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464 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101
207 774-3500
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Ranked #42 of 535 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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155 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Tampa, Florida, USA
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great pasta, large portions. Should have only ordered one appetizer for two people. Was a little concerned that there were no secondi. However, the large primi and pasta plates were more than we could eat. Small and authentic. The chefs doubled as busboys.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We had an excellent dinner at Paciarino on July 10th - both the food and service were perfect. Both salad and pasta were flavorful and fresh.

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Quebec City, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

After 5 days on the Maine coast we needed a break from steamers and lobster so we headed to this restaurant which was recommended by our hotel. The atmosphere was very friendly and the staff and owner with whom we chatted were very gracious and welcoming. The food was simple Italian fare prepared with fresh ingredients which included some really... More

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My family and I stumbled upon this place on a day trip to Portland. It was July 3, a Friday night and we did n't have reservations. They graciously accommodated us for which we were grateful. Paciarino is a warm, cozy place. Everything is fresh--bread with olive oil, salads and their pasta dishes.

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Portland, Maine
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269 reviews 269 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

If the title doesn't tell you how I feel about Paciarino...well...there's really not much else to say. Lunch this week - it's either that or dinner - was, as always, perfect. Lauren was our server this time - and she was lovely! and spot-on - and lunch for me and two friends (including one from Italy) had Lauren bring back... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I've been here a few times and have enjoyed my dishes every time. They accommodate dietary restrictions and I was able to have a lobster/wine sauce and gluten free pasta. My favorite dish before gluten free was a goat cheese ravioli. My husband enjoys their red sauce dishes. Only drawback is it is a little pricey but good quality and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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80 reviews 80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I dined at Paciarino Memorial Day weekend with my Mom and was very impressed! The service, quality and taste were beyond what I was expecting. Our waitress was chipper and attentive and the food was served at a moderate pace which was fine for us that evening. The location of the restaurant is easy to find right on Fore Street,... More

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Just an outstanding meal in a very relaxed atmosphere. The bolognese was so good that our homemade sauce will never be the same. Four diners, each with a different dish and we were all wowed. Kind of a short menu, but who cares? Will definitely return the next time we're in Portland.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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129 reviews 129 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Eating here made my wife and I feel as if we were back in a small osteria in Italy. The place is small — paciarino is Italian for cozy — and while the noise level might be a bit high everything else was spot on. Although we arrived a half hour early and the restaurant nearly full we were seated... More

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silver spring, md
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226 reviews 226 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Returned with my wife for lunch after being away from Maine for six months and found that this is still a very nice little restaurant. The decor is simple, but attractive and comfortable. The food is all made in-house - pastas, simple delicious sauces, and wonderful bread. The service is friendly, efficient, and charming. Our server, Leah, worked as hostess,... More

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