My wife and I are Portland Maine locals and decided to spend a day as tourists starting with whale watching followed by dinner at a new (for us) restaurant. I hadn't been to Cinque Terre for a number of years and finally found the new entrance. I expected to find a nice quiet white tablecloth restaurant. We did only after walking through a recent addition that was more casual and bar like with oldies music piped in and a very casual atmosphere. We were told that the old restaurant had been physically merged with the new section but the menu was the same. I'll admit oldies on the sound system was a bit jarring when seated in the older section of the restaurant. Service was exceptional. Our server recommended great wine choices and was very attentive to our needs. The food ranged from fair to good and just a hair short of excellent. My braciole tasted ok but was tough and the cheese inside was unmelted. My wife had the ravioli special and was pleased with her choice. All in all not a bad dinner but we the next time we play tourist in our home town we will try another restaurant. There are too many in town to settle for less than terrific.
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