My wife and I recently returned to a Portsmouth favorite of ours, Massimo. As of last year, they now have an upstairs that is small plates and great wines. Our experience at the new to us upstairs was great, starting with the bartender. Great personality and very caring and he really paid attention. We like occasionally sitting at the bar and dining, the atmosphere and service was really nice.
We thoroughly enjoyed splitting the Tuna Tartar, Beet Salad and Mushroom Ravioli. Splitting the small plates are perfect for a light appetizer before we each had an entree of pork chop osco bucco. The quality of food was excellent, the preparation was perfect and the presentation was what you would expect in a gourmet restaurant. The little things made this place outstanding. For example, the beet salad we ordered one to split. The bartender communicated this to the kitchen and they artfully presented it to us on two separate plates. There was no issue at all with doing that.
They also have a wine preservation system that allows you to have some excellent wines by the glass. Premium wines ranged from 16 to 32 a glass and they also have a large selection of very good, 'non premium' wines by the glass.
The downstairs is still my choice for an elegant, special dining experience. For a really nice night out, with great food and wine a little more casual, try the upstairs.
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