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Pastini Pastaria

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File:Pastini Pastaria logo.jpg
Studio Building from the south - Portland, Oregon (2019) (cropped).jpg
Exterior of the restaurant in downtown Portland's Studio Building in 2019
Restaurant information
Established2001 (2001)
Current owner(s)
  • Craig Bashel
  • Susan Bashel
  • Kara Hale
Food typeItalian
  • Bend
  • Corvallis
  • Eugene
  • Portland
CountryUnited States

Pastini (formerly Pastini Pastaria) is a chain of Italian restaurants in the U.S. state of Oregon. There are eight restaurants, as of 2017.[1] In 2018, the company was among the largest in Oregon owned by women, with approximately 300 employees, according to Portland Business Journal.[2]


The restaurant's 23.5-foot (7.2 m) sign on the Studio Building in downtown Portland

Pastini serves Italian cuisine. The Bend restaurant had 30 pasta options, as of 2014.[3] In 2020, Willamette Week's Matthew Singer called the chain "Oregon's answer to Olive Garden".[4]

History and locations[edit]

There were three restaurants in Portland, plus one in Bend and another in Corvallis, as of 2016.[5] Craig and Susan Bashel and Kara Hale were owners at the time.[6]

In September 2020, Pastini supplied food to the Lyons Fire Department during the Santiam Fire and donated proceeds from each meal served at restaurants to the Red Cross Cascades Fire fund.[7]


The Bashels and Hale opened the first restaurant near the Lloyd Center in 2001. Five more restaurants were opened in Portland within six years.[1] One of the Portland restaurants is housed on the ground level of the Studio Building, near Director Park in downtown.[8][9] The restaurant installed a 23.5-foot (7.2 m) sign on the Studio Building's exterior.[10] During a remodel, the restaurant learned some of the Guild Theatre's restrooms were "technically in its space".[11][12]

Previously, there was a restaurant in northwest Portland's Nob Hill district,[6] which was replaced by Grassa.[13]

In December 2020, Bashel represented Pastini in the Rose City Downtown Collective, a coalition of business seeking to revitalize the city center following the COVID-19 pandemic.[14]

Bend and Corvallis[edit]

Pastini expanded into Bend and Corvallis in 2008.[1] The Bend restaurant opened in the Old Mill District.[15][16] During the pandemic, the restaurant offered takeout services, as of May.[17]


Owners confirmed plans for a restaurant in Eugene in 2016.[6] The restaurant opened in July 2017.[1]


Pastini has been included in guides published by Fodor's in 2008,[18] and 2010,[19] and 2011.[20] In her 2011 book Fun with the Family Oregon: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips with the Kids, Sarah Pagliasotti said Pastini offered "inexpensive and elegant pasta that's a perennial family favorite".[21] Pastini won first place in the Best Italian category of the Daily Emerald's "Best of Campus" 2020 edition, which said, "This bistro chain is the perfect place to get a classic taste of the Italian food you’re craving with a fun modern twist, both in the ambiance and the flavors. Pastini has a wide range of contemporary plates and appetizers to satisfy whatever genre of noodle you’re hoping for."[22]

See also[edit]

  • List of companies based in Oregon
  • List of Italian restaurants


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Russo, Ed. "Pastini finds right spot for new home". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  2. https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/08/30/inside-the-decline-of-small-business-lending-in.html
  3. Where to Eat Guide Central Oregon - Spring Issue 2014: Dining Guide, Bend, Central, Oregon, Restaurant Guide. Where to Eat Guide & Associates. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. https://www.wweek.com/culture/2020/03/11/heres-a-bunch-of-free-stuff-you-can-get-on-your-birthday-in-portland/
  5. Bamman, Mattie John (2016-10-05). "Here Are the 74 Restaurants That Closed in Portland in 2016". Eater Portland. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Bamman, Mattie John (2016-01-14). "Pastini Pastaria to Boil Its Last Noodle on NW 23rd". Eater Portland. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  7. Jackson-Glidden, Brooke (2020-09-23). "Pok Pok's Wings Return as a Delivery-Only Fundraiser Through the Ghost Kitchen Company Reef". Eater Portland. Retrieved 2021-01-10.
  8. https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2019/11/19/emails-show-portland-businesses-wanted-homeless-meal-service-gone-from-a-downtown-park/
  9. https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/01/20/exclusive-downtowns-long-dormant-guild-theatre.html
  10. https://djcoregon.com/news/2010/04/07/studio-building/
  11. Skinner, Marjorie. "Scour the Earth". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 2021-01-10.
  12. Ned, Lannamann. "Japanese Bookstore Chain Kinokuniya Announces Downtown Store in Former Guild Theatre". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 2021-01-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Russell, Michael (2019-02-26). "Grassa will bring its handmade pasta to Portland's East Side". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2021-01-08. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. "Downtown Portland's plea for support to 'rebuild the spirit' of the city". KATU. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-01-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. GONZALEZ, BARB. "Takeout reviews: Central Oregon Italian food". The Bulletin. Retrieved 2021-01-08. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. Anderson, John Gottberg. "Eating Italian in the Old Mill". The Bulletin. Retrieved 2021-01-08. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. "Several Old Mill District restaurants are reopening". KTVZ. 2020-05-15. Retrieved 2021-01-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. Portland. Fodor's Travel Publications. 2008-07-01. ISBN 978-1-4000-0748-6. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  19. Portland. Fodor's Travel Publications. 2010. ISBN 978-1-4000-0454-6. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  20. Moker, Molly (2011). Fodor's Oregon. Fodor's Travel Publications. ISBN 978-1-4000-0511-6. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  21. Pagliasotti, Sarah (2011-07-05). Fun with the Family Oregon: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips with the Kids. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-0-7627-6924-7. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  22. "Best of Campus: 2020 Best of Campus Winners!". Daily Emerald. Retrieved January 10, 2021.

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