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“A really nice place to eat, but pretty heavy on the salt ...”

Portofino Ristorante West
Ranked #41 of 188 Restaurants in Surprise
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Webster Groves, Missouri
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82 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A really nice place to eat, but pretty heavy on the salt ...”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

We really like this restaurant: it's a refreshing cut above most of the so-called "chains". The ambiance and attentive service are well above that of the competition. We like their menu, too: not huge, but thoughtful.

But a weakness -- and one that is common elsewhere is a kitchen very committed to using "ample salt", ostensibly to add flavor to a dish.. I couldn't eat my clam entree because the sauce was too salty; and I felt that the minestrone was too salty to be enjoyed. Many physicians and dietitians suspect that too much sodium is unhealthy: so why not let the diner decide at the table with a salt shaker?

In defense of the staff, our waiter was wonderful and did everything in his power to "make it right". And we will be back, but a little more cautious about what and how we order.

  • Visited February 2014
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Yum oh!”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

This little gem is located in a strip mall. Recommended by the front desk at our hotel. It is not impressive from the outside, but the food is awesome! The service was wonderful and the waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu. Would go back again!

  • Visited January 2014
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2 Thank Cheryl L
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State College, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

At here tonight with 3 other people. I had osso bucco which was quite good. Veal special was good as was the Talapia stuffed with shrimp. Great salad with meals.
Plan on returning. Nice ambiance and background music was perfect.

Visited January 2014
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Thank bevhenshaw
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Willington
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Try the saltimbocca”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

We went to the Portofino on the advice of a friend. Although the place looks very small from the outside, once you go in it goes way back. There are two rooms plus the small bar area. There was a gentleman singing just as you go in but you can barely hear him in the back room. So if you go for the music request a table in the front. We had the veal parmesian and our friend had the veal saltimbocca. The veal was nice and thin and crispy under a layer of nice marinara sauce. The marinara was not overly spiced but tasted like it was freshly made. Pasta was cooked perfectly. The saltimbocca that my friend ordered was to die for. So tasty, I think I might order that next time. Although we did not have desert, the ones we saw being served looked delicious. The prices are around the $16 to $18 range and I thought quite fair for the portions and quality. The waitress was very attentive and friendly and we did not feel rushed in any way. I will go there again.

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank FJtravelingpenguine
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Portland, Oregon
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738 reviews
385 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
“Great service, good specials”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

Three of us ate from the early bird menu. I cannot imagine paying full price for this food but, discounted, the pricing was reasonable. Service was excellent and portions were very large. The marinara was quite bland, unlike the overly-garliced toast that accompanied our meal. Salads were nicely done with a very tasty Italian dressing.

  • Visited December 2013
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