Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria, consistently celebrated as 'Eugene's Best Italian Restaurant' by The Register Guard, stands as a charming emblem of the Eugene community. This delightful trattoria, conveniently nestled near the University of Oregon, offers more than just a dining experience; it's a journey into the heart of Tuscany.
The warm, welcoming ambiance of the restaurant is no accident – it's housed in a building that was once a residential home, thoughtfully converted into this cozy Italian haven.
The transformation from house to restaurant adds a unique, homey touch that you can feel in every corner, making it more than just a place to eat, but a place to gather and revel in good company.
Since its inception in 1998, the trattoria has been the passion project of John "Gianni" Barofsky and Beppe Macchi from Sicily. They're also the minds behind La Perla Pizzeria. The pizza joint has been closed for some time now, but the culinary spirit and Italian expertise of these restaurateurs continue to live on through Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria.
The menu at Beppe & Gianni's is a testament to Italian culinary tradition. The handmade pastas, ranging from ravioli to lasagna, are a must-try if I do say so myself. To be honest, this place has served me easily some of the best pasta I've had in my entire life.
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The roasted garlic with warm bread and cambozola cheese is an irresistible starter, perfectly setting the stage for the sumptuous meal to follow. The pasta dishes here are not just meals; they're culinary journeys to Italy.
An irresistible starter is the roasted garlic with warm bread and cambozola cheese, setting the stage for a delightful meal. The Gamberetto con Limoncello, featuring pan-seared tiger prawns with Italian liqueur, and the Vongole alla Trattoria, a mix of fresh clams and mussels steamed in a savory broth, are a testament to their mastery of seafood.
Salad lovers will appreciate the Insalata di Spinaci, a blend of baby spinach, red onions, and pine nuts, and the classic Caprese, with ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. In the Primi section, the Tagliatelle Hazelnut Pesto and the Cappelli di Vescovo, a unique stuffed pasta, showcase the restaurant's commitment to homemade and heartwarming Italian dishes.
Their wine selection is just as impressive as their food. While you won't find cocktails on the menu, the variety of wine and beer is expertly selected to complement the Italian flavors. And don't forget to check out the dessert menu after your meal – it's the perfect way to round off the dining experience.
It's a place that's both easy to access and inviting, making it a perfect spot for both small gatherings and larger groups. Despite its popularity, it’s usually easy to secure a table, though making a reservation is always a good idea.
Located at East 19th Avenue and Agate Street, Beppe & Gianni's is more than just a restaurant; it's a part of Eugene's culinary fabric. Open Friday to Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., it's a beloved spot for those who appreciate genuine Italian cooking.
For anyone craving an authentic Italian experience in Eugene, a visit to Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria is a must. Be sure to book a table to immerse yourself in this unique blend of Oregon hospitality and Italian culinary tradition. Head over to their official website here to check out their menu and read more about their fine establishment.