Portofino

★★★★★
  • 10932 Ascan Ave

    Flushing, NY 11375

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  • 718-261-1239

About Portofino

Hours
Sun 1pm-10pm; Mon 11am-10pm; Tue 11am-10pm; Wed 11am-10pm; Thu 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 1pm-11pm

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I came here and the service I received her was amazing and the food was great!

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I came here and the service I received her was amazing and the food was great!

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I came here and the service I received her was amazing and the food was great!

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I came here and the service I received her was amazing and the food was great!

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It will give you an opportunity to try the different variety of food. This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants around town! I enjoy the pizza with my family here the most.

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It will give you an opportunity to try the different variety of food. This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants around town! I enjoy the pizza with my family here the most.

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The food is still fresh and amazing! Even though it takes me a while to get home I cannot wait to come back for my next visit.

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The food is still fresh and amazing! Even though it takes me a while to get home I cannot wait to come back for my next visit.

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I came to Portofino about two weeks ago and I had the Pasta al Forno Stuffed Shells. It was so delicious, that just talking about it it making my mouth water again. The restaurant is super cute and sheek. I love the way everything was set up. The service was amazing and the prices were reasonable.

5
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I came to Portofino about two weeks ago and I had the Pasta al Forno Stuffed Shells. It was so delicious, that just talking about it it making my mouth water again. The restaurant is super cute and sheek. I love the way everything was set up. The service was amazing and the prices were reasonable.

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I came to Portofino about two weeks ago and I had the Pasta al Forno Stuffed Shells. It was so delicious, that just talking about it it making my mouth water again. The restaurant is super cute and sheek. I love the way everything was set

3
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I came to Portofino about two weeks ago and I had the Pasta al Forno Stuffed Shells. It was so delicious, that just talking about it it making my mouth water again. The restaurant is super cute and sheek. I love the way everything was set

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I came here and the food I receive here is amazing and very delicious thank you for all the great service.

5
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I came here and the food I receive here is amazing and very delicious thank you for all the great service.

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Can't argue with the Sunday brunch buffet: not particularly inventive but definitely one place to pig out if you wake up famished after a drinking Saturday night. Dinner at other times is good enough with some lows and a few highs.

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Can't argue with the Sunday brunch buffet: not particularly inventive but definitely one place to pig out if you wake up famished after a drinking Saturday night. Dinner at other times is good enough with some lows and a few highs.

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Can't argue with the Sunday brunch buffet: not particularly inventive but definitely one place to pig out if you wake up famished after a drinking Saturday night. Dinner at other times is good enough with some lows and a few highs.

3
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Can't argue with the Sunday brunch buffet: not particularly inventive but definitely one place to pig out if you wake up famished after a drinking Saturday night. Dinner at other times is good enough with some lows and a few highs.

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This is restaurant is great the food is amazing and the service is great as well.

5
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This is restaurant is great the food is amazing and the service is great as well.

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Portfolio is on of my favorite restaurants. I enjoy the pizza with my family here the most. I have been coming here for as long as I can remember and I love it!\r

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Portfolio is on of my favorite restaurants. I enjoy the pizza with my family here the most. I have been coming here for as long as I can remember and I love it!\r

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Portofino is on of my favorite restaurants. I enjoy the pizza with my family here the most. I have been coming here for as long as I can remember and I love it!

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Portofino is on of my favorite restaurants. I enjoy the pizza with my family here the most. I have been coming here for as long as I can remember and I love it!

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Excellent food, reasonable prices, and the service is excellent. I will be back soon.

3
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Excellent food, reasonable prices, and the service is excellent. I will be back soon.

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Great service, awesome restaurant and delicious food!

3
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Great service, awesome restaurant and delicious food!

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Best Italian place in the area. Food is great and the staff as well as the owner really make you feel at home.

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Best Italian place in the area. Food is great and the staff as well as the owner really make you feel at home.

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I came into Portofino's for the second time last week and I enjoyed it just like the first time. Great service and wonderful selection of food. Everything was tasty and delightful. I cannot wait to come back for my next visit.

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I came into Portofino's for the second time last week and I enjoyed it just like the first time. Great service and wonderful selection of food. Everything was tasty and delightful. I cannot wait to come back for my next visit.

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I came into Portofino's for the second time last week and I enjoyed it just like the first time. Great service and wonderful selection of food. Everything was tasty and delightful. I cannot wait to come back for my next visit.

