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Portofino is a modern wood-fired grill with a menu to match. We believe our food is the catalyst for creating meaningful and lasting relationships with our guests.
Rustic, seasonal and regional Italian fare stars at this Buckhead restaurant. The comfortable setting is enhanced by a respectable noise level, flattering but not too dim lighting and well-spaced tables. Local artist Steve Penley, known for his Neo-Impressionist portraits of famous people, has two large paintings in Portofino. In one, the kindly visage of Georgia naive artist Howard Finster graces the dining room, while Penley's portrait of Ernest Hemingway in his later years fixes an austere gaze over bar patrons. Chef Andre Brookins’ menu keeps faith with classic preparations, taking little license with authenticity. "Made in house" is the kitchen’s mantra. The traditional meal starter is soup. In summer, it might be basil corn bisque or a vegetable minestrone, while white bean may visit in winter. Moving into autumn, the butternut squash version is a hit, especially with a glass of Gavi. Pasta is a good entrée, especially the lamb bolognese on rigatoni. Half portions for $5 less than the stated price are plenty for a small main dish for late-night dining. Otherwise, selections include fish and also a tender veal scaloppine on Parmesan polenta. Desserts range from panna cotta accented with fruit to gelati and sorbetti; the pine nut honey tart is a standout. The wine list gathers notable Italian labels, but additional wine-producing regions are represented as well and a number are offered by the glass.
This place was just okay. Service was great , wine choices were great but food was just average. We had a Caesar salad and the duck tortellini for starters. The Caesar salad was very fishy tasting and the romaine was somewhat wilted and not cold. A good Caesar salad should be cold and crisp. My husband loved his salmon but my pasta dish was a little bland. They did serve me a complimentary desert as it was my birthday and that was nice. Again, the service and friendliness of...read full review
So you know we have a couple weekends in spring and fall where the weather is just perfect. I’m talking not a cloud in the sky, low pollen counts and low humidity. These are the days that you want to spend an afternoon on a patio, and luckily I picked such a Sunday to visit Portofino in Buckhead and sample their brunch menu.
Portofino is located on a quiet side street in the heart of Buckhead, a short stroll from the St. Regis, and has been a neighborhood favorite for over 20 years. The converted house features vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and bright, energetic artwork. The beautiful stone and brick patio offers the most enjoyable outdoor seating in town. The cuisine at Portofino is inspired by the many culinary regions of Italy. The menu and wine list constantly change with the seasons.