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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
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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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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Toledo, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We were so fortunate to have paid attention to the effusive reviews of this restaurant. Everything about it was a pleasure from the ambience, genuinely friendly greeting, to the impeccable service coordinated by the wonderful Ken (he seems to have a fan club!) to the food, glorious food. The Gnocconi alla Loichle was like nothing I'd tasted before, even in... More

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Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited Portsmouth at the end of August 2014. We were unfamiliar with the restaurants in town and decided to choose Ristorante Massimo for dinner one of the evenings. We were extremely impressed by the personable, friendly greeting we received at the desk when we walked in and that wonderful service continued through dinner thanks to our server, Ken. The... More

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Columbus, OH
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were in the basement level which is an old fashioned upscale Italian restaurant.The atmosphere was elegant and tasteful. The food was delicious. The service was impeccable. Our table of four could carry on a conversation and hear one another. We had a very enjoyable evening here and would visit the restaurant again.

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Toledo, Ohio
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Perfect for what it is and it is the best of traditional Italian cuisine, service and atmosphere. I could have eaten here in the 1950s, 60s 70s an on and it would have been the best of what was available. Intimate yet comfortable, perfect service formal yet engaging and food perfectly prepared and presented. Each ingredient carefully prepared, of the... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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