8 year old Pizza Fino is re-born as Fino!
Pizza Fino - Italian Restaurant & Bar in North Portland’s historic Kenton neighborhood is changing its name to Fino – Bistro, Bar & Pizzeria! You’ll find the same ownership & staff and the same great pizza, but the stellar “non-pizza” side of the menu will now have an equal place in the spotlight.
Owner Linda Zumoff opened the popular restaurant 8 years ago, on the heels of her successful NE Alberta pizzeria, Bella Faccia. “I set out to recreate the typical Italian-American restaurant I used to eat in as a child in Brooklyn, NY”, Linda recalls. “I wanted spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccini Alfredo, real NY cheesecake and of course pizza, to figure prominently on the menu. ” But as the neighborhood evolved over the years, with an influx of young homebuyers and a new downtown streetscape, so did Pizza Fino’s menu. Customers started to embrace the seasonal, NW twist on the appetizers & entrees that dotted the menu and word slowly spread that the restaurant was much more than just a great neighborhood pizza place.
When Chef Eric Ongtooguk took the reigns in 2013, he widened the scope of Pizza Fino’s menu even further. Influenced by his eclectic upbringing, the new dishes represented a broader Mediterranean influence with a renewed emphasis on sourcing the best local ingredients available. Interest in the new dishes began to eclipse the previously dominant pizza side of the restaurant. Pizza Fino had transformed over the years and it was finally time for the name to better reflect that shift.