lemony cream sauce and tomato-caper relish with plenty of fresh herbs. This dish has us feeling like […]

C’mon, Get Happy with Pastini Happy Hour

Drumroll, please! Your weekday evenings just got a whole lot happier. That’s because we’re launching our all-new Happy Hour, and you need to be there! Included on the pasta-packed menu are Pastini favorites like Caesar Salad, creamy Fettuccini Alfredo, Roasted Artichoke Spread and Mac ‘n’ Cheese, all for $3 to $6. Enjoy these bites alongside […]

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Shells with Burrata Cheese

Looking for a flavorful recipe to take you from winter to spring? Or perhaps a new Meatless Monday option for your recipe rolodex? This sweet and savory dish is vegetarian and packs a hearty punch with ingredients like butternut squash and creamy burrata cheese. For those unfamiliar with burrata, this delectable cheese is similar to […]

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Scrumptious Smoked Salmon Ravioli

What better way to celebrate romance than with pasta and wine? This Valentine’s Day, Pastini has a very special dish that we know you’ll fall head over heels for. Introducing our Smoked Salmon Ravioli with Lemon-Parmesan Sauce and Tomato-Caper Relish — a decadent pasta stuffed with wild chinook salmon, dill, ricotta and parmesan cheese. The […]

Feel the Love with February’s Wine Duo

This season, we have two wines that we know you’re going to love that also have a connection to a very famous Shakespearean couple: Passimento “Romeo & Juliet” Bianco and Rosso from the Pasqua estate in the Veneto region of NE Italy. Pasqua’s vineyards are near the charming city of Verona, where the real-life Juliet’s […]

Introducing our Winter Special Pasta

**Please note: This special is going fast and availability may be limited. Please call your local Pastini to ensure they are available on a given day and time. This winter, we found ourselves craving a classic Italian pairing: ravioli and red wine! Our featured seasonal entrée is a rich, meaty Braised Short Rib Ravioli with […]

Join Pastini in Supporting Returning Vets

For the third year in a row, Pastini is proud to partner with an incredible local non-profit organization, Returning Veterans Project, for their annual Chow Down for Vets event. RVP supports post-9/11 war zone veterans in Oregon and SW Washington by offering free-of-charge health services, including mental health care. They believe in delivering on a […]

Fresh Ingredients from NW Farms and Waters

We love living in a region with such a rich bounty of local treasures. Better yet, at Pastini we get to partner with some of the dedicated producers who grow these fabulous local ingredients. Like our friends at Yamhill Co. Mushrooms, where this second-generation family farm has been growing local fungi since 1985. Their 160-acre […]

Food and Wine Pairings for Fall

Spaghetti & Meatballs is Pastini’s everyday best-seller, but it’s really comforting on a crisp autumn day. We like to pair it with Pastini Rosso, our excellent everyday red wine. Made for us in Italy with 100% Sangiovese by respected winemaker Antonio Sanguineti, its easy-drinking style features tasty cherry fruit, earthy notes and a soft finish. […]

NEW LOOK, SAME GREAT PASTA

  Those of you who have come to know us over the years can attest to our devotion towards delicious food and wine. We love how a steaming bowl of pasta warms your hands while lifting your spirits. We also admit to having a soft spot for the sound a wine cork makes when it […]

WELCOME AUTUMN WITH HARVEST WINES

Wine lovers rejoice! Harvest season is here. Right now, winemakers in the Pacific Northwest are busy with the harvest season. In the months of September and October, the fruits of their labor are picked, sorted and barreled, and the fermentation process begins. In other words, this is when the magic happens! To celebrate, we raise […]

SAY HELLO TO OUR NEW LOCATION

Hey Eugene, You asked, we listened! After years of requests on Facebook, Instagram and comment cards, we are thrilled to announce that we’ve found a new home in Eugene, Oregon. We are now open for lunch and dinner! As part of the new Oakway Center expansion, Pastini will join a batch of new stores and […]

COZY UP TO FALL WITH THESE PASTINI RECIPES

This time of year, hectic summer schedules slip away, making room for familiar habits and new routines. School is back in session, evenings bring chillier temps and quicker nightfall, and we’re finding ourselves craving something nutritious and comforting at our dinner table. To help you and yours ease into the autumn season, we’ve selected a […]

RECIPE: SPAGHETTI AGLIO E OLIO

Here is one of our most-requested recipes – we hope you enjoy it! Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a dish you’ll love to have in your arsenal of easy meals. Master this simple recipe and keep the ingredients on hand in your pantry: spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, chili flakes and parmesan. You’ll always have a […]

