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Elizabeth of Portofino

897 Post Rd. (George St.) Send to Phone
Portofino is where you go when you want your favorite classic Italian dishes done right.


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Elizabeth of Portofino Restaurant Review

: Portofino isn't the kind of place that's prone to putting edgy twists on old standards. It's where you go when you want your favorite classic Italian dishes done right. After 25 years, the Alves family knows what customers want. Located in suburban Warwick close to T.F. Green Airport about 10 minutes south of Providence, the eatery is wedged into a nondescript strip mall between a barber shop and a tailor shop. You might not bring a business partner here to impress, but Portofino remains a good "find" for a dinner for two or an outing with friends, and an outdoor patio with pond views ups the romance factor a bit. The roasted garlic served with bread may not be ideal for a date night or business dinner, but you'll be unable to resist. We like to stick with a good thing, so we often order the chicken sorrento, smothered in mushrooms and artichoke hearts. But the chicken Francese, pounded thin and tender and baked with rosemary, is also a standout, ably balancing butter and lemon. Linguine with marinara is just okay, but you can't go wrong with fettuccine Alfredo, chicken Parmigiana or most of the menu's other old-school selections. After dinner, a little limoncello is a nice finisher, and biscotti with your coffee or tea won't add too many extra calories. Speaking of selections, the Monday-Thursday two-for-one special offers nine entrée choices. That, plus the early evening half-price appetizers at the bar, make this a fun and frugal after-work stop.

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