Nicoletta’s Table is an authentic Italian Restaurant, Deli and Marketplace, located in downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon. We offer homemade pastas, pizzas and salads as well as an Italian marketplace where one can purchase fresh cut to order pasta, a variety of antipasti and Italian meats and cheeses. Nicoletta's Table is based on the Italian concept of a trattoria and small neighborhood market. The restaurant combines Italy's rustic charm and the Pacific Northwest's vibrancy while serving authentic Italian food. The Torriti family, Giuseppe and Nicoletta of Cortona, Italy are the inspiration for Nicoletta's Table and Marketplace. The Torriti's are dear family friends whose love of excellent, quality Tuscan food and wine is unparalleled.
Who we are
Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace is owned by Lake Oswego locals, Alan and Shari Newman. Shari and Alan met in 2003 and their love affair with Italy and the Italian life style began while they stayed in Mulino a Vento in 2004 and met Beppe and Nicoletta. In 2005, Al and Shari honeymooned in the Piedmonte region, and have spent several months in Cortona, Tuscany, each year since. It was in the hills of Tuscany that they fell in love with the Italian flair for combining wonderful food and wine with family and friends. Together, their love of life, family, dear friends, entertaining, and Italian food and wine led them to create Nicoletta’s Table.
Executive Chef Victor Lopez started his career like many famous people in the restaurant industry; in the dish pit. At the tender age of 16, Mr. Lopez started working as a dishwasher at a very popular and highly regarded Italian restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles called Angeli Caffe. The owner and well known, celebrity chef Evan Kleiman took Victor under her wing and taught him everything from desserts to complex Italian main dishes. He worked his way up to head chef and served in that capacity until 1999. He then went on to serve as head chef at Prego Restaurant in Beverly Hills before moving his family to Oregon in 2011.
“I was inspired to become a chef by my grandmother. One of my fondest childhood memories is cutting vegetables with her to make her vegetable soup, still my favorite dish.”
Victor moved his family to Oregon to be with family and had executive chef positions at several restaurants before finding a home at Nicoletta’s Table in 2013. “Nicoletta’s Table reminds me of Angeli Caffe. Both restaurants are/were committed to using fresh local ingredients and creating traditional Italian dishes. I have found my home here.”
Executive General Manager
Mr. Ghassemi started his career in hospitality as a teenager, working in a Persian restaurant owned by a family friend. Starting as a busser, he worked his way up to line cook, and then to the front of the house as a server.
“Some of my fondest memories as a child were helping my mom and grandmother cook for Norooz, the official New Year’s Holiday in Iran. Working in restaurants and hotels, creating menus and feeding people, feels like a natural extension of this family tradition.”
This passion for food, family and communal dining has followed Ameer throughout his career. Ameer left Seattle for an adventure in Alaska, and worked at the historic Baranof Hotel in Juneau as the restaurant and bar manager. He then moved onto a warmer climate to work at an award winning, farm-to-table restaurant, 12th Ave Grill, in Honolulu. Under his direction, 12th Ave Grill earned the 2015 Best Restaurant of the Year award from Honolulu Magazine. Ameer fell in love with wine while working in Honolulu and received his sommelier certification in 2016.
Ameer moved to Portland in the Summer of 2017 to be closer to family with his wife and pups. "I'm grateful to be a part of the Nicoletta's family. The food is delicious, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. It's a hidden gem that's tucked away in beautiful Lake Oswego."