Ariana’s, and a Blast from the Past

Bone marrow is associated in my mind with childhood and doing dishes.

Competition for leftovers among my five siblings was fierce, right down to the meat juices. Kitchen duty, however, meant that the roasting pan was all mine. When no one was looking. I sucked on bones and soaked up pan juices with bread.

I assumed that, as with many of my secret pleasures, it was an uncouth, maybe even disgusting, indulgence.

But wait! Boldly featured this winter on the decidedly high-class menu of Ariana Restaurant in Bend:

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Marrow with crispy toast

As good as I remember it. After a day of skiing, hot, rich, drippy marrow spread on toast was — heaven.

For me, anyway. My husband could barely watch me eat it. Marrow isn’t for everyone.

No matter. Everything we tried was delicious — salmon, chorizo shrimp with creamy polenta, salads.

Best of all? Dessert.

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Mozza’s Boudino. Italian butterscotch pudding, vanilla caramel topping, crème fraîche.  

Out of this world.

Excellent service, a cool, old Craftsman-style house, full service bar. 

Ariana Restaurant and Bar, 541-330-5539.

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Marché always gets it right.

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Even oatmeal.

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296 East Fifth Avenue Eugene, Oregon 97401 • Telephone: (541) 342-3612

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O Mio My-o, Placido’s Pasta Shop

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When Beckie took her first bite of pasta primavera, her eyes closed. She made a sound that might have been a moan. We thought something was wrong.

“I think,” she said, “This is the best pasta I’ve had in my life.”

Lest you think Beckie is easy to please when it comes to restaurants: she isn’t. Placido’s Pasta Shop is special.

Tucked into the ground floor of the Hummingbird Building, you can almost miss it, but don’t. Everything is fresh and organic, bread and pasta made on site, sauces cooked to order. We’ve tried panini, pesto pasta, and that pasta primavera. Everything consistently great.

150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd. Eugene, OR,  (458) 205-8092, Hours: 11:00 to 2:00, 5:00 to 9:00, closed Mondays.

Have you been to Placido’s? What did you think?