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Paciarino

464 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101
207 774-3500
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Ranked #60 of 535 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The pasta and sauces are created daily by chef owners Enrico and Fabiana Da Silva who moved to Portland Maine from Milan a few years ago. The only reason I know is that I had to ask because the freshness, flavor and quality of the pasta and the sauce of the many dishes I've tried is reminiscent of being in... More

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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Looked at the reviews, went and tried it. Bland with amateur service. Lasagna was terrible and pasta was just passable. Operated like your mom opened a restaurant but with professional prices. Underwhelmed.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Quaint little place! Great food and very nice service!! Reasonable pricing, only downside is a limited menu but everything on the menu seemed great so I don't think it's hard to find something for everyone!

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Portland, Maine
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

had dinner here with friends. Service very uneven and server, even when asked, couldn't provide much help with the menu or specials. Apps of bruschetta and similar came with just three pieces of bread...for four of us even though it was obvious to the server we ordered these for the table. Pet peeve of mine are restaurants that don't account... More

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Portland, Maine
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Very disappointing meal. There are some great Italian restaurants in Portland, but this is not one of them. Had the pasta with bolognese sauce, which was advertised as made with three types of meat, but between three of us, we had about 2oz, of meat in our bolognese sauce. It tasted like watered down tomatoes from a can. The caprese... More

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Tampa, Florida, USA
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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
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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
Top Contributor
278 reviews 278 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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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