Pomodori Bistro and Wine Bar

Pomodori's ravioli san remo is served with sun-dried tomatoes, prosciutto and basil in a creamy Parmesan sauce.

Pomodori Bistro and Wine Bar has spent the past few months easing into its new, more central location at 410 E. Main St., Medford.

In March, the restaurant began offering lunch service at the new spot, and last Tuesday moved its dinner service there as well, closing the doors to its former Stewart Avenue address.

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Pomodori Bistro and Wine Bar

410 E. Main St.

Medford

541-779-4162

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. See www.pomodoriristorante.com.

Co-owners Jeff Lindow and John Bartow owned and operated the Cadillac Cafe on Eighth Street from 1994 to 2005, and Lindow says they are glad to be part of the downtown food scene again.

The restaurant satisfies local cravings for Northern Italian cuisine "with a Northwest flair."

"You don't come to us if you want spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna," Lindow says.

Pomodori's regulars will be pleased to know the menu — although condensed from four pages to one, double-sided page — remains relatively unchanged.

Lindow says he removed five less-popular entrees to make room for four popular specials — a flat-iron steak finished with onions and Gorgonzola, a pan-seared calamari steak in a lemon-basil aioli, crusted Parmesan pork cutlets and pan-seared pork chops in a mushroom-Dijon-sherry cream sauce.

The lunch menu is especially appealing to me in that it offers smaller portions of 17 of the restaurant's most popular pasta dishes for $5 to $7 less than the dinner price. There are also salads, wraps and two panini specials — Reuben and "The Rogue Valley," featuring pears, Gorgonzola cheese, cranberries, prosciutto and greens with a white truffle aioli.

Prices even at lunch are a little too steep to make me a weekday regular, but they're within reason for a special lunch with my mother-in-law.

I lingered over the penne cardinale and the lemon chicken, but when our friendly waitress sang the praises of the ravioli san remo ($10), her favorite dish, there was no going back.

Four plump circles stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach peeked above a generous serving of the creamy Parmesan sauce, which was studded with leathery bits of sun-dried tomato and thin pieces of prosciutto. Flakes of dried basil and small shards of Parmesan garnished the dish.

All pasta dishes come with either soup, in this case minestrone or wild mushroom, or a salad. I ordered the minestrone.

My mother-in-law decided on the shrimp and scallops ($13) with a side salad.

Lindow says the side salad at lunch is smaller than the one served at dinner, but I thought it was more than adequate. It featured a large handful of healthy-looking greens topped with tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, garbanzo beans and a choice of six house-made dressings, from which my mother-in-law chose the mango citrus.

Only a few bites in, my mother-in-law declared her fettuccine among the best she had ever tasted. She also marveled at the number and size of the shrimp and scallops.

We both lamented the absence of bread to mop up the last of the delicious cream sauce, but I learned later that it is free and available upon request.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Call 541-779-4162.

— Teresa Thomas


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