To start definitely make reservations, Ave Genes is so good even on a Monday it is very busy. Probably because of all the media attention and "top Ten" lists it has been on. When arrived we were seated promptly and offered still or sparkling water complimentary. I picked the sparkling, which was a nice touch. The beet salad was delicious, I loved the hazelnuts on it. For the main entree I had the cavetelli (probably spelled wrong) which was a freshly made pasta in the shape of a small penne noodle. I ate almost the whole it was so good before I remembered to take a picture. The server was very helpful at helping me decipher the menu, main course and the wine list. You will understand when you try this place. This is a must try place in Portland, I want seconds please.