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Nestled in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains, Ashland was recently named one of Fodor’s best small towns in America. Small it may be, but there are many gems just waiting to be discovered in Ashland, including delicious culinary experiences showcasing the amazing bounty of Oregon. From fine dining to local eats, here is a look at some of the best cuisines in the charming town of Ashland.
For 22 years patrons have been frequenting Wiley’s World Pasta Shoppe & Eatery for delicious homemade pasta and ravioli dishes. Only the best ingredients go into their food, including NW organic wheat for the pasta and organic vegetables, which are locally sourced. In a cosy and friendly atmosphere, pasta lovers can dine on dishes, such as basil walnut pesto on a choice of noodles; vegan pasta with organic vegetables, roasted olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic over eggless pasta; and smoked salmon ravioli topped with basil cream sauce. Daily specials are also available along with homemade organic Italian bread and numerous local wines and beers.
Agave is a small affordable eatery that specialises in creative spins on Mexican cuisine. Diners can choose amongst a variety of gourmet tacos and tamales. With everything made from scratch, including the tortillas, both meat lovers and vegans will be pleased with the selection of delicious food offered. A typical meal may start off with freshly made chips and salsa or guacamole followed by lobster tacos or a vegan tamale made with winter squash and portobello mushrooms. Salads and soups, including a vegetarian pozole, are also offered plus tantalising desserts, such as the pineapple and currant sweet tamale topped with Mexican crema.
Agave, 92 N. Main St., Ashland, OR, USA, +1 541 488 1770
Martolli‘s is a lively pizza joint with two locations in Ashland. Opened by two friends, this restaurant offers a selection of traditional and creative hand-tossed pizzas plus sandwiches and salads. All sauces, salad dressings, and dough are made from scratch, and cheese is grated daily, plus locally sourced organic ingredients are used when available thus resulting in some of the freshest tasting pizza around. One option is the vegetarian Othello with tomato sauce, spinach, mozzarella, wild mushrooms, roasted bell peppers, roasted garlic, and chevre cheese. With many other vegetarian and meat-lover options plus an available gluten-free crust, these are pizzas anyone can savour.
Martolli’s, 38 E. Main St., Ashland, OR, USA, +1 541 482 1918
Martolli’s, 1469 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR, USA, +1 541 482 1913