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Ristorante Massimo

59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800 (Formerly Anthony Alberto's)
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Ranked #2 of 190 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
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Walking into Massimo's is like walking into your favorite Italian family's home. The staff is very welcoming, Massimo himself is very accommodating and hospitable. I like the darker rustic feel, you have to walk down a flight of stairs to get to the main restaurant. The servers have been there forever and know their stuff. Try the antipasti, any of... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

My friend and I visited the new bar area of Massimo's for dinner on a snowy Saturday night. The bar ambiance was warm and welcoming. They have about a 12 person bar with a few tables. There are two small TVs behind the bar. We enjoyed the Cucumber martinis! Delish!!! For an app, we tried Nonna's meatballs: dense and bland.... More 

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Newport, North Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

My wife and I dined upstairs at Ristorante Massimo this past week. It was just outstanding. We both had a lobster appetizer. I had the lobster carbonara which too, was outstanding, loaded with perfectly cooked lobster, fresh pasta and peas in a light carbonara sauce. Presentation and service kept pace with the quality of the food!

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Brentwood, New Hampshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I came here with my husband for our anniversary dinner....the atmosphere was very nice. Seemed like an older crowd frequented here though...I prefer more upbeat hip restuarants. But if you like really good italian....this is your place.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was our first visit to Massimo during our trip through Portsmouth. It is defiantly added to one of the "Must stops" on our list. The food was excellent and the staff and service was spot on. We felt part of the family as soon as we walked in the door and were greeted by Massimo, the owner. We are... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Excellent food. Very attentive and knowledgeable staff. Really like the character and layout of the restaurant. Not cheap. But you get what you pay for. Very, very good restaurant experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Always a favorite for great food and service. Throwback Thursday is the best value in town. A comfortable place with excellent service. Can be pricey if you go whole hog but worth every penny! I can't say enough about the service, our recent server,Ken, was great but Candace has been there forever and always makes us feel like family.

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Hampton, NH
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Always an enjoyable time at Massimo's. It is the 25th anniversary and they are celebrating with Throwback Thursday where they pull out older menus and serving them at a prefixed price. Tonight was very good. An appetizer with lobster and cavetilli in a cream sauce. A steak for entrée, and tiramisu for dessert. All done to the level you would... More 

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Stratham, New Hampshire
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

No question Massimo is a great restaurant. The food is consistently fantastic. The meatballs are to die for. The upstairs has a trendy, upscale bar feel while the downstairs has this more formal setting to it. It's not inexpensive food, but its earned with a quality service and food as well a great place to eat. Highly recommend for business... More 

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Wells, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This place is amazing. It has become my favorite place to bring my husband for a special night out. We have been for their regular menu and the chef's tasting menu. Always amazing food and great service.

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Additional Information about Ristorante Massimo

Address: 59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800 (Formerly Anthony Alberto's)
Phone Number: 603-436-4000
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Italian

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