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Caiola's

58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102-3855
207-772-1110
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Ranked #45 of 538 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Italian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Portland, Maine
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

It's not often you walk around the corner to as malt and alone house that has an equally small restaurant with wonderful Sunday brunch but that is caiola's. The eggs are farm fresh and served in all the usual brunch fashions, e.g. Benedict, omelette , etc with local bacon and susage. Man sized mimosas and superior summer sangria make this... More

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Belfast, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a neighborhood place near Longfellow Square. Very small, noisy, menu varies day by day but everything is fresh, Italian plus trendy preparation. Outstanding.

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California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

food was really good and the service was good. It is a little gem in a neighborhood area. Make reservations as it is small.

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Dallas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Very intimate. Sauces display the talent of a superb chef. I tasted my wife's entre of Chicken Marsala with a side of rigatoni and thought it was the best. The Marsala sauce was so rich and flavorful and the sauce on the rigatoni was superb. The quality of the San Marzano tomatoes really came through. I enjoyed my sea food... More

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Portland, Maine
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

On a recommendation we tried Caiola's for the first time. We were escorted through the not-so-clean kitchen to our table. (Should have taken that as a sign as other reviewers have mentioned this.) The waitress was disinterested in us, as well as the other tables she was servicing. Our appetizer, Little Gem Lettuce with Bacon, Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Gorgonzola... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We chose this restaurant in Portland's west end (a new area to us that looks a lot like Cambridge, MA) because it was listed in David Buchanan's book TASTE, MEMORY (featuring the local food movement and resurgence of heirloom fruits and vegetables) as his favorite neighborhood restaurant in Portland. Included in our party were two "foodies" and two picky eaters... More

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Boston
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We had a nice meal at Caiola's: good-very good food and pleasant service and ambiance BUT we have to echo an earlier review which questioned sanitation practices at this restaurant. We were seated near the area where bread is prepped for the tables. Several servers were cutting the bread and putting it into baskets with bare hands--the same servers who... More

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Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Best version of Chicken Marsala we have ever had and that takes into account a lot of restaurants. This place was just wonderful.

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Endwell, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had an excellent meal at Caiola's. We were there for dinner on a Wednesday night. We enjoyed the eggplant parmigiana, beef and pork ragu with Orecchiette, and the hake (fish). Also,the caesar salad with oysters was very good. The desserts were yummy. Very friendly service, small restaurant so call ahead for reservations. Located in a residential neighborhood near downtown... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was our second trip to Portland and we made it a point to go back to Caiola's. The food was very good. Small restaurant - make sure you have reservations.

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