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“Another excellent dining experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portofino Ristorante

Portofino Ristorante
831 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110
518-608-4675
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Ranked #1 of 117 Restaurants in Latham
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Come visit us at Portofino,located adjacent to Travelodge Hotel. Fine dining atmosphere, affordable dining and great ambience. Live music on weekends and happy hour 4 to 7 monday thru Friday! Award winning chef.....find out why we are becoming Latham's newest favorite!
Cohoes, NY
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Another excellent dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Last night my husband and I returned to Portofino's for another exceptional dining experience! Our server Trevor was pleasant, professional and allowed us to relax and enjoy our meals. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his Pancetta Caronara. My Pollo Alla Marsala was perfectly prepared. The chef honored my request for homemade pappardelle with red gravy served as my side dish. The pappardelle is PERFECTLY prepared. Portofino's is an authentic Italian restaurant: superb food and wonderful hospitality.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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CliftonPark, NY
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“So glad we went!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Saw a Groupon and after checking out the TA reviews decided to buy it. Friend and I went last night and were so very pleased. We were warmly greeted by Anthony, (owner) and initially sat at the bar for a drink. Cozy and pleasant. Then at our table we were served homemade warm bread. I had the small plate Tuna with risotto and asparagus. Loved the Tuna and loved that it was a small plate, just enough. My friend had the Chicken Marsala and it was plentiful and delicious and served with homemade tagliatelle! We got there at 5:30 and by time we left at 7 there were many people there. Will definitely go again!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Norfolk, Va.
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A Fine Port to end one's travels”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We stopped here for dinner based on TA's reviews. We were prepared, but still a bit leery of a great restaurant attached to an older hotel. We were at the end of a very long day travelling and wanted a nice meal. It was very cold and windy when we arrived so we were pleasantly surprised and relieved to walk into such a nice place. As mentioned it is divided into 2 levels. We were seated at the upper level (just a few steps up) and thought the atmosphere to be warm and cozy. The bread was very good and though I generally try to pass on this, my companions mmm's convinced me to try it. We each had a different meal, my friends had the Pollo Alla Marsala and Pancetta Caronara ( a twist on the usual carbonara). My husband and I had the Shrimp Basilico and the Carmelized Diver Scallops in a small plate size. Each was just the right amount and was delicious! Mmm's heard here too! We had the choice of homemade pasta to go with it that was tender and perfectly cooked. Great to soak up the tasty sauces. Many times in Italian restaurants you have to order a salad, but a very nice one with a reduced balsamic vinegar dressing lightly applied came with the meal. The service was attentive but not overbearing. Sadly we don't live here, we envy those who do. We'll definitely stop here again when we travel this way next.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Latham, New York
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I'm tired of chains. Franchises are good because when your away from your home you know what to expect from a TGIF or an Outback but I prefer the personalized unique creative talents of a Chef. Portofino in Latham was wonderful.....from the live acoustic music in the dining room to the delicious food to beautiful presentation. My fiancée and I opted to eat at the bar since we are very social and wound up meeting some very nice people who has been to Potofinos a few times and shared with us a few of their favorites. My guy and I shared a scallop and risotto dish and veal chop entree. Both were incredibly tasty. Two other items worth mentioning..... Portofino's entrees were served with a house salad. That is the right way to serve a meal. It alway irks me to have to pay another 5 to 12 dollars to have a salad before my meal. I mean really, how much can a few pieces of lettuce and some carrot shavings cost? Smart restaurants add that as part of you meal leaving more complex salads to be added at a charge. By the way, the house, salad at Portofinos was excellent, fresh and not iceberg!! Mixed greens a few veggies and yummy dressing.
As for the service, the bartender (our waitress) was pleasant, friendly and attentive. The owner came to us several times and asked our opinion and answered our questions without making us feel like he could only spare 1 min and run. The owner seemed to be working right along with his staff....different jobs but extremely invested in his establishment. To end our meal we shared a creme brûlée. And finally...done right. Creamy vanilla custard, crispy sugar fired top. This is one of my favorites and I can't tell you how many times in other restaurants I've been disappointed with what should be an easy dessert. Not crunchy....smokey burnt sugar, watery custard. Portofinos nailed it.
I rarely if ever write reviews especially of food because everyone differs in their taste so I usually don't see the point but this place was worth my typing time!
I'm going back.

PS. They have a back room for weddings and party's. I didn't check it out but the gals at the bar told me.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cohoes, New York, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Latham's Finest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I have been going to Portofino's since they've re-opened. I have to honestly say it's my new favorite restaurant! The wait staff there is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The bar tenders are a pleasure to talk to, and make some great drinks! The food is absolutely fantastic, wether your looking for a small plate or a full on dinner, everything is great. The atmosphere is elegant but comfortable. They have been having live entertainment thurs-sat nights, and the acts are great. Volume is at a nice level were you are able to hear, but also carry on a nice conversation. Wether your looking for a nice family dinner, a special date night, or a business meeting, Portofinos is the way to go. Food and drink prices are extremely reasonable especially considering the portions and quality of the food. A perfect 10/10 in my opinion. I highly recommend checking this place out!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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