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Portofino Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner

Food and ambience


Cozze Marinara**
Whole Chilean mussels steamed in spicy tomato sauce
USD 9.95
Calamari Fritti
Fried calamari, lighty floured with lemon wedges and our special horseradish dipping sauce
USD 9.95
Polenta Croccante
Crispy polenta triangles with wild mushrooms and rosemary cream sauce
USD 8.95
Prosciutto e Mozzarella**
Cured Parma ham with fresh mozzarella cheese and Italian dressing
USD 8.95
Involtini di Melanzane
Eggplant rolls filled with ricotta cheese and baked with tomato cream sauce, delicious
USD 8.95
Antipasto Italiano**
Antipasto of assorted Italian cold cuts with pickled Giardiniera and fresh mozzarella cheese
USD 10.95
Frutti di Mare**
Cold combination of shrimp, scallops, calamari, and mussels marinated in olive oil and lemon over greens
USD 11.95
Pasta Festival
Any item on our Pasta list can be ordered in appetizer portion
USD 9.95
Minestrone di Verdure**
Homemade vegetable soup - A specialty of our Chef
USD 5.95
Zuppe di Polpettini
Chicken broth with parmesan turkey meatballs and spinach
USD 5.95
Tortellini en Brodo
Fresh pasta rings stuffed with spinach, ground veal and mortadella ham, in a clear consommé
USD 5.95
Insalata Portofino
Artichoke, tomato, fresh mushrooms, ceci peas, and mixed greens with Italian red wine vinaigrette
USD 8.95
Insalata Caprese
Fresh mozzarella cheese served with slices of tomato over mixed greens and Italian red wine vinaigrette
USD 8.95
Insalata di Spinacio
Spinach salad with dried cherries, pine nuts, crumbled gorgonzola cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette
USD 7.95
Insalata Veronese
Goat cheese and walnuts over tender baby greens and raspberry vinaigrette
USD 7.95
Insalata di Cesare
Caesar salad with homemade garlic croutons
USD 6.95
Large Size USD 4
With Anchovies USD 2
With Chicken USD 3
With Shrimp USD 5
Insalata Verde
Tossed green salad - Italian dressing
USD 4.95
Orecchiette Quattro Funghi**
For those who love mushrooms - round ear shaped pasta with four types of wild mushrooms and rosemary cream
USD 16.95
Ravioli Portofino
Roasted vegetables (eggplant, onions, garlic, carrots, peppers, zucchini) and goat cheese filled pasta tossed with diced tomatoes and sage butter
USD 18.95
Linguini al Vongole**
Homemade chopped clam sauce - served in your choice of: red tomato sauce or white garlic sauce
USD 16.95
Melanzane "Portofino"
Baked eggplant filled with ricotta cheese with tomato cream sauce
USD 15.95
Linguini al Pesto Genovese**
In a green sauce made with basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and parmigiano cheese
USD 14.95
Gnocchi alla "Portofino"
Potato dumplings served in a pink tomato cream sauce
USD 16.95
Lasagne Bolognese
Layers of fresh pasta, cheese and meat baked in a Nothern Italian meat sauce
USD 18.95
Bucatini alla Carbonara**
Thick spaghetti with a hole running through the center sauteed in egg cream sauce with parmigiano, pancetta, sweet peas, and onion
USD 15.95
Cannelloni al Gratin
Freshly rolled pasta tubes with blended meat filling and baked in creamy béchamel sauce
USD 15.95
Linguine Monte e Mare**
Pasta tossed with sautéed shitake mushrooms and shrimp in extra virgin olive oil and garlic
USD 19.95
Saltimboca alla Romana**
Veal slices sautéed with prosciutto and a sage-white wine sauce
USD 22.95
Cotoletta alla Parmigiana
Breaded veal cutlet with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce
USD 21.95
Costoletta di Vitello alla Fiorentina**
14 oz. veal chop with roasted red peppers, garlic-balsamic spinach
USD 30.95
Scalloppine alla Sorrentina**
Veal slices topped with prosciutto ham, a slice of fresh tomato, and mozzarella cheese sautéed in a white wine sauce
USD 23.95
Bocconcini dello Chef
Braised, stuffed veal with fresh mushrooms in a sherry wine sauce - an original family specialty
USD 22.95
Picatta di Vitello**
Veal slices sautéed in butter, capers, lemon, and white wine sauce
USD 22.95
Scalloppine al Marsala**
Veal slices sautéed with fresh mushrooms and Marsala wine sauce
USD 22.95
Scalloppine alla Triestina**
Veal slices sautéed in a light white wine sauce with a touch of cream served with fresh mushrooms
USD 22.95
Petto di Pollo al Marsala**
Chicken breast sautéed in Marsala wine sauce with fresh mushrooms
USD 18.95
Picatta di Pollo "Pilar"**
Boneless chicken breast sautéed in butter, lemon, and white wine sauce with capers
USD 17.95
Pollo Portofino
Boneless chicken breast filled with prosciutto, spinach, and parmigiano cheese baked with a wine cream sauce - an original family specialty
USD 19.95
Pollo alla Rustica**
Chicken breast sautéed in a marinara sauce with onions, green pepper, and mushrooms with sliced sweet Italian sausage
USD 18.95
Filetto alla Gorgonzola* **
Beef Tenderloin medallions served with a gorgonzola cream sauce
USD 26.95
Filetto alla Da Vinci* **
Beef Tenderloin medallions with fresh mushrooms and sherry wine sauce
USD 26.95
Bistecca Pizzaiola* **
Broiled Ribeye Steak with onion, green pepper, mushrooms, black olives, and tomato
USD 29.95
Costolette d'Agnello* **
Double-cut lamb chops broiled with black olive and rosemary demi-glace
USD 27.95
Omaggi di Nettuno**
Combination of lobster tail, shrimp, scallops, and fresh mushrooms in brandy cream sauce served over fettucine - an original family specialty
USD 28.95
Cape Santé al Pomodoro e Basilico**
Scallops sautéed in tomato sauce with fresh mushrooms and basil served over linguini
USD 24.95
Scampi Fra Diavola**
Jumbo shrimp sautéed in spicy plum tomato and wine sauce with mushrooms and peppers over linguini
USD 23.95
Shrimp, scallops, fish, clams, mussels, and squid in a light tomato broth over capellini
USD 24.95
Cacciuco "Livornese"**
Shrimp, scallops, fish, clams, mussels, and squid cooked in a white wine and lemon sauce with a touch of garlic
USD 24.95
Sole Almondine**
Sautéed filet of sole with toasted almonds, white wine and lemon brown butter
USD 23.95
Gamberi al "Burro"**
Shrimp sautéed in lemon, butter, garlic and white wine sauce
USD 21.95
Welcome to fine dining in Crystal City! The Portofino Restaurant was opened in 1970 as a family owned and operated Italian restaurant. They brought to Crystal City, fine Northern Italian Cuisine. Through the next three decades, Sergio and his wife Pilar welcomed thousands of guests to their award-winning restaurant. In 1993, three generations of Micheli chefs joined forces as their son Richard, a recent graduate of the famed Culinary Institute of America, began his work at the Portofino
$15 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed February 28, 2020 via mobile

