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Ristorante Massimo

59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800 (Formerly Anthony Alberto's)
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Ranked #3 of 186 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
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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199 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Boca Raton, Florida
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

we have eaten at ristorante Massimo numerous times and each time we enjoy it more and more It as close as you can get to eating in Italy, Good service a very creative chef and a beautiful dining room

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New England
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I'm a local and for some reason just hadn't been into Massimo in ages. We received a gift certificate from a friend and promptly made a reservation. The atmosphere was wonderfully cozy and romantic... stone walls and a private booth for two made the evening special. The service was exquisite... we never had to wait for more water or more... More

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New York City, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Massimo's is a lovely romantic restaurant with excellent service and food. Delicious from start to finish, and this is coming from NYers who are spoiled by many good places to eat at home. Great for a date night. Very attentive staff and free valet parking add to the experience.

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Norman, Oklahoma
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I will relish the memory of the meal for years to come. The figs and goat cheese appetizer was really refreshing and the gnocchi entree was one of the most creative dishes I've ever eaten. Ken's highly professional service made the evening one to remember.

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Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Tried this with some sort of promo voucher. That being said my husband and I would travel the 45 mins or so to go again. The prices were great, even promo-less, agreed we would have to come again with our kids

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Dover, New Hampshire
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is an ideal restaurant for that special occasion. All parts of this experience were excellent. After reviewing the wide selection of food options we were very pleased when our dissimilar meals arrived together-properly prepared and well-presented. Although the restaurant is located in a brick-walled basement, intimate conversation is very easy. Our waiter, Ken, was the epitome of professional service... More

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Reading, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This place is located on a little side street near the center of town. It is in the basement, which is a little more difficult for the older people I went with. The atmosphere is eclectic, with a italian flair. Brocades fabric, oil paintings of scenes from Italy, stone walls, beamed ceiling and mood lighting, The waiters are in tuxes.... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a real find for a great pasta dinner in Portsmouth, a very classy place and worth the money. We had goat cheese stuffed figs, gnocchi with a beef sauce, lemon tart for dessert. Pasta was fresh and very good, food beautifully prepared, service excellent if a bit formal. The atmosphere (downstairs) is lovely but a bit old fashioned.... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I live in Portsmouth NH and have a choice of so many great restaurants. Retorante Massimo's is a traditional favorite - but we always save it for special occasions. The food is great and the service is the best around. Last September they opened an upstairs casual venue at street level. It has become my go to place to go.... More

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Lynn, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Was strolling by the restaurant and decided to take a look at the menu posted near the door. I saw it had some interesting twists on Italian food I was brought up with and some items from other regions. As we were reviewing the menu, a gentleman walked by & saw us discussing the menu and said: This the best... More

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