This is a great little lunch/dinner spot where you can get a hearty pasta-based meal without burning your whole evening on it. Grassa touts multiple types of hand-made pastas, traditionally styled sauce options, salads and old-world sides served at high-sitting communal bench tables.
The food is fresh and opinionated without being overbearing. The atmosphere is casual, cool, and social.
In retrospect I loved the food; but I stayed a while longer for a few drinks because my dining experience was backed by a truly tasteful soundtrack. The music was groovy, street, old skool hip hop. It eventually segued into complementary, vintaged, indie rock with sparse dashes of punk that rounded out the urban timbre of the mix in way that felt distinctly Portland. I can tell that someone who works there knows their way around a record store with vinyl--when that was a thing. Where do I sign up for the Grassa Handmade Mixtape fan club?