Date: 12/2/2021, 7:12 AM
On 12/1/2021 6:28 PM, Theresa wrote:
I am writing a book called "The Lost Restaurants of Portland" and
noticed you had some recipes from some closed restaurants. Do you
have the recipe for the Minestrone Soup that was made at The Monte
Carlo Restaurant that used to be on SE Belmont? Do you still update
your website or write reviews online?
Yes, I still update my site regularly.
Sorry to say, I do not have that recipe. We have a large number of cookbooks with recipes from restaurants
all over the U.S. and going back several decades, and I have listed the recipes in them (just the names of
the dishes, not the actual recipes) in a huge Excel spreadsheet, so I checked that as well. Nothing from
"Monte Carlo" in Portland. Finally, I did a search of the Internet, also with no success.
What I did find is that the children of the owners of the Monte Carlo also were/are restaurateurs, and they
have all of the Monte Carlo's recipes. One of them had/has a restaurant called "Ernesto's Italian Restaurant"
in Beaverton, OR and serves the same minestrone. Another one has "Nonna Amelia’s Ristorante" (sometimes
spelled "Emilia's") in Aloha, OR, also serving minestrone from the same recipe. Maybe one of these can help?
There is a page here with a lot of discussion about The Monte Carlo Restaurant that you might find interesting: