Cathy Whims

Chef, Owner
Cathy Whims

Portland

About Cathy Whims

Cathy Whims is the owner of Southeast Portland restaurant Nostrana. It quickly earned The Oregonian’s Best Restaurant of the Year Award. The classic Italian restaurant serves approachable regional food made with Northwest produce and cooked in a wood oven—like Neapolitan-style pizzas—or over a wood-fired grill. She also owns Oven and Shaker, a casual pizza place and the recently opened, Enoteca Nostrana, a 40 seat wine bar focusing on European wines. Chef Whims is a 2011 James Beard Award finalist for “Best Chef Northwest.” She was also a finalist in 2009 and 2010.

My Venues

Accolades

  • Nominee for Best Chef: Northwest
    James Beard Foundation
  • Restaurant of the Year (Nostrana)
    The Oregonian
  • Founding member
    Slow Food Portland
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in Portland

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Grancio pizza
$$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Italian, Southeast Portland
"This seasonal, wood-fired beauty is not a traditional pie in the sense of red sauce, cheese, etc. Instead, it's got fresh Dungeness crab and crème fraîche with fines herbs and paprika butter. We like to add an egg to it and eat it alongside chef Cathy's radicchio salad for the perfect lunch. Editor's note: This dish is only available during Dungeness crab season."
Insalata Nostrana
$$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Italian, Southeast Portland
"I grew up eating about three Caesar salads a week, so it holds a very special place in my heart. This version is by far the best I've had—it's got so much lemon, garlic, anchovy, and parm all over big pieces of ultra-crunchy radicchio and croutons. I could eat it until my jaw fell off."
Insalata Nostrana
$$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Italian, Southeast Portland
"I cannot go to Nostrana without ordering this signature salad: radicchio with sage croutons and velvety garlic dressing. When I finish it, I always want another."
Smoky rotisserie chicken
$$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Italian, Southeast Portland
"This is the best chicken I’ve had in my life, hands down. It's always on the menu, but its accompaniments change depending on the season. The night I had it, it was served with roasted sweet winter carrots, and a pistachio pesto. Totally to die for!"