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Nostrana or DOC?

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Trying to decide between these two spots. We want great food, nice warm atmosphere for a couple, good service, not too stuffy.

Oh, and...we don't eat pasta. I know, I know. But we love Italian! I'm leaning towards Nostrana because they have more meat/fish options, the DOC menu is small. But we have friends in PDX who gave raves to DOC (granted, this was probably before the chef left to start his new venture, as I found out on this board).

Any opinions?

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Nostrana
1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

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  1. I much prefer Nostrana. I have been to DOC twice, one time was a big disappointment, one time was great. More expensive than Nostrana. Knock on Nostrana has been service but I've never had a problem, probably been there six or eight times. Also, DOC is romantic but not nearly as casual as Nostrana.

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    Nostrana
    1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

    1. I would probably choose Nostrana in your case because they have more options on the menu--I've only eaten once at DOC, but I would think that if you don't eat pasta you'd have more options at Nostrana. I've never experienced bad service there, either.

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      Nostrana
      1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

      1. Easy - Nostrana.

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        Nostrana
        1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

        1. Nostrana!

          And order the butterscotch budino for dessert!

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          Nostrana
          1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

          1. The original chef of DOC(greg Perrault) leaving is a good thing for DOC. I ate there 3 times when it opened, and every single time, and every single dish had the "one of these things doesn't belong" syndrome going on. It's like he has NO idea how or why certain pairings work. I called it Culinary spit balling. let's just pile a bunch of stuff on a plate and see what happens?

            anyways, he went to June and from my one meal there, he hasn't learned a damn thing. Under ripe pear on your lamb that is sititng on overly spicy farro, anyone? guy is just clueless. Seriously, maybe the worst "Chef" I have seen get good reviews.

            FWIW, DOC is a lot better now! I would still send you to Nostrana though. No going wrong with much of anything on that menu.

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            Nostrana
            1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

            1. So helpful! Thanks chowhounders. Butterscotch budino -- I'm sold. I made a homemade butterscotch pudding for Xmas dinner and I'm still thinking about it. Such a distinctive flavor.

              We'll be in PDX in a few weeks and Nostrano it is. Our other dinner is Le Piegon.

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              1. re: caraely

                Go back to Nostrana for Happy Hour, too. One of the best HHs in town.

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                Nostrana
                1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

              2. I agree with the general conclusion here -- Nostrana is probably the better choice. Though our recent meal at DOC was really memorable. I also recommend the pizza counter at Nostrana -- great view of the pizza oven and a chance to talk with the pizza chef (if he's not too busy).

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                Nostrana
                1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214