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Portofino Italian Ristorante

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5035 34th St S
Saint Petersburg, FL 33711
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(727) 864-2800
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Portofino Italian Ristorante - Saint Petersburg, FL
Portofino Italian Ristorante - Saint Petersburg, FL
Portofino Italian Ristorante - Saint Petersburg, FL
Portofino Italian Ristorante - Saint Petersburg, FL
Portofino Italian Ristorante - Saint Petersburg, FL
Portofino Italian Ristorante - Saint Petersburg, FL
Portofino Italian Ristorante - Saint Petersburg, FL
Portofino Italian Ristorante - Saint Petersburg, FL
Portofino Italian Ristorante - Saint Petersburg, FL
Portofino Italian Ristorante - Saint Petersburg, FL

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Best

I rated this restaurant a five star. The ratings here say a 5 star means ""Run, don't walk"". I say RUN to Portofino for a great meal. The family style dining is the best. We h...

Worst

Decent pizza -- well, better than PH, Dom, and PJ, but pricey. Prices should be more competitive, This restaurant either has 1 star or 5 stars. Interestingly, the 5 star revie...

5 Star Reviews by Owners/family?? 8/19/2011

Decent pizza -- well, better than PH, Dom, and PJ, but pricey. Prices should be more competitive, This restaurant either has 1 star or 5 stars. Interestingly, the 5 star reviews are written often on the same day (is this a coincidence?) and by someone who has only written one review. Is it reasonable to think they are written by insiders? more

Best Italian EVER!!! 7/18/2011

I rated this restaurant a five star. The ratings here say a 5 star means ""Run, don't walk"". I say RUN to Portofino for a great meal. The family style dining is the best. We had some friends in from out of town and we all wanted something different. Everyone was happy with their choices and entree's. There was so much food we had a great Sunday brunch with the left overs. Mike and Anna are owners and made great suggestions and became part of our family on the first night we were there. If we don't see them each week and visit over a glass of wine and a good meal, we feel something is missing. We love you Mike and Anna. Thanks for opening your kitchen to our family and friends. See you this week!!! XOXOXO Kim and family!!! more

I Love this place ! you will too ! 7/16/2011

I don't like shrimp ! I don't like any seafood in my pasta ! BUT... After my sister forced me to try the lemon franchise with shrimp, OMG ! I love it ! and the muscles again, OMG ! first i dipped the bread in the juice because i knew i wouldn't like it. but OMG ! I then got the nerve to actually try a muscle on the bread... now i eat it often and I must say... If you never been to Portofino, try something you never had before. you will love it. and bring the kids, they will love the personal pizza's. tell them George sent you, lol that won't get you anything... But, it would be funny. more

Take it from experience 7/16/2011

The first clue to good Italian Ristorante, is.. Are the owners Italian? Well the answer in this case is YES. I might not be able to type very well but i do know good food when i eat it ! I am 74 years old and I have eaten in a lot of joints in my life and this place is one of my favorites. the wine, bread and salad, then the main course whatever I choose is always a delightful evening. I have been coming here for over 15 years and God willing , I hope to return another 15 years. you will love it ! more

Cant wait to go back! 7/16/2011

Yes, 5 out of 5 stars for Portofino!! I have to say that the entire experience from the greeting when I walked thru the door to the delicious meal, wine and dessert were an absolute treat. The Restaurant has a very warm family like feel. The staff .....all smiles and friendly which I have to say is very refreshing to the ""corporate dining"" experience. We were quite a big party dining and the food was served promptly and hot with LOVE. I was able to sample some of my parties dishes from the pizza to the pasta and meat sauce ALL DELICIOUS! Cant wait to go back! more

Worst Italian Food 12/7/2010

This was the worst dining experience that I've had in all my 64 years! The restaurant to start with was cold and customers were having to eat without taking off their coats. Our waiter Jose wasn't the most attentative waiter...to the point he was almost rude. We had to even ask for a bread plate. more

