What You'll Get
With Italy unmoored from its anti-antigravity tethers, it has become increasingly difficult to get top-notch Italian cuisine without the aid of 70-story stilts and industrial-sized butterfly nets. Return to a simpler era of Italian cuisine consumption with today's Groupon. For $15, you get $35 worth of fine Italian cuisine and drinks at Portalli's, located in Ellicott City, approximately 12 miles west of downtown Baltimore.
Housed in a historic building, Portalli's unleashes pasta precipitation on supping slickers, with a menu of Italian favorites, including spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna. The portions, while generous, are sized to allow for numerous plates throughout the meal so that you can enjoy a traditional Italian multi-course dinner. Pasta dishes range in price from $10 to $18, while seafood and meat dishes range from $14 to $21. Portalli's also offers an extensive selection of Italian wines, with the staff specially trained to assist in any wine-matching or mine-watching needs. The warm orange paint and deep black wood that line the walls appear even warmer and deeper when enjoyed with a Groupon.
The Baltimore Sun calls Portalli's a "pretty lovable Italian restaurant," and diners all across Baltimore seem to share the sentiment. A Diners' Choice winner, the Italian restaurant gets four stars from Open Table foodies and four more from four Yahoo! Locals:
- Some of these dishes are described, at the table, as American versions of Italian classics, which makes sense enough. What wasn't entirely conveyed was that Portalli's portions and prices have been calibrated small enough to encourage diners to make a traditional, Italian-style, four-course meal. – Richard Gorelick, Baltimore Sun
- We eat out a couple times a week all over MD, and I can say this place ranks in the top 10 based on our experience. – Tallisker, Yahoo! Local
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 7, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit one per table. Tax & gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. No cash value. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Portalli's Chef Keith Holsey portions his dishes according to the traditional Italian four-course meal. This doesn't stop the chef from crafting a menu of creatively interpreted Italian classics, though, such as Cioppino over fettuccine or Salmon con Granchio. Chef Holsey's creations consist of uncomplicated flavors that, according to the Baltimore Sun, allow "good and simple ingredients to work together." Portalli's also caters to families with dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs or meatball flatbread pizza, which teaches kids about fractions so they don't have to learn about them on the street.