Located in the heart of the Pearl District is Portland’s only Sicilian restaurant, Bellino Trattoria Siciliana (Bellino). Featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine and an extensive list of imported Italian wines, we offer classic dishes that are deeply rooted in Sicilian culture. Using local and sustainable ingredients from the Pacific Northwest, we offer traditional Sicilian meat, fish and vegetarian dishes and freshly-prepared pasta dishes, with gluten-free options available. We also feature Assaggini, or Sicilian tapas, like Arancini, Crochette and Suppli, which are popular street food in Sicily.
Born in Palermo, Sicily’s capital city, Executive Chef Francesco Inguaggiato, grew up learning the traditional preparation of Sicilian food while working with his mother in his grandfather’s trattoria in Palermo. In addition to authentic Italian cuisine, Inguaggiato’s other passion was basketball and he played professional basketball for the Italian League in Italy for 18 years and coached professionally for three years. After moving to the U.S. in 2004 and opening two successful Sicilian restaurants in Texas where his wife’s parents lived, Inguaggiato brings the authentic food and culture of his homeland to Portland. With Bellino, which is Inguaggiato’s mother’s maiden name, Bellino Trattoria Siciliana is rooted in family, heritage, and history.