I had the opportunity to eat at The Pastini Pastaria Restaurant at the NE Broadway location in Portland, Oregon. There is over 30 main pasta dishes that they will substitute the pasta for a penne pasta, which is their gluten-free pasta.
The restaurant is easy to get to, there is bus access and bike lanes. If you are going to drive there make sure you give yourself a little extra time because there is only street parking. Also the restaurant is close to The Rose Garden and The Coliseum. You can eat dinner there and then head on over to The Rose Garden to watch The Trail Blazer's play a basketball game or go to a concert.
My family and I had a great time there. We were warmly greeted. They took us to a table to sit down at. There was music playing in the background. The restaurant is very pleasant to the eyes and is kept very clean.
Yvette, The Director of Kitchen Operations gave me a tour of the kitchen. Yvette is terrific, she showed me where the gluten-free pasta is stored. It is stored in the refrigerator all wrapped up and kept separate from all the other food. Then she showed me the cooking area. The kitchen is kept very clean. She explained to me that the gluten-free pasta is cooked in a separate pan from the regular pasta and they use a tong that has a black rubber end. The tongs used for the regular pasta has no rubber end, so they can tell the difference. And the tongs are kept in a different area from each other.
The meat for the main dishes are kept wrapped up till they are ready to heat them up in a different pan from all other meats. They do a very good job of guarding against cross contamination. They educate there staff very well about celiac disease and gluten intolerance. When you order and tell them that you are gluten intolerant they touch the wheat free and gluten-free buttons on their computer to ring it up. When you get the receipt is says wheat free and gluten free right on the receipt.