Sunday, November 20, 2011

Spaghetti al Ragu

(I've read reports that Spaghetti al Ragu may have closed in the past few weeks...please correct me if that is false)

Spaghetti al Ragu is an Italian food cart located near the corner of SW 5th and Oak in downtown Portland, Oregon. Contrary to what the name implies, it's more than a spaghetti cart. Spaghetti al Ragu also specializes in pizzas and sandwiches.

Spaghetti al Ragu hyping their Black Butte Porter pizza
(late October 2011)

Menu (late October 2011)

Cutting up a 10" personal pizza for a lucky customer!
Seeking something small, I went with their sausage slider sandwich ($3): half an Italian sausage (chopped into chunks) on fresh bread with peppers, mushrooms, onions, and red sauce, then topped with grated Parmesan cheese. It came with a side of Lay's potato chips.

Sausage Slider (Spaghetti al Ragu)

The bold flavors of the red marainara sauce really stood out here. It just blended the sausage, vegetables, Parmesan, and bread together into one cohesive unit. I loved the grill marks on the bread from the panini press, and it was still soft enough for me to enjoy this sandwich without engaging in a life-or-death struggle. Overall, I thought this slider was a successful appetizer.

I saw one of the cart operators cutting up a 10" personal pizza for someone else. Those pizzas looked pretty good -- and really got me in the mood to try a pizza cart immediately after this one. Spaghetti al Ragu's offers a 10" personal pizza or a calzone -- $5 each.

Spaghetti al Ragu's pastas include:

Spaghetti ($6): Choice of meat or vegetarian; includes two slices of bread
Linguine ($6): Comes with sausage or chicken, peppers, mushrooms, onion, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan; includes two slices of bread
Fettuccine ($6.50): Comes with sausage or chicken, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, alfredo sauce, and Parmesan; includes two slices of bread

Finally, Spaghetti al Ragu offers panini-style sandwiches or deli-style sandwiches. All are around $5, very reasonable!

Spaghetti al Ragu is definitely a cart to try for some good Italian-inspired fare! 7.5/10

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