3
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I came into Portofino's for the second time last week and I enjoyed it just like the first time. Great service and wonderful selection of food. Everything was tasty and delightful. I cannot wait to come back for my next visit.

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I come here for take out when I don't have a lot of time to sit there and eat dinner. Even though it takes me a while to get home, the food is still fresh and amazing!

5
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I come here for take out when I don't have a lot of time to sit there and eat dinner. Even though it takes me a while to get home, the food is still fresh and amazing!

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I come here for take out when I don't have a lot of time to sit there and eat dinner. Even though it takes me a while to get home, the food is still fresh and amazing!

3
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I come here for take out when I don't have a lot of time to sit there and eat dinner. Even though it takes me a while to get home, the food is still fresh and amazing!

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Wonderful seafood, great service, and reasonable prices. I highly recommend Portofino for a great dinner that you can really enjoy without draining your wallet.

5
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Wonderful seafood, great service, and reasonable prices. I highly recommend Portofino for a great dinner that you can really enjoy without draining your wallet.

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Wonderful seafood, great service, and reasonable prices. I highly recommend Portofino for a great dinner that you can really enjoy without draining your wallet.

3
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Wonderful seafood, great service, and reasonable prices. I highly recommend Portofino for a great dinner that you can really enjoy without draining your wallet.

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This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants around town! I love this place and I come here about once a month or once every other month. I love it!

5
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This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants around town! I love this place and I come here about once a month or once every other month. I love it!

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This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants around town! I love this place and I come here about once a month or once every other month. I love it!

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This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants around town! I love this place and I come here about once a month or once every other month. I love it!

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I came into Portofino about three weeks ago with a few friends and we had an awesome time. Thank you for the wonderful service and delicious food. We were very impressed. We will be back for another night out.

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I came into Portofino about three weeks ago with a few friends and we had an awesome time. Thank you for the wonderful service and delicious food. We were very impressed. We will be back for another night out.

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Excellent experience this past weekend with the family. The cheesecake was the best dessert for my kids.

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Excellent experience this past weekend with the family. The cheesecake was the best dessert for my kids.

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Excellent experience this past weekend with the family. The cheesecake was the best dessert for my kids.Excellent experience this past weekend with the family. The cheesecake was the best dessert for my kids.

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Excellent experience this past weekend with the family. The cheesecake was the best dessert for my kids.Excellent experience this past weekend with the family. The cheesecake was the best dessert for my kids.

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Portofino is one of my favorite restaurants. Thank you for always being so helpful and nice.

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Portofino is one of my favorite restaurants. Thank you for always being so helpful and nice.

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Portofino is one of my favorite restaurants. Thank you for always being so helpful and nice.

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Portofino is one of my favorite restaurants. Thank you for always being so helpful and nice.

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I came into Portofino for the first time about two weeks ago and I was very happy with my visit. The food is delicious and the staff is so professional. I have even picked this restaurant for my anniversary dinner next month! I am very excited to come back and enjoy some more delicious food.

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I came into Portofino for the first time about two weeks ago and I was very happy with my visit. The food is delicious and the staff is so professional. I have even picked this restaurant for my anniversary dinner next month! I am very excited to come back and enjoy some more delicious food.

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I came into Portofino for the first time about two weeks ago and I was very happy with my visit. The food is delicious and the staff is so professional. I have even picked this restaurant for my anniversary dinner next month! I am very

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I came into Portofino for the first time about two weeks ago and I was very happy with my visit. The food is delicious and the staff is so professional. I have even picked this restaurant for my anniversary dinner next month! I am very

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I came to Portofino about two weeks ago and I had the Pasta al Forno Stuffed Shells. It was so delicious, that just talking about it it making my mouth water again. The restaurant is super cute and sheek. I love the way everything was set up. The service was amazing and the prices were reasonable.

5
★★★★★

I came to Portofino about two weeks ago and I had the Pasta al Forno Stuffed Shells. It was so delicious, that just talking about it it making my mouth water again. The restaurant is super cute and sheek. I love the way everything was set up. The service was amazing and the prices were reasonable.

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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! I love the Pizza at Portofino's! The sauce is delicious and the juicy meat toppings are great!

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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! I love the Pizza at Portofino's! The sauce is delicious and the juicy meat toppings are great!

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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! I love the Pizza at Portofino's! The sauce is delicious and the juicy meat toppings are great!

