Chef Don Salamone Makes One of Portland’s Best Burgers. But It Took a Pandemic for Him to Start Cooking the Food Closest to His Heart.
When the pandemic hit, Salamone saw an opportunity to finally get back in touch with his roots. While the cart downtown stays focused on burgers, Salamone and his wife, Katie, converted their Dig A Pony kitchen into Stevens Italiano, preparing traditional, rotating Italian meals twice a week, in portions big enough to guarantee leftovers. Each order contains an entree, side, salad and garlic bread, plus dessert—all for around $25.