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All 188 Portsmouth Restaurants

Ristorante Massimo

59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800 (Formerly Anthony Alberto's)
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Ranked #3 of 188 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: State Street
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
long island
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This was a perfect, romantic dinner, start to finish. Prices are high but worth every cent. This is not just a restaurant. It is an experience. We were at our table for nearly two hours. The candlelight set the stage along with our tuxedoed waitstaff. Courses served slowly and impeccably. Well dressed diners, speaking in quiet tones. I knew I... More

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New Castle, New Hampshire
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I hadn't been here since it was Anthony's...many years ago. I purchased a Living Social or Limelight Deal and thought I was buying it for Mombo, not Massimo. So I was prepared to be a little disappointed. What a pleasant surprise we had! I've bought these deals for other restaurants in the Portsmouth area and often times you get a... More

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Asbury, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This was our last restaurant meal on our way home from a fall New England road trip. We had some of the best dining, so expectations were high. They did not disappoint. This is a great restaurant. Massimo is the most gracious and caring host. The atmosphere, the food, the staff were all great. We will have to dine here... More

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Westborough, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The food was delicoius and the service great. We had a nice booth in the corner of the dining room - very romantic.

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Mosman, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Great atmosphere, very authentic and quality Italian restaurant. Despite being very busy with some big groups, the staff were very attentive. Kate, our waitress was one of the best Ive experienced. She was friendly, and made sure we didn't have to even look up before she was checking in on us. The menu is based on high quality, local ingredients... More

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boston, MA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

My daughter had picked the restaurant to celebrate my birthday and what a fabulous restaurant she chose! We started with a selection of meats and cheeses-it was hard to decide with all the choices. We had the pleasure of Kenny being our server-not only was the service outstanding his knowledge and his interpretation of the choices was spot on. We... More

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Rye, New Hampshire
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Had our rehearsal dinner there. Do not hesitate. Book it. Food amazing. Time to connect and not get stuck talking to a few people. The variety of food. Jethro the chef and massimo were fabulous. You want to dream about food? Go here

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Top Contributor
261 reviews 261 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This was, indeed, a delightful and memorable evening! Located in downtown Portsmouth’s historical district, the restaurant is absolutely charming with its brick walls and candlelight! The owner makes all feel welcome in his delightful restaurant! The service is truly impeccable. My companion and I chose steak and fish entrees which were prepared exquisitely! This is, definitely, one of the most... More

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Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

In town for a concert, we dined before the show at this delightful Portsmouth restaurant. What a treat ! A jubilantly gregarious maitre'd escorted us to a candlelit table in the brick-walled dining room. The space is warm, inviting and perfect for the delicacies which followed. Our attentive waitress made useful recommendations from an extensive wine list. Massimo prides itself... More

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West Newbury, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Took my wife to Massimo's for our wedding anniversary. We were seated quickly and all went well. However, not to be too picky, but our wine glasses stayed empty for a bit longer than I'd expect for me to rate as "excellent". Very close, but not quite. In general, this dinner was a very good experience - at least due... More

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