Portofino Italian Ristorante

★★★★☆
  • 5035 34th St S

    St Petersburg, FL 33711

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  • 727-864-2800

About Portofino Italian Ristorante

Hours
Mon - Thu, 11am - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 11am - 11pm; Sun, closed

Food

Food
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

I couldn't believe how bad it was! Sevice, food quality, cleanliness were all among the worst I have seen.

I thought they must have either had a really bad day or changed ownership or something. I rechecked the Citysearch site and saw a large number of terrible reviews (which I now think are pretty accurate).

How can citysearch justify that many stars! I will not be using their site again.

Again, this place is awful. I am embarrassed that it is in my town and I choose to take some friends there.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

I couldn't believe how bad it was! Sevice, food quality, cleanliness were all among the worst I have seen.

I thought they must have either had a really bad day or changed ownership or something. I rechecked the Citysearch site and saw a large number of terrible reviews (which I now think are pretty accurate).

How can citysearch justify that many stars! I will not be using their site again.

Again, this place is awful. I am embarrassed that it is in my town and I choose to take some friends there.

Pros: Convenient to the highway

Cons: Everything else

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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.

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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

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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.
Some of the review which I have read are so pathetically negative that they must have been written by real soreheads

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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.
Some of the review which I have read are so pathetically negative that they must have been written by real soreheads

Pros: Nice Atmosphere

Cons: Too good to be in a strip mall

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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.

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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

Cons: none

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I have never been to an establishment that fails so miserably in every aspect of the business. Truely awful.

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I have never been to an establishment that fails so miserably in every aspect of the business. Truely awful.

Pros: None

Cons: The con is that they charge you for this poor excuse for food.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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++++++++

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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......

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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This was the best kept secret in town. Small, intimate dining in the evening and very warm, welcoming, comfortable atmosphere at lunch hour. Family owned and operated. Everything on the menu is terrific. You can't go wrong! Family and staff very friendly and accomodating. At the risk of having to wait for a seat when you all show up,I highly recommend you check it out. Also recommend a reservation for large groups.

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This was the best kept secret in town. Small, intimate dining in the evening and very warm, welcoming, comfortable atmosphere at lunch hour. Family owned and operated. Everything on the menu is terrific. You can't go wrong! Family and staff very friendly and accomodating. At the risk of having to wait for a seat when you all show up,I highly recommend you check it out. Also recommend a reservation for large groups.

Pros: small/intimate, friendly service, great food

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A wonderful family run Ristorante! The food is well presented, the tasty is excellent and the portions are huge.

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A wonderful family run Ristorante! The food is well presented, the tasty is excellent and the portions are huge.

Pros: creative, great atmosphere, personal service

 

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