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“Best authentic Italian restaurant in the west” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portofino Ristorante West

Portofino Ristorante West
12851 W Bell Rd Ste 15, Surprise, AZ 85374
(623) 583-1931
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Ranked #6 of 151 restaurants in Surprise
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Red Deer, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best authentic Italian restaurant in the west”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We have been to Portofino Ristorante several times and the food, service and atmosphere is awesome. We have never had a bad meal there. It is always fresh and our servers always have a smile to go with your meal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in a heartbeat.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“November dinners at Portofino”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We liked the atmosphere, the caring staff, and above all the excellent food. On occasion the Head Waiter, who has an excellent voice will treat us with an aria. Just a great place!!!

Visited November 2012
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Rockford, Illinois
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Good Food, Good Prices, Good Entertainment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The title of this review says it all. We are frequent diners during "the season" and find that the food is as genuine Italian as you are going to find in the area. All servers are attentive. You will feel like family on your second or third visit.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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St. Catharines, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Surprise secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Tucked into the corner of a nondescript plaza is one of the finest restaurants in the northwest valley, Portofino's Ristorante West is a wonderful blend of great food and service. We have tried a couple of the Italian restaurants further west into Surprise along the Bell Rd strip and would rather stay home and have a grilled cheese sandwich rather thaneat at them again. Portofino's, however, is our "go to" restaurant if we are taking our visitors out for a fine yet casual meal or for our weekly date night out. The restaurant takes the dining experience up a notch with linen table cloths and napkins. The wait and service staff are friendly, cordial, and attentive to the smallest details, all under the discreet guidance of the manager. But the food? In a word - outstanding! The same care that goes into the business side of the restaurant has obviously carried through to the kitchen. The menu offers a delicious blend of Italian favorites and some interesting specials. Every dish is meticulously prepared and plated and served as much to please the eye as the palate. Whatever the owners are doing, they're doing it right!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sun City West, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Tablecloths, hooray!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Nice little neighborhood gem. And you even get tablecloths. Not checkered, but white. Nice touch for a little Italian restaurant. We went with a group of six and had a nice corner table. All the food we had was very good. The complimentary toasted bruschetta was great and it just kept on coming. The portions were large with plenty to take home for a second meal. Liberty, our server, could not have been nicer or more efficient. If you live in the Surprise, Sun City West neighborhood you've got to try this place. If your passing through I am not sure of the hours but this area is mostly a retirement community and many places close around eight oclock. So call ahead if you plan later dining.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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