SO, her 90 year-oid mother, and I dined at Rachels Friday evening. We get there 2-3 times a year, and have never had anything other than delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere. www.rachelslosteria.com/ The restaurant is small (7 tables plus eating bar), the menu limited, the wines delicious and fairly-priced. Menu is generally Italian, cooked by owner's wife. Mom had rack of lamb: incredibly tasty morsels. SO enjoyed one of the standard items, seared scallops in a rich medly of wild mushrooms over angel hair. This one's worth the trip all by itself. I thoroughly enjoyed a dish whose Italian name is escaping me: rather like Bolognese, only made with finely chopped pork, with a nice slice of boned, rolled and seasoned pork loin to decorate.
Perhaps because it's not on the peninsula, this place mostly gets neighborhood and local chow-type traffic, which is a shame because $$ for $$, this place is hard to beat. Owner said business had been, "OK," but not more, so I'm hoping this post will encourage Portlanders and visitors to check this out, lest it disappear.