Located in the Pearl neighborhood, Montesacro introduces Pinsa to Portland and pays homage to Roman culinary traditions

Montesacro is the name of a neighborhood of Rome, a hardscrabble working class quarter, like many others affected by the aftermath of the Second World War. Our goal is to pay homage to those days and to the people who lived throughout that tumultuous time.

We take inspiration from the classic "fraschette" of the Lazio region and offer "pinsa", a modern take on the ancient flatbread once prepared by peasants living outside the imperial walls of the Roman Empire.


Fraschette have an ancient origin, dating back to Imperial Rome when peasants of the Roman countryside traveling to the capital to sell their products would stop at a roadside fraschetta for refreshments along the way.  

Fraschette had no kitchen, so these taverns originally only served the famous wine of the region, usually poured straight from the barrel, while patrons sat down on benches along long wooden tables, often bringing food of their own.

Over time the fraschetta concept evolved to include some typical foods of the Lazio region - offering cured meats, local cheeses and small stuzzichini like olives, pickles and sott’oli {olive oil cured vegetables}. Among all the local specialties, a particularly widespread was represented by roasted pork also known as porchetta.

The origins of the name "frasca" can be traced back to the ancient village of Frascati, just outside of Rome.


(503) 208-2992


1230 NW Hoyt Street

Pearl District



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TUE-SUN 4pm-6pm


TUE-THU 4pm–9pm

FRI-SAT  4pm–10pm

SUN  4pm–9pm


 ✦ PINSA ✦

MONTESACRO introduces pinsa, a modern take on an ancient flatbread once prepared by peasants living outside Rome’s imperial walls


Today you can enjoy a taste of this ancient tradition among other dishes inspired by Roman cuisine at MONTESACRO, the first stateside pinseria offering a modern take on pinsa made with a blend of rice, soy and wheat flour imported directly from Rome, all GMO-free. 

Our pinsa dough is low-fat, low-calorie and easy to digest.