Restaurant review of Portofino's in Lexington KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Portofino's,
Review guidelines:
1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

November 3, 2015 - Dinner

249 E Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507
Restaurant review of Portofino's in Lexington KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Portofino's,

Portofino’s has been around for a number of years.  They used to own a pizza/casual Italian restaurant out near the Kroger on Richmond Rd, but it has been closed for a while.  The occasion for our visit was a girls nite dinner and drinks.  The pace was leisurely and the ambiance was very nice.  Our reservation was for a Tuesday evening at 6pm.  When we arrived, there weren’t too many other patrons, but by the time we left the restaurant was packed.

Portofino’s as its name implies, is focused on Italian favorites and a few extra items.  I had the Ravioli de Casa – house made cheese and basil ravioli served with garlic sage butter.  The garnishment was supposed to be fried leeks, but I asked them to forgo the leeks.  My food was excellent.  Several people ordered wine with their dinner and a bread basket with herb butter was provided while we were waiting.  The others in the group chose the Veal Marsala Meatballs, the Tiger Shrimp and Sea Scallops Buccatini, and the Lasagna to name a few.  Everyone loved their choice!  Several of us split desserts – a caramel, sea salt cheesecake – which was fantastic also.

Service was excellent, but not overly solicitous.  The dining rooms are large, open loft-like spaces, but the atmosphere still felt cozy.  Portofino’s also serves an excellent lunch – but don’t be in a hurry – it is not that kind of place!  Parking is available in 2 side lots or on a metered street space.  My dinner was $30.16 including tax and tip.  Check out their menus and hours of operation at: http://portofinolexington.com/.  Frankfort readers – Serafini is their sister restaurant in your area.

Gluten Free Options – none advertised.
Vegetarian Options – none advertised, but there are a few options. Vegans are probably out of luck entirely though.

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