Bon Voyage, Bon Appetit: Kobe Bryant’s Culinary Farewell Tour (Portland)

01.23.16 11 months ago


Tonight, Kobe Bryant will play his final game in Portland. The Trail Blazers will likely send him off with some sort of commemorative video and, I don’t know, maybe some Oregon wine. We here at DIME believe he deserves something more. From now on, every time Kobe plays in a city for the last time, we’ll have suggestions for where he can get the food that best allows him to appreciate the city for the last time as a player. After all, to truly a savor a city, one must eat it. Introducing: Bon Voyage, Bon Appetit: Kobe Bryant’s Culinary Farewell Tour. First stop: Portland, Oregon.

Ava Gene’s

Kobe spent part of his childhood in Italy thanks to his father’s professional basketball career. His time spent there imbued him with a love of all things Italian – I mean, come on, he gave himself the nickname “Vino.” To satisfy his cravings for Italian cuisine, we’re sending him to Ava Gene’s. The restaurant sources from some of the highest-quality producers around the state, and features a Roman-inspired menu sure to placate even Italian natives.

We suggest Kobe get a platter of salumi and formagi to start, then move to a plate of the “Tagliatelle, lamb ragu in bianco,” if he’s craving pasta, or the “pork, burdock, almonds, dates, marmellata squash, citrus” if he’s not. With a nice glass of grappa to end the evening, it’ll be a meal Kobe won’t soon forget.

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