India & Middle Streets the heart of the old Italian neighborhood meets the Old Port. It's home to Amato's sandwich shop and Micccci's grocery store. One not much different from when I came to Portland in the mid 70's and one, Micucci's which has evolved into something more... a little hipper.
|The sandwiches are the same, fresh and a good deal. The patio was added a few years back.|
Micucci's, I lived in the West End, but came here to buy food a lot. Cheese, cold cuts, olives, bread, chocolate & wine. Things a just dropped out of college age kid would be looking for. You can make a nice little picnic with those. Add a pretty girl and a nice secluded ocean view, (way before gentrification ) a sunny afternoon passes easily. Now days Steve Lanzalotta, author of "The Diet Code", has a little bakery in the back as well, where you can get pizza made from his "Luna bread dough". Light as a feather, puffy and a really nice homemade tomato sauce. Breads come out all day and cannoli and other traditional Italian pastry as well.
|My wife's favorite Luna bread.|
|Cannoli come in several flavors.|
Middle Street starts at India and runs across the Franklin Arterial to the Old Port. But this one block section has added a few restaurants over the years and you can have lunch at Duck Fat, the little brother to Highly regarded Chef Rob Evans, Hugo's. I go here for the hand cut Belgian fries and a Stella. Get the Beignet's for dessert.
Right next door is the new guy on the block, The East Ender. Opened by Mitch Gerow & Megan Schroeter, in early January, it's two floors offers plenty of flexibility for both bar and table spacing. M&M both worked at Evangeline before Eric closed the doors, so they both know what a high quality bistro/restaurant should look and feel like. Indeed as I was taking pictures of a couple at an outside table, their salad and Trout fritters arrived, and the man immediately began waxing rhapsodic about the fritters. When a friend of mine and my wife came thru town a week later we had lunch at East Ender and confirmed his opinion. In fact all our three dishes, the fritters, the lobster nachos and a salad with buttermilk dressing were 1st rate!
Amato's / 71 India Street
Micucci's Italian Grocery / 45 India Street
Duckfat / 43 Middle Street
East Ender / 47 Middle Street
Keep your eyes out for:
Coffee By Design
Two Fat Cats Bakery