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“Best Italian restaurant in Greenville”

Portofino's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #90 of 930 Restaurants in Greenville
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Excellent food, better than olive garden or capri's. Very casual atmosphere, nice décor, and family owned and operated. The owners are very nice and treats everyone with respect and friendliness. It also has a large bar and it is always jam packed. The people who come here do not mind waiting in line as the food and service is very good.

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4  Thank Gotofly2
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

A group of 10 from our church conference had to wait about 30 minutes in a chilly anteroom, but the food was worth the wait. If you are looking for something a cut above the Olive Garden in Italian fare, this is a good place to try. Very busy on weekends but our servers did not rush us out the door.

4  Thank BeachcomberT
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

This restaurant is just average. I agree with one of the other reviewer, I am not sure why this gets such good reviews. It is always packed at peak times. I can't figure out if people really like it or if it is just a tradition for them. I know most of the people waiting in line know the owner and the hostess. The hostess and wait staff do not have a clue what they are doing. The wait for everything is very long. The rolls are good, but any bread soaked in butter would be. If you are from a big city and love good traditional Italian, this is not it.

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6  Thank Vickie W
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Casual atmosphere, family owned and operated - Don will great you when you arrive. Excellent lasagna, salads, and other specialties. The new location features a large bar area for waiting on your table if they're busy. Worth the wait!

2  Thank rcurtis635
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We stayed at the Hilton across the street and came because of the reviews. I knew I was in trouble when we sat down and my warm plate was dirty and the table was sticky.

It's like a low end version of Olive Garden. The salad was soaking wet, with beets in it, and the rolls were sitting in about 2 inches of a greasy fake butter and chunks of garlic.

I had the chicken marsala - the breading was soggy and it tasted off. Husband ordered an order what you want pasta, angel hair, meatballs and mushrooms. He said it was inedible. My daughter had the ravioli which she said was okay but not much flavor and way too much cheese.

The desserts are obviously made off site.

If you like real, decent italian, do not go here thinking you are going to a good, fresh restaurant.

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7  Thank amyinmd
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