What's up with the stars? 2/22/2010

So I searched for local restaurants I have yet to try and saw this place with four and one half stars. Sounded good so I tried it. Pros: Convenient to the highway Cons: Everything else more

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This place is AWESOME 9/21/2009

The food is excellent. Same owners for years now and they are so very nice. The service is good - prices are reasonable. A lovely place for lunch or dinner. I have been a customer for over 8 years and live in south St. Pete. Pros: Consistently good italian food - nice atmosphere more

Superior Dining 3/29/2009

We, and many of our visiting friends have been dining here for years. We return because it is very good Italian food and the ambience is excellent. Pros: Nice Atmosphere Cons: Too good to be in a strip mall more

Good Neighborhood Italian 1/23/2009

This is our favorite neighborhood Italian spot. I love lasagna and Portofino's makes one of my favorites. It's not sweet like most, but creamy and cheesy. We also like the Chicken Valdostana. The Chicken Saltimbocca special is great when they feature it. The pizza crust is thin and crispy, just the way we like it with good sauce and toppings. Salads are OK, but not memorable. Good bread and a decent wine list for a strip mall restaurant. Service is friendly and usually efficient, if not always totlally professional, but this isn't Armani's. Pros: easy parking, friendly owners and staff, smells wonderful more

It's the worst - Don't Go 4/22/2008

I have never been to an establishment that fails so miserably in every aspect of the business. Truely awful. Cons: The con is that they charge you for this poor excuse for food. more

Skip Olive Garden and Come Here! 4/21/2008

You will never find a more exquisite Italian restaurant in all of Florida than Portofino's in St. Petersburg. Upon entering it became clear that this is the type of restaurant I would feel welcome in. The decor is lovely and the staff is absolutely charming. I haven't even gotten to the food yet, just the restaurant alone is enough to make you return again. The food tastes like you are eating in a cottage tucked away in the Italian countryside. Each bite is filled with a flavor you will never forget! You will won't want to go to Olive Garden again-nothing can be more delicious than Portofino's! Pros: The charming staff and amazing food! more

Outstanding specialty Italian dishes 4/17/2008

This is a true find for those wanting authentic Italian cuisine, pleasant atmosphere, reasonable prices, and wait staff that are truly attentive. My sister introduced me to this wonderful establishment when she moved to the area and if I lived closer I would surely dine there more often. The wait staff is always pleasant and very attentive to all our requests. The Italian cuisine found here is always cooked to perfection and the taste reminds us of dishes just like mama would make. And the Masi wine - SUPERB! The owners always take the time out of their busy day to stop at your table and say ""Hi"" and recommend their favorite dish of the day. No need to travel to Italy it's in your own backyard! more

Great Italian Cuisine. Great dining experience. 4/15/2008

I went to this restaurant when I was on business trip and it was a great dining experience.... Food was delicious and service was great......Huge portions too.....I was very impressed with the daily specials they had to offer......It has a very comfortable atmosphere ....The staff was very personable and accommodating....This is a great restaurant and recommend it to everyone. Pros: Great food and service. more

Authentic Italian Cuisine. Highly Recommend. Always a pleasureable dining experience. 4/15/2008

This is a true find for those wanting authentic Italian cuisine, pleasant atmosphere, reasonable prices, and wait staff that are truly attentive. I drive over the skyway bridge once a week to eat at this wonderful restaurant if I lived closer I would surely dine there more often. The wait staff is always pleasant and very attentive to all our requests. The Italian cuisine found here is always cooked to perfection and the taste reminds us of dishes just like mama would make. Take time to get to know the owners they make you feel like part of their family, remember your name and your favorite menu items. They offer delicious specials daily and offer all Italian favorites on the main menu entrees. We always order a second dinner to go so we can enjoy this cooking again the next day at home. Whenever we have company in town this is the only restaurant we take them to knowing the food will be outstanding, the service will be wonderful, and the atmosphere is perfect for a dinner with friends or family. If you haven't tried it, what are you waiting for? There is no place like Portofino for an unforgettable meal! We highly recommend for those who are looking for true Italian cuisine - no need to travel to Italy it's in your own backyard! Pros: Authentic Italian Cuisine, You'll be full when you leave here! A++++++++ more

HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE 4/4/2008

HORRIBLE, WORST EXPERIENCE I HAVE HAD IN A LOCAL EATERY....THE HOSTESS WAS ADORABLE AND VERY KIND....HAD A PROBLEM AND TALKED WITH THE MANAGEMENT....BUT SHE WAS VERY BELLIGERENT AND HOSTILE.....ALMOST TO THE POINT OF BEING RUDE AND ARGUING WITH ME, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO SOLVE MY PROBLEM...MOST EMBARRESSING MOMENT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED IN A LONG TIME.....I TRIED TO REASON WITH HER, BUT SHE INSISTED THAT SHE WAS GOING TO WIN THE BATTLE AND BEING THE GENTLEMAN THAT I AM, I LET HER WIN...WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE CUSTOMER MAY BE RIGHT ? IT WAS OUR FIRST TIME AT THAT STRIP MALL RESTAURANT....BUT I WILL NEVER RETURN AGAIN....AND WILL SPEAK BADLY TO MY BUSINESS ASSOCIATED ABOUT IT FOR A LONG TIME TO COME.....IN THIS DAY OF TIGHT MONEY.....THIS IS NOT A TIME TO BE NASTY AND CRUDE.....THERE ARE TOO MANY OTHER WONDERFUL PLACES TO DINE IN.....AND BE TREATED WITH RESPECT.....I WOULD RATE THE OLIVE GARDEN ABOVE THIS PLACE, AND I DON'T MEAN THAT AS A COMPLIMENT.....I HAVE HAD TWO VISITS THERE.....MY FIRST TIME AND MY LAST TIME.....I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE AT ALL...... Pros: FRONT DOOR IS EASY TO EXIT Cons: MANAGEMENT NEEDS TO ATTEND ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASSES more

portofino's 4/3/2008

I went into the restaurant today for lunch and, had their meatball parm. It was to die for. Service was excellent, my waitress Collen was right on point. She was a funny, happy, extraordinary person with good recemendation for what to eat. For any family dinning for a good price I recemend Portofino's Pros: great food and service Cons: spanish music more

I can only say I was shocked to find some good reviews here. 3/25/2008

This is the single worst restaurant that I have ever experienced. I ignored the warning signs, Portofino is in a strip mall, and at the beginning of the dinner hour. All business were crowded except this one. No one else was here. We were led to the only table in the room without a little yellow sign explaing the up charge for bread, due to high wheat prices. The waitress was nice, but clearly embaarassed by managements policies. Half the food was bad, half was inendible. We returned a $12.00 meal , which they took off the bill but charges us separately for the accompaning salad and pasta. We got about a buck off for the bad entree. I usually find many redeeming qualities in a place which is not great, perhaps poor management but some good recipes from mama, but in this case, Mama must have wpent al of her days in the kitchen of a Sicilian prison. If you want to go, go soon, they will not last. Pros: You should always be able to find parking and a table Cons: The ample parking and seating is because the place is terrible. more

Best Place to Eat in the area 12/18/2006

Portofino is a hidden treasure. We ordered a pizza for lunch and it was delicious. You can tell that it was made with high quality ingredients. The wait staff was very friendly and on top of things. It was not crowded and very prompt service during lunch time. There are very few places in the area that are not fast food or fried chicken! I will definitely return again! Pros: Great food, prompt service, good prices Cons: Hidden in a strip mall more
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  • Hours:

    Mon - Thu, 11am - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 11am - 11pm; Sun, closed
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Maximo

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