Stumptown Coffee Roasters founder, Duane Sorenson and Executive Chef Joshua McFadden have crafted Ava Gene’s Roman-inspired menu to feature the best local produce and meats grown and raised by Pacific Northwest farmers and ranchers. It is simple, rustic and complemented with a regional Italian wine list and an extensive selection of amari and grappa. Ava Gene’s is named after Sorenson’s daughter and a true tribute to Italian cuisine. The restaurant is inspired by Sorenson’s world travels but channels his love for Portland’s culture. The open kitchen, wood burning fire, Italian artwork and iconic rock music create a memorable dining experience.