5 Star Reviews by Owners/family??. 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?
Best Italian EVER!!!.
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!!!
Kim and family!!!
I Love this place ! you will too !.
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.
Take it from experience. 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 !
Cant wait to go back!. 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!
Worst Italian Food.
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.
The best part of the meal was the bread and salad. I had the spaghetti and meat balls. I think they just opened up a can of tomato sauce, warmed it up and dumped it on top. The meatballs tasted like they came from a can of dog food.
I would not recommend this restaurant to my worst enemy!
What's up with the stars?.
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.
This place is AWESOME. 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.
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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