This is an upscale restaurant with excellent Italian food. The food is authentic Northern Italy, not just spaghetti and lasagna. There are many choices to suite your likes. The wait staff is excellent, and they take a team approach. For example, our water glasses were...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 15, 2020 via mobile

What an amazing place to have authentic Italian food! Amazing service, delicious food... so many options! The Portofino Martini was divine

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 12, 2020

Had a salad and a chicken dish at Portofino. The chicken was quite tender and tasty. The prices at Portofino might be slightly high compared to the other restaurants in the neighborhood.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 3, 2019 via mobile

Went here on a recommendation. The atmosphere was very nice. Almost like a trattoria in Italy. Not crazy expensive either.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed October 30, 2019

You definitely need to have reservations. Great food and service. Open from 11:00 Am until 10:00 PM. Small parking lot behind restaurant . The menu has fantastic selections. We had the chicken parmesan . It was a good sized portion and delicious. The ambiance is...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 26, 2019

Great food, service and wine. Would definitely come here again when in the area. Friendly staff, fresh pasta and a large menu to choose from.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 19, 2019

The food was very good. I had veal and vegetables along with an arugala salad. Everythings was very good. I was kind of surprised that a potato or pasta didn't come with the dish. My only concern was that I felt rather rushed. A manager...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 6, 2019 via mobile

Being from NY and now living in CA, finding a good Italian restaurant is a treat. Portofino’s is great. From the home baked bread to the special desserts, we were pleasantly surprised. Northern Italian cuisine, we had Portofino chicken stuffed with spinach and prosciutto. The...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 4, 2019 via mobile

A great offering of dinner choices - extensive and varied. Cheerful, welcoming service. I had the shrimp frau diavlo- spicy but not hot, very large shrimp, varied flavors. My wife enjoyed the butternut/ shrimp ravioli in an excellent vodka tomato cream sauce - the best...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 28, 2019

We were in town for the weekend and wanted a nice dinner. I started checking the TripAdvisor reviews and menus and settled on Portofino. The restaurant is welcoming inside, there were lots of diners which is always a good sign. Our server, Akash was attentive...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Not sure about that, can just say food was so so, not worth the price.
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