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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! I love the Pizza at Portofino's! The sauce is delicious and the juicy meat toppings are great!

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I like coming to Portoinfos for their pies. They are huge and just taste great. I also like the Tiramisu that they have. It just melts in my mouth every time!

5
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I like coming to Portoinfos for their pies. They are huge and just taste great. I also like the Tiramisu that they have. It just melts in my mouth every time!

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I loved there food, I love there service overall this is a restaurant that I would tell y friends and family.

5
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I loved there food, I love there service overall this is a restaurant that I would tell y friends and family.

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My wife always drag me out here because Italian food is her favorite. She likes to order the Prefixed meals. they can cost a little more but I do whatever she likes. Plus you get can Piano music as well.

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My wife always drag me out here because Italian food is her favorite. She likes to order the Prefixed meals. they can cost a little more but I do whatever she likes. Plus you get can Piano music as well.

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My wife always drag me out here because Italian food is her favorite. She likes to order the Prefixed meals. they can cost a little more but I do whatever she likes. Plus you get can Piano music as well.

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My wife always drag me out here because Italian food is her favorite. She likes to order the Prefixed meals. they can cost a little more but I do whatever she likes. Plus you get can Piano music as well.

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I came here recently with my husband, and had a great experience. We were seated promptly and drinks were brought to our table quickly. We had questions about the menu and the waiter was knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. We

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I came here recently with my husband, and had a great experience. We were seated promptly and drinks were brought to our table quickly. We had questions about the menu and the waiter was knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. We

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My family and I enjoy this restaurant ... it's our usual spot for birthdays or just a place to have a nice dinner together. Everyone is friendly, the waiters are funny, the owner is such a nice man. They always make room or take walk ins.

3
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My family and I enjoy this restaurant ... it's our usual spot for birthdays or just a place to have a nice dinner together. Everyone is friendly, the waiters are funny, the owner is such a nice man. They always make room or take walk ins.

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The food is delicious, I love all their pastas. You can have something specially made, like I get jumbo shrimp alfredo. It is excellent!

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The food is delicious, I love all their pastas. You can have something specially made, like I get jumbo shrimp alfredo. It is excellent!

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The food is delicious, I love all their pastas. You can have something specially made, like I get jumbo shrimp alfredo. It is excellent!

3
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The food is delicious, I love all their pastas. You can have something specially made, like I get jumbo shrimp alfredo. It is excellent!

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This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants ... although I haven't been to many. But It's simple and cozy yet classy, nice family place.

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This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants ... although I haven't been to many. But It's simple and cozy yet classy, nice family place.

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This place has excellent food and service, is very clean, and the bathrooms are spotless. The owner goes out of his way to make sure everything is going well with his customers, and the service they're getting. I go there almost every weekend

5
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This place has excellent food and service, is very clean, and the bathrooms are spotless. The owner goes out of his way to make sure everything is going well with his customers, and the service they're getting. I go there almost every weekend

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This place has excellent food and service, is very clean, and the bathrooms are spotless. The owner goes out of his way to make sure everything is going well with his customers, and the service they're getting. I go there almost every

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This place has excellent food and service, is very clean, and the bathrooms are spotless. The owner goes out of his way to make sure everything is going well with his customers, and the service they're getting. I go there almost every

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Went to Portofino with my friends on a Saturday night. The place is super busy, had to wait for almost 40 minutes to get a table, eventhough we've made reservations that afternoon. Otherwise, the food and drinks are good, friendly

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Went to Portofino with my friends on a Saturday night. The place is super busy, had to wait for almost 40 minutes to get a table, eventhough we've made reservations that afternoon. Otherwise, the food and drinks are good, friendly

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I recently booked a party for 40 people at Portofino and had a great experience from booking to leaving. I met with the owner to review the packages about 2 weeks before we wanted to have the event and he was great. He was very accommodating and helpful. Apon arriving to the restaurant on the day of the event, we were all greated by the friendly staff and seated quickly. The dinner service was perfect and the food was amazing. It was a weekend night and the restaurant was packed but the wait staff was still on top of everything. We were given the room with the piano and the entire experience was great. We will be booking all of our parties and family events there!

