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Ristorante Massimo

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Wed, 6/26
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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MEZZA (SMALL BITES)‏
7 each
3 for 18
crispy fried oyster, butternut squash, andoullie lobster bisque shooter
day boat scallop, zucchini, spicy tomato coulis
sautéed antipasto olives
lobster croquette, herbed crème fraîche
fried eggplant, tomato bacon jam
CHARCUTERIE
6
capicola
6
pate di campagne
6
fennel soppressata
6
rillon (crispy bacon)
6
prosciutto di parma
6
smoked duck breast
6
salami toscana
15
seared foie gras
daily preparation
CHEESES‏
6
manchego - spain
6
parmigiano reggiano - italy
6
wood ripened brie - vt
6
gorgonzola dolce - italy
6
porter cheddar - ireland
6
buffalo mozzarella - italy
6
humboldt fog - ca
6
triple cream - italy
ANTIPASTO
16
trio di aragosta
maine lobster bisque topped w/ butter poached lobster & crème fraiche served w/ a crispy lobster croquette
12
agnello con piselli
slow-stewed lamb, a snap pea & cherry tomato salad w/ pea tendrils, & ricotta salata over a house made tostada
16
foie gras
seared hudson valley foie gras over house made brioche crouton w/ fig preserves, pickled onions, & local micro greens
13
ostriche fritte
semolina crusted wellfleet oyster crispy fried & served over a garbanzo, edamame, & cannellini bean salad, garnished w/ bell pepper coulis & herbed crème fraîche
13
maria's polpette
kobe beef meatballs slowly cooked in san marzano tomato sauce & topped w/ arugula & shaved parmigiano reggiano
PRIMI PIATTI‏
select house-made pastas are priced as appetizer or mid-course & entrée portions.
appetizer 12
mid-course & entrée n/a
tagliatelle carbonara
House-made tagliatelle pasta served "carbonara style" w/ crispy prosciutto, English peas, parmigiano reggiano, shaved black truffles & egg yolk (appetizer only)
appetizer 14
mid-course & entrée 25
gnocconi alla loichle
chianti-braised beef tenderloin tossed w/ house-made cracked pepper dumplings, arugula & crème fraiche; topped w/ toasted pine nuts, fried basil & shaved pecorino
appetizer 14
mid-course & entrée 25
pappardelle della nonna
House made sweet Italian sausage sautéed w/ broccoli rabe, over black garlic house-made pappardelle pasta, finished w/ pecorino romano
appetizer n/a
mid-course & entrée n/a
ravioli del giorno
our homemade ravioli selection changes nightly (also available as an entrée)
INSALATE
9
insalata mista
"sandy hill farms" seasonal greens dressed w/ a hazelnut-white balsamic vinaigrette, topped w/ humboldt fog cheese & toasted hazelnuts
10
insalata di barbabietole
roasted organic red & yellow beet salad served w/ red wine reduction, hydroponic baby mache greens, gorgonzola dolce & toasted walnuts
10
insalata cesare
baby romaine tossed in roasted garlic anchovy aioli, w/ brioche crouton & shaved parmigiano cheese
14
carpaccio
thinly sliced peppercorn crusted seared beef tenderloin w/ a verdura salad of baby carrots, sugar snap peas, cherry tomato, smoked leek vinaigrette, & fried capers
SECONDI‏
34
filetto di manzo
grilled canadian beef tenderloin w/ crispy fried eggplant, tomato bacon jam, & wilted napa cabbage slaw finished w/ a rosemary demi glace
29
capesante con verdure
seared day-boat maine scallops w/ roasted carrots, purple potato, sugar snap peas, cherry tomato, fried garlic confit, & a saffron emulsion
26
costola brasato
kobe beef short rib w/ a spicy san marzano tomato sauce, over herbed scented barley, tuscan kale & sautéed spinach finished w/ lemon herb yogurt
35
vitello alla griglia
grilled center-cut veal chop w/ sage scented butternut squash, sautéed andouille sausage, finished w/ a local mushroom ragout
36
aragosta
locally-caught lobster served two ways: grilled lobster tail w/ rosemary infused butter & lobster risotto w/ butter poached lobster claws, garnished w/ truffled arugula salad
27
merluzzo arrosto
george's banks cod pan roasted w/ lemon, served w/ sautéed zucchini spaghetti tossed in basil pesto, & plum tomatoes simmered in olive oil
PRICE RANGE
$31 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our party of six absolutely loved our dining experience at Massimo's. Everything we ordered - appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts were top notch. My 80 year old Italian in-laws are very discerning about their Italian dishes. I can tell you they were thrilled with their...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank mommy0550
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure why I just really didn't like the menu that much even though there are plenty of options. We got the salmon and another sausage small plates. They were ok but a bit odd to eat. Then we ordered two pasta dishes. Black mushroom...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank J1329NEgaryh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fine dining, fine service and a jovial handshake from Massimo, himself. One of the best restaurants in Portsmouth. We like to eat here in the non summer season....small, quaint, dark and cozy. Massimos is in basement. Above Massimos is "Upstairs" (which is actually street level)....More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Linda L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our meal at Massimo's very much. Started with delicious octopus and proceeded to a lovely veal chop and swordfish (just slightly dry).The wine list was good and complimentary - easy to find a white rich enough for both our mains. Service warm and...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Ray T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for a birthday dinner mid week. The restaurant is very quaint and cozy. Just what you expect in Portsmouth. The wine was very good but I felt the food was just so-so. The presentation was great but the flavor was just not there....More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Ladycaptain63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best food in Portsmouth, NH. Massimo is the consummate professional who provided first class service to go along with his gourmet dishes

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Hawkfurnan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This unusual subterranean restaurant defies description but has plenty of atmosphere. Classic Italian dishes are served with flare and executed with finesse. Both Mains, the Ravioli and the signature Massimo Carbonara were pleasant. There is an venue upstairs which is less formal. Unfortunately both the...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank 686lyndam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love this place for all our special dinners. It never disappoints. We are originally from NJ. Italian food is offered on every corner and the Italian ingredients in every grocery.In NH good Italian is hard to find. This is the best.We have had everything...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Paula T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had not been to Massimo in a couple of years. Went back for a special birthday celebration to have a unique, outstanding dining experience. We were not disappointed! Massimo is a first class, top shelf, restaurant. Start with the introduction at the door; friendly...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank jimfleming8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Full disclosure, this is my favorite restaurant in Portsmouth, so when my husband chose to go to the upstairs bar at Massimo for his birthday dinner, I wasn't disappointed! Everything we had was incredible! We ordered the grilled octopus and chorizo appetizer, which was as...More

Date of visit: May 2019
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NHJenn
February 16, 2018|
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Response from coastie55 | Reviewed this property |
No, there are two sets of stairs, one short set to access the bar and a second long set to get to the restaurant that is below street level. I don’t recall seeing any handicap access features. I suggest you call to confirm.
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cheryl811
March 26, 2017|
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Response from T4349TOinfo | Reviewed this property |
Their entrees vary from $20-$35. range .If you are looking for the best deal that they offer,try the Bistro Night on Thursday. It is a 3 course deal for $29.95.You get an appetizer,main meal and dessert.
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Ellen S
October 3, 2016|
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Response from corianderchef2018 | Reviewed this property |
There's not a dress code, but I think you would want to look dressed up. The place is pretty elegant and I would hate to feel silly in anything less than nice jeans and a dress shirt.
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