Solo Italiano

4.6
900 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
We offer lunch (weekdays) and dinner (seven days/week).

Our restaurant features Paolo Laboa, international chef from Genova, Italy. His menu consists of simple, flavorful and authentic Northern Italian cuisine. This includes handmade pasta and an all-Italian wine list. Ingredients are sourced locally, from various Maine farms and from the Gulf of Maine, whenever possible.

We also offer an Italian happy hour (or aperitivo hour), featuring $1 meatballs, $8 Spumante, $7 Aperitivo Cocktail and $6 Maine Draft Beer Monday through Friday from 4-6pm in the bar area.
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JA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably our favorite restaurant in Portland during our long weekend stay. Perfect place for families. The service was excellent and very attentive. Our daughter wanted extra tomato salads and they were very nice to accommodate her. The wine was delicious and everything we ate was very good and fresh. Highly recommended to anyone staying in Portland. We loved it.

CN
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey for what you get however the place is quite cute and taste are good.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and outstanding service.

MK
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Hostess was incredibly rude to us and our children. This is not a family friendly restaurant. We came there for a special occasion to celebrate their grandmothers birthday and we were treated like we were an irritation. Food was very small portions and overpriced.
So many better restaurants in Portland with better quality and much more welcoming atmosphere

LS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and fabulous dining experience.

DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to in Portland for Italian.
Incredible food(farm to table, pasta made in house)with a menu that changes daily.
The food, ambience and staff make this place a standout.
You must try the pesto, steak and desserts.
Did I mention the staff is incredible!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant ever. We came back a second time on our 2 day trip it was so good. Pesto pasta is amazing.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it - brilliant Italian food by a wonderful chef!

MA
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious and beautifully prepared dinner. This is not a red sauce and spaghetti restaurant. The choices offered are authentically Italian but less common. We loved the focaccia di Recco. This has a soft cheese between two very thin layers of dough baked in a wood oven till brown and bubbly. The delicate cheese is melted and wonderful. Our server listened, explained and made excellent suggestions. Save room for dessert.

SJ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I've eaten several times at Solo....historically one of my favorites in Portland. Unfortunately, during the summer with the crush of tourists, the quality of the food seems to slip. Usually the flavors and ingredients and preparation are outstanding, and on par with the inventive, creative menu. This summer....not so much.

I'll still go back though. Still a favorite, but might wait until October.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Solo Italiano was recommended to me by a friend and I have rapidly passed on that recommendation. The beet salad was was about the most vibrant and memorable I have encountered-- I often order beet salads and this one was a a standout. The pesto with handkerchief pasta was entirely its own version of a pasta dish, and one I could return to happily time after time. Last but not least, the antipasto gonfietti topped with buffalo burrata was packed with textures and flavors that you wanted to go forever-- which they almost did as the dish was certainly ample for two. Can't wait to go back...

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having lived in L.A., we’ve experienced many great restaurants, however, Solo, is among one of the top three best meals. We cannot recommend highly enough. All Italian eclectic wine list. Fresh seasonal ingredients that were deliciously executed. Beautiful environment combined with knowledgeable & friendly staff makes this place a top tier restaurant.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique small plates beautifully presented. Delicious but small portions. For four adults we ordered 7 plates including a cold salad, warm octopus salad, and a raw tuna dish. All were fantastic. For the main course the scallops were not only delicious but a large portion. The seafood linguine was also a nice portion and excellent tasting. Pesto pasta and Italian ravioli with truffles were also amazing but not as much value for the money. Service was excellent. I’d recommend to a friend.

A
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend Solo Italiano. Both the chef and the waitstaff took pride in restaurant. The food was excellent!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is in a great location and we had high expectations given all the reviews. Our experience was just OK overall. The service was very good, but the food was not in line with the prices on the menu.

H
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server (I believe her name was Debbie) was awesome! Since we are out-of-towners, she recommended great places to go out and drink after our meals. And speaking of our meals, they were fantastic! 10/10 would be back if we come back into town.

EL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best dining experience e had in Portland ME. Food was incredible. We actually changed other dining commitments to eat at Solo for a second time on our vacation. Great both times.

Thanks Solo for a wonderful dining experience.