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I recently booked a party for 40 people at Portofino and had a great experience from booking to leaving. I met with the owner to review the packages about 2 weeks before we wanted to have the event and he was great. He was very accommodating and helpful. Apon arriving to the restaurant on the day of the event, we were all greated by the friendly staff and seated quickly. The dinner service was perfect and the food was amazing. It was a weekend night and the restaurant was packed but the wait staff was still on top of everything. We were given the room with the piano and the entire experience was great. We will be booking all of our parties and family events there!

Pros: Great Staff/Great Food

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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I recently booked a party for 40 people at Portofino and had a great experience from booking to leaving. I met with the owner to review the packages about 2 weeks before we wanted to have the event and he was great. He was very accommodating and helpful. Apon arriving to the restaurant on the day of the event, we were all greated by the friendly staff and seated quickly. The dinner service was perfect and the food was amazing. It was a weekend night and the restaurant was packed but the wait staff was still on top of everything. We were given the room with the piano and the entire experience was great. We will be booking all of our parties and family events there!

5
★★★★★

I recently booked a party for 40 people at Portofino and had a great experience from booking to leaving. I met with the owner to review the packages about 2 weeks before we wanted to have the event and he was great. He was very accommodating and helpful. Apon arriving to the restaurant on the day of the event, we were all greated by the friendly staff and seated quickly. The dinner service was perfect and the food was amazing. It was a weekend night and the restaurant was packed but the wait staff was still on top of everything. We were given the room with the piano and the entire experience was great. We will be booking all of our parties and family events there!

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I had a great experience. We were seated promptly and drinks were brought to our table quickly. We had questions about the menu and the waiter was knowledgable and attentive to our needs. We ordered portobello mushrooms with asparagus for an appetizer which was very good, especially the sauce. For the main course, I ordered steamed mussels in a spicy marinera sauce which was really good and fresh. My friend ordered linguini with a bunch of seafood on the top, which was really good too. It had squid and mussels, scallops, and calamari. Very fresh and at the end of our meal, we were drinking the sauce from the bowl... can't help ourselves.

We received all of our food fairly promptly and the place was over half full.

When we were leaving, the host gave me a rose and said something cheezy in italian. Passed by the other day and the buffet brunch looks really good too.

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I had a great experience. We were seated promptly and drinks were brought to our table quickly. We had questions about the menu and the waiter was knowledgable and attentive to our needs. We ordered portobello mushrooms with asparagus for an appetizer which was very good, especially the sauce. For the main course, I ordered steamed mussels in a spicy marinera sauce which was really good and fresh. My friend ordered linguini with a bunch of seafood on the top, which was really good too. It had squid and mussels, scallops, and calamari. Very fresh and at the end of our meal, we were drinking the sauce from the bowl... can't help ourselves.

We received all of our food fairly promptly and the place was over half full.

When we were leaving, the host gave me a rose and said something cheezy in italian. Passed by the other day and the buffet brunch looks really good too.

Pros: Fresh and generous servings

Cons: a bit cheezy

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If you are looking for good food, Portofino is NOT it. The food is not worth the time or money. Awful food, just awful. The desert wasn't that bad, but we had the moose, hard to mess that up.
It's too bad becasue Forest Hills is such a nice place but very few good restaurants.

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If you are looking for good food, Portofino is NOT it. The food is not worth the time or money. Awful food, just awful. The desert wasn't that bad, but we had the moose, hard to mess that up.
It's too bad becasue Forest Hills is such a nice place but very few good restaurants.

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Live in the neighborhood, and have always wanted to try this, because it is always mobbed.

The decor is nothing new to anyone who has been to a traditional suburban red-sauce restaurant in the last 40 years. Poorly-painted murals of misshapen gondolas bobbing in the bay and out-of-perspective houses, etc. Wood paneling, white Christmas lights even in October, etc.

Saturday night at 9:30 PM the noise level in the main dining room was close to deafening. Impossible for my wife and me to even hear ourselves think, let alone converse. Add to that the piano player tinkling away, and the sound of clashing silverware and you get the idea - the sound was a great distraction. There is a smaller dining area (with the bad mural on one side and the obligatory wall of mirrors on the other) that is a little quieter.

Tablecloth had been put on the table upside-down (hem showing), and had a dime-sized blotch of something very dark on it. Surely they could have found a better cloth, if they had cared. But that's the point about this place: they just don't; going through the motions is all they can manage (including the motion of taking your hard-earned money for a bad experience).

