In late 2011 Executive Chef Justin Woodward took over the kitchen of Castagna. Accolades started flowing in from local and national media outlets. Castagna was place on the Opinionated about Dining list of the Top 100 restaurants in the country only three months after Justin took over. Castagna is currently ranked 15th in the country.
Lauded by The Oregonian for his “powerfully creative dishes,” Karen Brooks, Portland Monthly food critic and author of The Mighty Gastropolis calls chef Woodward, "The only Portland chef cooking at Michelin-star level.”
Training in top restaurants in California, New York, Copenhagen and Spain has made Justin’s cooking extremely seasonal, and progressive. Always with an emphasis on creating a surprising and fun dining experience, and truly delicious dishes.
Fine dining destination Castagna’s cheery new wine bar is now open, and cheddar-filled beignets and strawberry balsamic blizzards have hit Hawthorne in earnest. OK Omens, a revamped version of Castagna’s casual counterpart Cafe Castagna, is a major shift from the butter lettuce salads of yesteryear; James-Beard-nominated chef Justin Woodward has taken the menu in a seriously playful direction, served alongside master somm Brent Braun’s reasonably priced wine list. But the restaurant’s makeover, complete with minimalist white walls and a touch of sky blue behind the bar, only adds to OK Omens’ optimistic feel. • Eater PDX