One of the best places in town for a candlelight dinner, Portofino specializes in romantic interludes. The long wine list will start your evening ... More
One of the best places in town for a candlelight dinner, Portofino specializes in romantic interludes. The long wine list will start your evening right. If you are lacking ideas as to what to order, try the six-course meal that includes everything from appetizer to dessert. If you still cannot decide, the Mattonelleextra-large ravioli stuffed to the hilt with cheese, spinach and tomatoes, then topped with a tomato-pesto sauceis always a great bet. Service adhered to a high level and the atmosphere is welcoming and homey.
This used to be my favorite restauraunt in Portland, in the good old days of vodka sauce and sambuca sauce. I'm sure many of you know what I'm talking about. Today was my 42nd birthday and I decided to take my party of 7 to Portofino. I had read some good reviews since the NEW owners had taken over. When we arrived we were seated promptly, but because the whole party wasn't there yet those of us who were seemed to be lost in the crowd. Service seemed harried and hurried. Definately not personal, which was surprising in such a small, intimate restaurant. Food was good, but with all the great restaurants in this town I won't be breaking any speed limits to come back. It was on par with anything I could get in about 20 different places in this city.
The biggest disppoinment was the fact that when making the reservation it was mentioned that it was a birthday dinner. It was mentioned again when calling with a question and we had presents on our table. Not one member of the wait staff even noticed. I feel that one of the marks of a overall great restaurant is keeping track of those small yet important facts, especially someone spending a special occasion at their restaurant. Overall this place (for me) was just ok
I've had several dishes at Portofino, and all of them have been marvelous! The service is parallel with the food; they are very good at making you feel very welcome in their establishment. I've been to many of the finer restaurants in the Portland / metro area, and this is by all means right up there with the best of them.
They will quite often have a very nice specials menu available, and the waiter has done a fine job of explaining this each time I have eaten there. The prices are very fair for what you are getting - typically around $20 a meal, which will come with bread and soup or salad.
Bottom line is this - if you have not tried Porofino, you are REALLY missing out on a great find in the Portland area! I highly recommend that you try it as soon as possible. You will not be disappointed!
I went to Portofino's for the first time. We had the rudest waiter ever. EXTREMELY rude waiter. When I asked which of two items he would suggest he rudely stated he would go with the lasagne which I did not want nor did I ask about. During the meal when he came to fill water glasses I held my empty glass up so he would not have to reach across the table - he looked down and without filling it, turned and walked away. When my husband accidently spilled the creamer for his coffee and apologized profusely saying to the waiter that if he would bring a rag we would be glad to clean it up - the waiter said nothing, picked up the napkins we used to sop it up and walked away. I could go on because more happened - but you get the idea. I finally lost my appetite and left and waited in the car while my husband finished his food and paid. The food itself was very good. It's too bad I could not enjoy it!
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