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Local, is the most powerful selling word in the market and it is never taken in vain. In Italian, it is nostrani or nostrane (depending on whether you are using the masculine or feminine form), whose literal meaning is ours. To shoppers, ours means it’s better because it has travelled a short distance to the market, hence it’s fresher. An underlying, more emotional secondary message is that it will be more satisfying because the taste is the comforting one of home.

—Marcella Hazan, Marcella CucinaMacMillan 1997

Cathy Whims

Cathy Whims, a six-time James Beard Award finalist, opened Nostrana with her husband David West in 2005. Prior to establishing Nostrana, she was co-owner of Portland’s pioneering Italian restaurant, Genoa. A never-ending curiosity takes Cathy to Italy often, where she continues to make new friendships and enjoy the complex flavors evoked by simple cooking.

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