RECIPE: ROASTED ASPARAGUS SALAD

Serves 4 as an appetizer salad or 2 as an entrée salad Approximately 45 – 60 minutes With local asparagus season in full bloom, and our proximity to the fertile asparagus-growing region of south central Washington, our spring specials naturally feature the splendid spears, like this terrific salad. This year we’re sourcing our asparagus from […]

RECIPE: BRUSCHETTA

Bruschetta is an inspired dish—and a simple one. Start with good bread. Brush with a bit of olive oil. Grill it, and finally, top with something delicious. True bruschetta is made on the grill for a smoky flavor and crispy edges. Don’t be afraid of a little char. It’s flavorful and deliciously crunchy. Toppings can […]

RECIPE: RIGATONI ZUCCATI

The gurus of good nutrition say it’s essential to eat lots of bright, colorful veggies. Pastini’s beautiful Rigatoni Zuccati makes doing that both easy and delicious. It features green, leafy spinach, which is packed with iron, calcium, and dietary fiber, and butternut squash, a great source of potassium and magnesium. Both of these good-for-you veggies […]

RECIPE: CHICKEN-ORZO SOUP

Since winter is most definitely the season for soup (zuppa in Italian), we’ve delved into our archives for one of Chef Craig Bashel’s fav recipes. Chicken-Orzo soup is relatively easy and fast, low in fat and absolutely delicious! And it represents what we do here at Pastini…use fresh, honest ingredients to make dishes that are […]

RECIPE: MINESTRONE

In our home, soup is larger than life. My husband, Craig, loves it so much that he frequently prefers a bowl of soup over cereal for breakfast. He puts his passion to work in the kitchen, creating every soup recipe for Pastini from scratch. I love the idea of welcoming spring with a big bowl […]

GO! MAGAZINE AWARD

The vote is in, and we couldn’t be happier! When The Bulletin’s GO! Magazine asked its readers where to go for pasta, they ranked Pastini’s Bend restaurant as No. 1 in the area. We consider that an enormous honor, especially since it comes straight from the mouths of our guests. We hear a lot about how people […]

SUMMER SPECIALS 2017

There’s something special about summers in the Pacific Northwest, when the weather is just right for playing all day… and relaxing long into the evening, surrounded by good friends, great food and cool drinks. We think our summer specials bring the best parts of the season to your table. For a taste of farm-fresh goodness, […]

APRIL IS EARTH MONTH AT PASTINI

Clean. Refreshing. Reliable. Do you ever pause to appreciate the great water quality we have in the Pacific Northwest? It’s something we take advantage of every day in our kitchens at Pastini restaurants. This year, Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22. But we’re opting to celebrate it all month long. That’s why Pastini is […]

EARTH MONTH RECAP

In April, Pastini partnered with Portland Global Initiatives and Portland Roasting Coffee to celebrate Earth Month. With your help, we raised more than $1,300! Portland Global Initiatives will put that money towards helping to provide clean water for 149 farms in Colombia. We wanted to extend a huge thank you to our guests who dined in, donated and […]

CELEBRATE BITES FOR RIGHTS

  Want to enjoy your favorite Pastini pasta while supporting an amazing cause? Join Pastini and Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) all day on Thursday, June 22 for BRO’s biggest fundraiser of the year! During this event, restaurants (like us) support LGBTQ equality by dedicating a percentage of the day’s sales or making a donation. BRO […]

SPRING SPECIALS 2017

Longtime Pastini followers often inquire if their favorite dish or seasonal specials will be back on the menu. That’s when we’re tempted to call our local suppliers and ask how their crops are doing! Although we wish we could make these dishes a permanent part of our menu, they’re only here for a seasonal stopover. […]

PASTINI VOLUNTEERS AT OREGON FOOD BANK

October 6th was our annual volunteer day at the Oregon Food Bank! Ten awesome Pastini staffers joined me out in the garden to pick late season vegetables. Luckily we missed the rain that day! The Pastini crew harvested over 350 pounds of squash, kale, chard, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to go into CSA boxes for […]

CHOW DOWN FOR VETS ON NOVEMBER 11TH

This Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th, Pastini will be donating a percentage of every check to the Returning Veterans Project, a terrific organization that offers free mental health and other health services to post 9/11 war zone veterans, service members and their families. We’ll also be offering a free entrée to every current service member […]

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