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Paciarino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paciarino.com
  • Phone: (207) 774-3500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tue-Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tue-Sat: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Enrico Barbiero
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please Call 207-774-3500
  • Special Events & Promotions: Paciarino is availably for private events. Please call for details - (207) 774-3500.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is generally available. There are also public lots near by.
A word from Paciarino
Welcome to Paciarino, an authentic Italian dining experience where fresh pastas and sauces are made daily. Paciarino was opened in December of 2008 by Fabiana De Savino and Enrico Barbiero. They decided to move their family from Milano to Maine to start a new chapter in their lives and to bring authentic Italian cuisine to the Old Port. Since their opening they have been written up in the Boston Globe, The Phoenix, Portland Magazine, and numerous online periodicals all raving about the Paciarino dining experience. Fabiana and Enrico would like to invite you to stop by 468 Fore Street in Portland so you can experience it for yourself. Come in to sit and eat in the restaurant or just take some to go! A Presto!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful pasta meal and wonderful service! Low key and relaxing - try it when you are in Portland."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Four of us ordered the special - pasta, fish, shrimp, scallops! As always, delicious. The process have gone up a little, but still reasonable for delicious, fresh food."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food at Paciarino is very good if you're okay with very, very slow service. Pasta is made fresh and the salame appetizer was excellent. Our waitress was very friendly, but extremely slow to take drink orders, bring bread, take food orders, etc. The other waitress that was working with her worked more quickly, so we may have had a much different experience with another waitress. The couple at the next table was seated after us, but had their entrees before we even got bread. It was frustrating that neither the other waitress nor the woman who seemed to be the owner bothered to refill water, bring bread, or help out in any other way despite walking by us with the water pitcher repeatedly."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Nothing real fancy, just fresh, quality ingredients paired up nicely with a good wine selection. The service was outstanding with a very professional waitstaff. I'm looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Be prepared to be surprised by this modest, pasta only restaurant. The dishes are extraordinary- simple and dazzling ingredients and all the pasta is made on site."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The menu may be small in comparison to other restaurants but the quality and portions were very good and never disappointing."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Whenever we have something special to celebrate or simply want to treat ourselves, we go to Paciarino! Most of the time we end up feasting on the daily specials. The food is simply outstanding, real Italian, and the service and ambience are magnificent. We recommend making reservations online before you go."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Love was in the air the night we were there. My boyfriend and I were there for our third anniversary and right behind us a couple got engaged! Behind them was another couple who was married that day. It says a lot that three couples in one night chose Paciarino for their special night. Food was fantastic and so was our server. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This small unassuming kitchen turns out some of the best specialty hand made pastas and sauces in the US. A renovated open Maine mercantile space serves well for flexible and funky dining table arrangements around an open and simple bar which is also the hostess station. An open kitchen entices with the sights and smells of a busy yet peaceful prep area. Any fresh pasta or sauce is frozen each night and available for retail. Outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Paciarino was recommended by a friend who considered it one of her favorites in Portland. My daughter and I would agree. Friendly, helpful service, good value and delicious food!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was terrific. Everything is homemade.Limited menu still good variety. Small but not really intimate.The food is the standout, good service .Will return again ."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Paciarino specializes in their own pasta dishes. It is a very comfortable casual place with great service and great food. The menu is limited and mostly pasta dishes, but the food is very good. So, you have to want pasta for your night out. We will return!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Wow. Fresh homemade pasta, savory sauce, authentic cheeses, and exquisite meats. My only gripe was that our waitress (who was super nice) was nonexistent, so water went unfilled, etc. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Beginning with the bread and excellent olive oil, everything was superb! The house made pasta is the best. Our server, Sarah was perfect---attentive, but never hovering. Paciarino is one of the most underrated restaurants in Portland!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Looks like a nice restaurant. We called and were running 15 minutes late. They said they would hold the table. The staff was unfriendly when we arrived. States no one had "made a note" of our reservation and they had given our table away. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "excellent pasta all freshly made. bread with olive oil is addicting. one of our favorite spots."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This is my second time here and I intend to make it a stop every time I visit Portland. The owners are from Italy so they know something about food. The prices are also very reasonable. I definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "So went went back for a second time in a week this trip....we never do that. We haven't had a bad meal in Portland we live in Atlanta and before that Chicago, two great food cities, yes Atlanta really is. Anyway, great food, friendly service. They did have a table of 13-14 I counted and clearly that was a challenge for them. There was a little chaos in serving that table and some delay between everyone getting their entree. But look at the restaurant, it's a small neighborhood trattoria. So don't go in a hurry and understand your surroundings I guess. We will be back next trip. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Tasty simple home made pasta and other Italian food at a good price and friendly service. Jennifer our server was fun and knowledgeable. Not a complex menu but I'm a fan of do just a few items very well. We will be back next time we are in Portland. We have paid a lot more for a lot less. I had the ravioli with bolognese, my wife had the spaghetti, spicy. Add a bottle of wine and perfetto!