PEARL DISTRICT — Bellino Trattoria Siciliana is scheduled to open in the old Fratelli space April 14. Sicilian chef and restaurateur Francesco Inguaggiato is creating a menu centered on the kinds of traditional Italian dishes he grew up with in his grandfather's trattoria in Palermo. There will be caponata, of course, as well as lesser-known specialties like cacio all'Argentiera, which is Caciocavallo cheese grilled in a balsamic vinegar reduction topped with fresh oregano and served on bruschetta. Dishes will be available a la carte, or as part of a rotating four-course tasting menu. To drink, expect a laser focus on Italian wines, plus local beers and a full bar.
OLYMPIA PROVISONS — Chef Colin Stafford has departed from the Northwest outpost to open two restaurants in Oregon wine country. In his place, Alex Yoder, longtime chef at the original Southeast location, will step up to take the lead at both places. Yoder plans to keep the menus at both OP restaurants distinct from each other, but you can count on him to put his Mediterranean-inspired spin on each one.
IN-N-OUT — Oregon's first In-N-Out location is in the works in Medford, and an executive at the California-based chain says it's likely the first of many. Although he hasn't revealed where any future Northwest outposts will be located, it's probable they won't even reach as far north as Portland (at least for the near future). The Medford location will be supplied by the Lathrop, Calif., distribution center 350 miles away, and the company has said in the past that it doesn't open locations more than 500 miles from its distribution centers.