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“SUPERIOR FOOD, SERVICE, AND WINE SELECTIONS / ALTOGETHER GLORIOUS !!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Porto

Il Porto
Ranked #14 of 398 Restaurants in Frederick
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: This is a wonderful Italian restaurant. Mr. Cruz and his staff do a splendid job with food and service. I highly recommend it.
Montgomery Village, Maryland
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340 reviews
289 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“SUPERIOR FOOD, SERVICE, AND WINE SELECTIONS / ALTOGETHER GLORIOUS !!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Yes, the ambience is great with a clean sparkling atmosphere. Our server Carlos was a magician, appearing exactly when an items was needed; even before we were to ask for it. Water and drinks were always filled, and finished plates whisked away to clear space on the table. Their breads, baked there, are better than any of the other restaurants in Frederick. Yes, they will sell you a new wonderful loaf to take home, and we did. For appetizers, start with the sweet (not hot) red peppers floating in a subtle vinaigrette sauce, with either a topping of anchovies or a topping of your choosing - like minced green olives and minced onions. If you choose the roast chicken entree, you get a generous 1/2 chicken perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. Sausage with sweet green peppers and spaghetti is a first class treat. Spaghetti Carbonnari is a good selection for kids, but for adults too. So you don't like booze, well they have really great ice tea and your glass is never empty, Wine by the glass features Fossi Chianti at $7.50 a true value. There are a multitude of nifty white and red wines by the bottle available for your approval. A bottle of Gabbianno Chianti is always a class act. Desert; try the crème caramel, or spumoni ice cream, or frozen (very hard) Tartufo, covered with a rich dark chocolate. The host, call him "Cuppa" is always nearby to make sure everything goes to your liking - just top quality restaurant management, On street parking can be a minor problem, so when you telephone for a reservation ask about recommendations for parking; and ask about the specials for that evening - forever tasty and super fresh. Finish with a regular American coffee or a double espresso, or a Cappuccino and specify if you want them exceptionally hot - they will do. Nice clean restrooms, and the place is quite, but carefully lighted so you can actually see what you are eating.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Findlay, Ohio
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54 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Wonderful atmosphere, delicious food, amazing staff made us very comfortable and served us quickly and well. Our drinks were refilled when they reached half empty. Everyone was friendly. The food was incredible. My ten year old can be very picky at restaurants but he ate every last bite of his spaghetti with marinara sauce.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Tracy S
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Dexter, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Supper Satisfaction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

I arrived 20 minutes before close and was greeted, welcomed, and seated by a window immediately. The service was attentive and friendly. I enjoyed a salmon filet with lemon butter sauce, with fresh vegetables which was hot, cooked to perfection and delicious. My server recommended a wine which was also delicious. Overall, a very nice experience. Not cheap, but worth it. I do recommend this restaurant!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mary G
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Woodbine, Maryland
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140 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Wasn't impressed.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

I ordered Chicken Marsala, it was horrible. Three small, thin, dry pieces of chicken, swimming on a plate of runny brown gravy. One bite was not edible, some sort of tendon so I had to remove it from my mouth in front of my friends, wasn't happy about it. My husbands lasagne was good. Overall it is very expensive for the portion and quality of the food.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 44AML
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“One of our favorites”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The food here is plentiful and really good. The wait staff are friendly and helpful. The only criticism is that you don't want to order any seafood dish on a Monday evening--not sure when the fresh batch comes in, but it's definitely in not Monday. Nonetheless, this is one of our favorites in Frederick.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank agweeks
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