MEDFORD, ORE. - Cicily’s Pastaria and Grille

During our quick road-trip to Medford, Ore., we were looking for a dinner venue that was local, upmarket and, of course, good. We were so delighted to find Cicily’s Pastaria and Grille, we had dinner there two nights in a row.

We’d identified a tapas restaurant in downtown Medford but, as it turned out, much of downtown was cordoned off to traffic because of the Southern Oregon Craft Brew Fest and Medford Cruise classic car show. By good fortune, we found Cicily’s in a strip mall at McAndrews and Biddle.

From its location, one might assume Cicily’s is a red-checked-table-cloth Italian “noodles and gravy” house. You would be wrong. The atmosphere is upmarket, yet understated. Staff members were uniformly professional and friendly, greeting us and checking back to ensure all was well throughout the meal.
Exterior of Cicily's

On our first visit, we shared a Caesar salad and a clam linguine, sautéed in white wine, olive oil, garlic with fresh herbs and Roma tomatoes. A bottle of Montepulciano and we were set for the evening. On our second visit, we enjoyed the Bruschetta followed by chicken Marsala. All the dishes were easily enough for two people to split, which is what we did, and didn’t feel like we had sacrificed a thing.

Bruschetta with balsamic vinegar

The restaurant levies a charge if it splits the dish for the diners, but there’s no charge if dinner companions simply swap plates half-way through.

Our server, Cassie, was upbeat and attentive, checking back just enough to let us know we were on her radar and, had we needed anything (which we didn’t), she’d have been most happy to oblige.

While we were told Cicily’s gets its share of kids, we encountered only a few during our visits. Perhaps because of the overall upmarket ambience, parents kept their charges under control, allowing everyone to enjoy a delightfully pleasant experience.

Refined, upmarket interior

Cicily’s offers a range of antipasti as well as desserts ranging from tiramisu to gelatos including my favorite: spumoni. One Italian dish the restaurant does not offer is pizza, which may be among the reasons we did not see many families with kids.

In addition to its indoor seating, Cicily's offers patio seating when the weather permits.

We were happy to go back and, unless you’re Jonesing for a pizza, are confident you’ll enjoy it as well.

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