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“Great Fresh Pastas” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Paciarino

Paciarino
464 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101
207 774-3500
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Ranked #69 of 540 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Fresh Pastas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Fresh, in-house made pastas with tasty sauces. Enjoyed the dessert, too. A real homey atmosphere, friendly not formal.

Visited June 2012
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  • English first
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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

My husband and I have eaten there several times and are never disappointed. The food is individually prepared and very good. The menu appears on a chalkboard as you enter and the host/hostess explains each dish and answers any questions. The food is delivered very quickly and I am impressed with the presentation. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Portland, Maine
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Solid value, but has execution issues”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Not great, not bad, just average. Paciarino is a great idea, flawed by poor technique and over-reliance on packaged ingredients. I brought family there and we all agreed our pasta was good, but over-cooked and over-salted. Antipasti mostly consisted of premade (albeit premium) spreads.

This would be a pretty good place if execution were better and a little more was made in house. I'll be honest, this place would probably be a very good restaurant in any other place, but Portland has far too much competition for it to stand out. It's a good value, both for food and wine.

Visited June 2012
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Portland, Maine
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“WITH ALL DUE RESPECT....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

Just took two very dear friends of mine (more like family) - one from Rome, Italy and the other from Madrid, Spain - here. Why? BECAUSE I KNEW THEY WOULD HAVE AN OUTSTANDING FANTASTIC MEAL!!!! And they did. VERY authentic and we couldn't have asked for better service. AS USUAL. Paciarino remains one of top picks and we've never ever had any complaints about any aspect. Oh, one more thing: the lasagna bolognese is to die for! AS USUAL! (So too the Buffala Mozzerella)....should I go on?

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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Not worth the money !”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We are an Italian couple, living in Portland for a few months and were looking forward to eating authentic Pasta as the Restaurant advertises. How disappointing this experience was. We were seated at the bar for dinner directly viewing the receptionists' legs and wondering were she had forgotten her trousers/skirt - she was just wearing a shirt. However the worst was to come: the Pasta was too salty, too oily and not authentic at all. It was just not good and we'll definitely never to this place again.

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