5513 NE 30th Ave. Portland
Nonna is a unique Tavern style creative event space in the heart of NE Portland. Nonna is the more-casual sister spot to the acclaimed Italian restaurant DOC, and mirrors many of DOC’s charms (like a white-tiled facade and intimate feel) but embraces a “tavern” atmosphere, with a horseshoe-shaped bar, high-top seating, and benches replacing the white tablecloths.
The words Anam Cara are Celtic for "friend of my soul" and represent rare friendships that transcend time and distance.
Originally from Lodi, California (Nick) and Scotland (Sheila) the couple met in London while Sheila was in Public Relations and Nick was the European Marketing Manager for a US-based corporation. When Nick returned stateside in 1981, they were married in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Together, they opened a small chain of family-serving pizza parlors first in Benicia, California, and then in the Napa Valley. In 2001, the family came to Oregon, purchasing a rundown walnut, plum and filbert orchard which was to become the home of Nicholas Vineyard and Anam Cara Cellars wines. Nick and Sheila continue to farm the vineyard, assisted by their two dogs, Buck and Missy who welcome visitors and help keep the vineyard gopher free.