Please please please let me get what I want; lord knows, it would be the first time.
The Register-Guard reports that the owners of the Red Barn Natural Grocery have opened a casual Italian restaurant, Pasta Ravello, next to the grocery, at 345 Van Buren St. It’s open for dinner, 5-10 pm, seven nights a week. I’m too jaded and bitter to be hopeful, but could this be the one restaurant in Eugene that gets it right? The owners say it is “very simple, but very warm,” and that they’re trying to do Oregon ingredients with an Italian theme. The opening was reported in the Business section, not the really awful Entree section, which features no restaurants at all (???????????), so it doesn’t provide dishes to exemplify exactly what they mean by “Italian theme,” and it spells the name of the restaurant wrong. So yes, it could go horribly, horribly wrong. But the Red Barn (not to be confused with the Red Apple Market, a different animal altogether) is actually not a bad place, so I will go take a looksee. Plus, the Eugene Weekly had a positive review before the place really got going, so keep yer fingers crossed.
And, if you are strong enough for potential heartbreak, Eugenia Bob sez check it out.