We chose Nel Cento for an al fresco experience on an August night in Downtown Portland. We were concerned it might get too cool as the evening wore on but gas fire pits came on just in time and it stayed comfortable.
The service was prompt and attentive. The food was even better. We shared two salads: the heirloom caprese and a butter lettuce salad with fried grapes. Awesome.
We each had a different pasta plate. Especially good was the tagliatelle with veal ragu. The best I've ever had.
Good house red for $28 per 750ml.
The only knock was at the patio opens to a busy transit street. Pretty urban. But in all, a great evening.