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.
The food was fabulous, the service a little slow, but overall it was a lovely dining experience. We did have to wait even though we had a reservation, which was fine, but the hostess was visibly stressed and seemed upset when we needed to shift tables a bit.
Other than that it was a fantastic meal
Best dining experience we’ve ever had. Our server, Kim, was a rockstar. Every suggestion for food and wine on point. Can’t wait to make a trip back. Cheers!
Always happy with the overall experience. The hardest part is making yourself try something new as the flagship dishes are so good!
Fantastic food, stellar service, extensive variety, amazing ambient.
Intimidating menu for the average diner, but everything is amazing. Pesto was, well, award winning.
The food was exceptional. Jonathan, our server, was fun and professional. We had a wonderful dinner for two and the tiramisu was the best I have ever had!
Went here on Valentine’s Day, we arrived pretty late night, but everything we wanted (which was a lot) was still available. Our server was so helpful, attentive and cordial. She helped us find a gin similar to the one we like to drink, had our drinks made and said she’d comp them if we weren’t satisfied with them (but we loved them! Great, strong, tasty drinks!)
The food was unreal. We had a starter from the raw bar, each had a pasta dish and then split a huge ribeye and two desserts. Everything was amazing. We were one of two tables left at the end of the night, and in no way did we feel rushed to leave. It was a welcoming experience and we will definitely be back soon!
Had a lovely Valentine's Day dinner. The drinks were excellent, the food superb. We shared a green salad, the signature Mandilli (even better than advertised), scallops and bugie for desert. Every thing was well prepared and tasteful. Our waitperson, Tessa, was great and even thought to ask if we needed a break between courses! The bread server was unobtrusive, but spot on with the bread and water. Prices are a bit higher than what we are accustomed to paying, but in this case you definitely get what you pay for. noise level was Portland medium(european loud) and there was a three piece band playing. Will return in near future on basis of wonderful food and service..
Terrific service and great food to go with it. The snapper was outstanding.
Valentine’s Day dinner. Great meal and service. Waitress was very knowledgeable and wonderful.
Everything was so superb that the incredibly loud guy at the table behind us didn’t hinder it at all.
I really look forward to dining here, but I need to be there early - before the crowds arrive and the noise level goes up. I love the variety of choices and the freshness of everything served. I've recommended it to friends and look forward to another dining experience.
Another outstanding meal at Solo. We shared some excellent appetizers and a couple of chef Paolo's incredible pasta dishes. We happily waited for the second round of ravioli of the evening while enjoying Jessie's great wine recommendation. It was worth the wait!
For desert Paolo had made a delicious crostata with Calabrian bitter oranges. The contrast of sweet and bitter was so beautifully balanced, one of a kind treat.
Every time I go to Solo I walk away impressed by the creativity of the chef and the warm excellent service.
Our favorite restaurant in Portland. When we get in town Solo is always our 1st restaurant we want to eat at in this incredible foodie city. By far the best food and cocktails and wine anywhere.
This is probably my fifth or sixth time at Solo italiano. Another Phenomenal meal as Always! This restaurant is in my top three in Portland, hands down! I love this place so much!
Fantastic food....amazing staff...great setting! Exceptional Italian food!
Loved the luscious buckwheat pasta and goat shoulder course!
The food was excellent, the serving staff was amazing and would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for good authentic Italian food.
Our waitress Tess and her support staff were amazing! The food was out of this world. We had a party of 8 and everyone of us agreed the evening was the best experience we've had in a long time. Well done to everyone from the hostess, to the waitstaff. To the phenomenal chefs. Well done!
One of our faves in Portland. Food is high quality, great selection, great service. Will definitely return.
Jonathan was great and the tuna appetizer to die for. So was the ravioni..
We have dined at Solo several times, and each time we were pleased. Love how you can still get your favorites (mussels from Bangs Island—outstanding, and their signature pesto—to die for) while the menu changes. Our waitress, Kimberly, was wonderful. Can’t wait to go back for our 5th time. We like to go early because the noise level as the restaurant fills up makes it difficult to hear those at our table.
Food was delicious and our server was VERY knowledgable and helpful, without being pushy. Pricey, but worth it. Definitely coming back!
Standard Italian fare at very high prices. In the heart of the waterfront tourist district, the location is good and the venue well designed. A place to see and be seen, apparently, with a serious and loud bar scene.
This is simply one of Portland's best. Four of us tasted dishes across the menu, and agreed after the fact that every single one of them was outstanding, from tuna crudo and octopus through non-pasta seafood "gnocchetti" and outstanding stuffed veal, to superb desserts. As always, service is very attentive without being cloying, wines are reasonably priced...everything one wants for a special dinner with friends.
Splendid cuisine using Maine ingredients in an authentically Italian manner, creative dishes tied closely to the chef's home turf in northwest Italy. I loved the cima di vitello, stuffed breast of veal, served on a delicate bed of potato puree with some fresh winter-raised spinach alongside. Simple, traditional, beautifully prepared and served. I think this may be one of the best restaurants in Portland's burgeoning restaurant scene. This is a place for grown-ups who love the distinction of Italy's great food, it is not a place for hipsters looking for a selfie scene.
Wow! What can I say? Our experience dining at Solo Italiano this week was fantastic. Every part of our meal left us speechless. We ordered multiple entrees and shared them family style. Starting with the Tuna Tartar appetizer along with Linguini and Clams in a white wine sauce and cherry tomatoes, a homemade Tagliatelle Pasta as light as a feather with Bolognese. The grand finale was a Boneless Veal Breast stuffed with Veal and Sweet Breads. ( I have never seen this dish anywhere!)
I have eaten everywhere and will say that this meal was as good as any I have ever had. The food here is prepared with a commitment and passion to deliver an extraordinary dining experience.
Hats off to Chef Paolo and is exceptional staff.
Went for a special occasion anniversary and left feeling we had the best meal we’ve ever had in Portland...outstanding!
Arriving at 5 p.m. we avoided too much noise, so conversation during dinner and with our waiter was comfortable. The food was delicious and the service was efficient. Our waiter was very helpful in assisting with choices.
Exceptional dinner. We shared 5 courses that are all outstanding. Scallop crudo was so fresh. The Gonfietti is a must have. Ribeye was delicious. Kimberly was a phenomenal server who added so much to the experience.
Thank you Dinner
We had a lovely lunch celebrating two birthdays. The food was delicious and the server was the best! She was attentive without being annoying and aided us when one guest was late arriving although we ordered for her. Server really added to the delight of the experience.
Great staff food best Italian food in Portland
Amazing northern Italian food! The best focaccia and pesto that I've ever had. Even more excited about our upcoming trip to northern Italy if this is the likes of the food we have in store. Bravo.
Everything about the experience at solo was fantastic! Service was outstanding and the food was incredible. Looking forward to returning here ASAP!
Amazing food, wonderful atmosphere, and great service
Excellent meal at Solo Italiano! Paolo's pasta is the best. Every dish was exceptional, great quality ingredients and beautiful presentation. The service is very good, making you feel very well taken care. Highly recommended.
While on the upper end of the pricey continuum in a city full of pricey restaurants without actual value, the consistent quality of the food and excellent service made Solo Italiano a great choice. We'll be back.
Food was amazing! They gave me a wonderful birthday celebration with the most amazing food and desserts! I will be back!
Went to dinner after work with my mom. We had a great time and our waitress was really great and helpful! Definitely will be back.