S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great; had salmon appetizer and the pasta with seafood for a main. Unfortunately I missed the raviolo with the egg yolk inside; I read the menu too fast, so will have to come back

AM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were delighted to be able to dine a Solo Italiano. It's striking that in a newly well reviewed town for food the service can be poor and sometimes downright awful. Solo Italiano staff are solicitous, warm, and knowledgeable and selling excellent farm to fork product. A big shout out to the young men at the bar who served us and most especially to Chad who was directly responsible for us. Thank you!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Solo the food is reliably delicious service is efficient and friendly. We always have. Great experience

SW
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and exceptional service!! The portions are very small for the price which, for me, makes this just a special occasion restaurant and not a regular dining destination.

T
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

One of the most original and best ITALIAN restaurants we’ve experienced.

OT
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town on vacation and wanted a special meal before heading home tomorrow. We could not have found a more amazing place! The food was unreal, service fantastic, and wine recommendations were perfect!

VM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended it to several people since we dined there a few days ago. The meal was amazing! We will be back again soon!

C
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at the bar which had better lighting than the table we were offered. Food was fabulous, fresh, inventive, and beautifully prepared. Cocktails were excellent too. A very memorable experience. The bar tender was super nice, helpful, and calm. We loved it all.

RB
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Same with service. Great experience.

DB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A few excellent dishes but some disappointments: the focaccia served with prosciutto was undercooked in my opinion (I am not sure that was intentional but, since it was described as "fritta", I expected a crispy focaccia; the gnocchi were excellent but why serve them with a quite watery pesto sauce? the tonno tonnato came with too many flavors and ultimately none (the tonnato part almost irrelevant compared to the amount of tonno); the dessert (semifreddo) outstanding. Finally: why serve olive oil with bread but no salt or pepper to go with them? It is still a great restaurant with a really authentic menu, so I hope these minor criticisms will be received as constructive.

CC
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Underwhelming especially since it’s very pricey. My friend’s duck was rare she asked for med. sent back twice. Veal belly stuffed w sweetbreads $40! Was dry. My swordfish more like turkey and gravy.My husband enjoyed his scallops. The heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella were quite good but a very small portion for price imo.
Service friendly and prompt.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night! We arrived for our reservation and were seated immediately. Our server was one of the best I’ve ever had (this is coming from someone who’s been in the industry for 15 years). She was so welcoming and knowledgeable; she suggested some wines and brought samples. The food was out of this world; so simple and perfectly executed. Our main course was brought out by the owner himself; the Mandilli and pesto was insanely good. I never take the time to write reviews but SOLO Italiano certainly deserves some praise; we can’t wait to go back!

SO
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Portland and love Solo Italiano - the food is always amazing, great staff, always enjoyable

RB
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent and attentive service. The food was superb as well.

LH
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is the real deal! Our waitress Sara was amazing and the food met all of our expectations! We went there as a result of a food tour we went on earlier in the week. We started off with the burrata. it tasted so fresh! My husband then got their home made sheet pasta with pesto and i got a gnocchi infused with sea bass and scallop in their pesto sauce. For dessert my husband had the tiramisu with a cappuccino and i had the biscotti plate with an espresso. from beginning to end we could not say enough about the service and quality of food. We got two containers of pesto to go so we could bring some back with us to PA. Highly recommend!

E
New York Area
251 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress, Debbie, was friendly yet professional. The wine pours are a good portion, and the drinks are made well. The bread could use some work. I love their pasta, but it is expensive for the size. The rabbit was delicious and worth the money. Coffee could have been hotter, but the assortment of cookies were on target. I would eat there more often, but hubby left hungry after spending $188 for the two of us.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. We didn't have the best table. We were near a table of 12 guys and they were very load. I wish they could have moved us

J
New England
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They accommodated 12 guys coming from a golf outing. Handled our friskiness very well. A fantastic evening was had by all.

B
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was lovely and surprising that our server gave us a complimentary drink when she learned it was a big wedding anniversary. The food was wonderful and we will treasure the memory of this special evening.

LF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

By far the some of the best food in Portland!! The pasta is amazing and the award winning pest sauce is absolutely the best I've ever had!

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The food was truly amazing, the service was excellent. Two of us are wheat intolerant but were able to eat the bread and the pasta without issue. It was an expensive evening so as much as I would love to return, it will be saved for the next special occasion or, order apps and pasta only. Nice place.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Served incorrect dishes. Very noisy room. Food OK, but not worth the price tag in competitive Portland market.

MH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Atmosphere and service were first rate.

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