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had an 8pm reservation but were disappointed and increasingly frustrated when we were left waiting for 40 minutes for a table. The management was very apologetic and made up for it with 4 free glasses of wine and also asking a party of 2 to move to the bar so they could finally seat us. The menu, as expected, is very limited with a few homemade pastas and sauces. Our salads were quite fresh, good size and very satisfying. We all ordered ravioli which were very good and really were "homemade." I know because I make my own myself. The sauces, pomodoro & bolognese, were wonderful and we left very happy to have tried Paciarino. We will return to try other dishes but hope they will supplement their menu with more to keep us coming back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were looking for some great Italian food when we made the reservation and we were not disappointed. Food was great and we were given a very special table near the front. It was very busy but we were in no hurry and enjoyed our visit immensely. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We've been going since they opened. Always great staff and wonderful food"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Not long ago returning from a week-long business trip to Italy, I was skeptical about finding authentic Italian here in Maine that could begin to compare. Not only did it compare, the dining experience with the pasta and Bolognese I had at Paciarino EXCEEDED any similar experience I had in the home country. It is so AMAZING to have REAL HAND MADE pasta cooked al dente with delicious sauce. How something so simple can be so good. These folks KNOW Italian and do it right."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "this is a small restaurant. a group of about 20 20something came in moved tables around and took over the restaurant. Once assumes they had reservations but the restaurant was not set up for them. The noise couild have been mitigated by have their tables arranged ahead of time toward the rear of the restaurant, but instead they independently took over the entire place. The food as OK, presentation suffered I assume from the business of the group."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food at Paciarino was AMAZING! It was truly art on a plate. The service was great. It was the best meal I ate while I was in Portland. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The pasta and sauces are incredible! I've been a few times, and each time I want to lick my plate, it's so delicious. The space is not large, make a reservation! Wait staff is friendly and attentive!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The quality of food was excellent. However, the prices have definitely risen and I may stick to lunch in the future. I had the spinach ravioli Bolognese (my favorite dish there, but the nutmeg was less in evidence this time and I prefer it with more.) Even so, it was delicious as always. Be warned that the Spaghetti Aglio Olio E Peperoncino is HOT. The first few bites are heavenly, but after you've eaten about half, it becomes inedible except to those who really like a fire in their mouths. No one I know has been able to eat more than three quarters due to the level of heat. The meat ravioli special was divine. The crostini and simple salad starters were wonderful as always. If you have a hankering for pasta, Pacciarino can't be beat. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Love it each time we come and almost always buy from their freezer"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great little neighborhood Italian eatery, very good food with exceptional service. Our waitress Lauren made the experience even more special, her attentiveness and warm personality is something we have not had from waitstaff in a long time. Her recommendations on food were spot on from the Buffalo Mozzarella to the ravioli. I highly recommend this nice little corner eatery and if you are fortunate enough to have Lauren your experience will be memorable. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "An intimate little place serving excellent Northern Italian food, meticulously prepared and genuinely authentic. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Absolute perfection. Like a bistro you might find in Italy. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We are huge fans of Paciarino! We started going there since they opened and have never,ever been disappointed. We bring family and friends, we stop in whenever we are in town. The staff is wonderful and the food is beyond amazing! There is nothing like fresh pasta - and they use fresh ingredients in everything they make. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I enjoyed my first dining experience at Paciarino's. I received a warm greeting when I arrived and my table ready and waiting for me. The waitress was very friendly and professional. What I liked most was the laid back atmosphere. We enjoyed bread while waiting for our food and felt very relaxed the whole time. I had the Spaghetti aglio olio e Peperoncino and it was incredible. The spaghetti was lite, with just the right amount of olive oil and garlic with a slight kick of spice. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Though a little pricey, the food was all fresh and absolutely delicious!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Ate here while visiting portland. It was recommended by an executive chef of another local place, that says it all. The homemade pasta was great my group had the lasagna, tagliatini bolognese both were excellent. Tried many of the appetizers as well. This place will not disappoint."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Simple menu, must like marinara to eat here. Quiet, good for conversation."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I was visiting Portland with my wife for a long weekend . We received a strong recommendation to visit Pacairino by the Portlsnd Harbor Hotel staff. We were pleasant surprised to find an authentic Italian food. It's a gem in a city dominated by seafood"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is a great place to dine and the food is the best great pasta!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Paciarino is small with a rustic setting. The pasta, made fresh daily, is wonderful and tastes unlike any other pasta I've had. What doesn't sell is frozen and available for purchase. The sauces are as authentic and delicious. While the menu selection is limited, the quality and flavor leaves me planning a return visit each time I have been there. It appears to have a loyal following as it is sometimes hard to get in."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Homemade pasta, sauces made from scratch - what could be better! I'll tell you what, the fact that you can take home some of their products that are made fresh and stored in refrigerator on premises - that's what! Delicious, perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned, great wine that paired just right."
    Dined on 3/21/2014