When turn-of-the-century immigrants left their family recipes in the old country, the tenacious entrees would turn up at Ellis Island weeks later, seeking to make their own way. Taste the self-sufficiency with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of gourmet Italian fare at The Garlic Onion Ristorante, located in the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville.
Executive chef Mathew Slack, winner of the Statesman Journal 's 2009 Best of Readers Poll, serves up savory Italian comestibles in a friendly dining environment. The menu hosts au pair Italian cuisine such as the garlic-cream-tossed gemelli pasta with grilled chicken ($15), or the grilled top-sirloin steak medallions, which ride a moped of roasted garlic and herbs through a fountain of garlic-marsala au jus ($18). Besides by-the-book Italian, this freight train of tummy temptation picks up cues from its Western Pacific tracks via pan-fried trout stuffed with tomato and sage ($17.75). Whether meeting imported spaghetti-slurpers at the hotel or taking in some local leisure with a domestic date, The Garlic Onion delights with delicacies from the hands of a victual virtuoso.