Service was very inflexible and a mechanical, by unfriendly and not-very-bright waiters and busboys, some of whom do not speak English well. Our waiter was a sourpuss who also took unnecessary liberties like calling us "You guys". When we're paying $27 for an entree, can't he manage a "sir" and a "ma'am"?

The waiter could not follow a simple instruction that I gave him, and even reminded him of once. When I disappointedly asked him to remedy the problem caused by his inability to recall, he was sour almost to the point of rudeness.

At this point I should mention a good rule of thumb for pre-judging Italian restaurants: If they can't spell the following words correctly on the menu, they're probably not going to provide an authentic meal:
fettuccine (not fettucini or fetuchine)
cannellini beans (not cannolini beans, which would mean beans that look like little cannoli)
panini (not pannini or paninni... And by the way, panini is a plural; the singular is panino, as in "I'll have the sun-dried tomato, goat cheese and tuna panino, please")
...and many more.

Back to Portofino - - The pasta in the pasta fagioli soup was overcooked to the point of mushiness; nearly dissolved before it hit the palate. The point of this soup is the melange of textures (meaty/grainy beans; springy pasta, smooth base, fresh vegetables). There were very few beans (are they that expensive?) and the seasoning was absolutely insipid.

The entrees we had were passable, but we have had more authentic and flavorful dishes at chains like Olive Garden and Buca di Beppo.

The point of the "neighborhood Italian" is to serve traditional fare (that should be dead simple for any decent chef) in a fun, welcoming setting. The food here was so bland and the service was so unpleasant that I had to warn my fellow Forest Hillians (and anyone else) to stay away.

A much better choice, less than five minutes' drive away: La Vigna on Metropolitan Avenue. Decent, real people run and work in this place, and the food is quite good (if not outstanding).

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Live in the neighborhood, and have always wanted to try this, because it is always mobbed.

The decor is nothing new to anyone who has been to a traditional suburban red-sauce restaurant in the last 40 years. Poorly-painted murals of misshapen gondolas bobbing in the bay and out-of-perspective houses, etc. Wood paneling, white Christmas lights even in October, etc.

Saturday night at 9:30 PM the noise level in the main dining room was close to deafening. Impossible for my wife and me to even hear ourselves think, let alone converse. Add to that the piano player tinkling away, and the sound of clashing silverware and you get the idea - the sound was a great distraction. There is a smaller dining area (with the bad mural on one side and the obligatory wall of mirrors on the other) that is a little quieter.

Tablecloth had been put on the table upside-down (hem showing), and had a dime-sized blotch of something very dark on it. Surely they could have found a better cloth, if they had cared. But that's the point about this place: they just don't; going through the motions is all they can manage (including the motion of taking your hard-earned money for a bad experience).

Service was very inflexible and a mechanical, by unfriendly and not-very-bright waiters and busboys, some of whom do not speak English well. Our waiter was a sourpuss who also took unnecessary liberties like calling us "You guys". When we're paying $27 for an entree, can't he manage a "sir" and a "ma'am"?

The waiter could not follow a simple instruction that I gave him, and even reminded him of once. When I disappointedly asked him to remedy the problem caused by his inability to recall, he was sour almost to the point of rudeness.

At this point I should mention a good rule of thumb for pre-judging Italian restaurants: If they can't spell the following words correctly on the menu, they're probably not going to provide an authentic meal:
fettuccine (not fettucini or fetuchine)
cannellini beans (not cannolini beans, which would mean beans that look like little cannoli)
panini (not pannini or paninni... And by the way, panini is a plural; the singular is panino, as in "I'll have the sun-dried tomato, goat cheese and tuna panino, please")
...and many more.

Back to Portofino - - The pasta in the pasta fagioli soup was overcooked to the point of mushiness; nearly dissolved before it hit the palate. The point of this soup is the melange of textures (meaty/grainy beans; springy pasta, smooth base, fresh vegetables). There were very few beans (are they that expensive?) and the seasoning was absolutely insipid.

The entrees we had were passable, but we have had more authentic and flavorful dishes at chains like Olive Garden and Buca di Beppo.

The point of the "neighborhood Italian" is to serve traditional fare (that should be dead simple for any decent chef) in a fun, welcoming setting. The food here was so bland and the service was so unpleasant that I had to warn my fellow Forest Hillians (and anyone else) to stay away.

A much better choice, less than five minutes' drive away: La Vigna on Metropolitan Avenue. Decent, real people run and work in this place, and the food is quite good (if not outstanding).

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