According to most restaurant critics, the perfect Italian meal is served on a plate, which rests on a table with legs. Try some authentic Italian cuisine the way it was meant to be served with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine at Portofino Restaurant.
A menu of traditional northern and central Italian recipes merges with homemade pastas and chef-selected seafood at Portofino Restaurant. Open epicurean experiences with a grilled portabella mushroom plate, laid atop a bed of verdant arugula and creamy aged ricotta cheese and showered in a sherry vinaigrette ($7 for lunch, $9 for dinner). Seafood specials vary daily depending on what’s available, with such oceanic indulgences as salmon, striped bass, swordfish, and more. Asparagus, fresh tomato, and smoked salmon drape themselves in a lemon-pepper garlic sauce and tender ribbons of fettuccine in the fettuccine portofino ($9.50 for lunch, $18 for dinner), while veal gamberetti fills bellies with juicy shrimp and sautéed veal medallions in a brandy-cream sauce peppered with sun-dried tomatoes and chives ($14 for lunch, $25 for dinner).
Situated within walking distance of Philadelphia’s theater district, the restaurant coolly complements the afterglow of a show, play, or concert. Diners can also emerge from the indoor establishment onto the outdoor patio to savor dishes in the sunlight, moonlight, or eerie glow of a partial solar eclipse.
Center City East
1227 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107