Paciarino
Paciarino

Paciarino

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paciarino.com/
  • Phone: 2077743500
  • 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: 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!
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Paciarino reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (57)neighborhood gem (51)notable wine list (30)romantic (22)special occasion (21)kid-friendly (10)good for groups (6)hot spot (6)great for lunch (6)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Food was excellent, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2010
    Food was excellent, service excellent. Ihad the same appetizer that I had afew days earlier but it was much smaller.Noisy children nearby took some of the enjoyment out of the dining experience.We intend to go to Paciarino often as we enjoyed both of our visits there.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Some of the best Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2010
    Some of the best Italian food I've ever had! Delicious.
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  • You absolutely feel like you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2010
    You absolutely feel like you are dining in a family restaurant in MIlan. The pasta and sauces are extraordinary in both taste and authenticity. Dinner at Paciarino will make any trip to Portland worthwhile.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • This place is all about the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/19/2010
    This place is all about the pasta. If you can get over the fact that there all entrees are pasta dishes (which I easily did), then you will love this place. Cheese plate was awesome, salad was perfectly dressed, pasta and sauce was so fresh and simple yet still had layers of flavor. Fantastic lasagna.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2010
    The food was delicious and they were huge portions!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I found this wonderful restaurant
    John
    Dined on 8/14/2010
    I found this wonderful restaurant on an internet search of Portland restaurants. What a terrific find it was. The scratch made ravioli were perfectly stuffed with gloriously fresh ingredients which my entire family enjoyed. Was especially impressed by the Porcini stuffed and Pesto stuffed ravioli in butter sauce. The wine list is not very long long, but what they have went very well with our respective dishes. Many of the wines on the list can be had by the glass. I would highly recommend Paciarino to any of my friends and acquaintances. What a marvelous experience in a heavily seafood city!!!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Definitely authentic Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/7/2010
    Definitely authentic Italian cooking and fresh homemade pasta! Delightful surroundings and excellent service. The Porcini mushroom raviolis with walnut butter sauce were delicious and not a drop was left our plates.
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    notable wine list
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  • Walked by this relatively
    FunandfoodPhil
    Dined on 8/5/2010
    Walked by this relatively new restaurant and saw they featured "pasta made on the premises". We were not disappointed. The food, service and price made this an excellent choice. We will visit again when we return to Portland.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The lightest pasta and freshest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/4/2010
    The lightest pasta and freshest sauce I have ever tasted. Definitely worth a visit, husband and wife owners extremely friendly and courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Best pasta we have had anywhwere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2010
    Best pasta we have had anywhwere outside Italy! Friendly, helpful, efficient service. Fair prices. Excellent, non-wallet-breaking wine list. A reason to visit Portland.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • The food was great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2010
    The food was great and the service even better. Can't say enough good things about the owners and the waitstaff!
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  • Paciarino has mastered simple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2010
    Paciarino has mastered simple italian cuisine!! Their sauces are exquisite, especially the bolognese. A must in Portland.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I don't know why everyone
    woody
    Dined on 7/31/2010
    I don't know why everyone is raving about this place. Probably because they feel like they're supposed to. It should be called The Ravioli Room. Very limited menu, tiny portions of appetizers, not very generous entrees. My friend had one ravioli, I had another and we couldn't tell the flavors apart, even though they had different fillings. This place is way too pricey to be this mediocre. 14 and 16 bucks for so-so pasta? Go get fresh pasta at any grocer's and add your favorite sauce, it'll be as good or better. If you want to spend money out, pick any of Portland's numerous restaurants where they make it better than you can at home.
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  • REAL FOOD, NOT FOOD PRODUCTS.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2010
    REAL FOOD, NOT FOOD PRODUCTS. THE EXPRESSION ON MY BROTHER'S FACE AS HE TOOK HIS FIRST BITE WAS ONE OF PURE JOY. THIS IS THE BEST ITALIAN FOOD I HAVE EATEN OUTSIDE OF ITALY. KUDOS ALL AROUND.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable food - great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2010
    Memorable food - great service - and a very reasonable price tag. What more could you want? We were very pleased with the delicate, delicious pasta. My wife got a spinach ravioli that was delicious that evening and good the next day too. I got their unbelievable and unexpected lasagna - light, flavorful, really delicious. I ate the entire thing! For dessert we got little almond cookies soaked in coffee, filled with sweetened mascarpone cheese - fantastic with a rich cup of coffee. With one appetizer, 2 glasses of wine, 2 entrees, and one dessert, our bill was around $55. I've spent a lot more on food that wasn't nearly as good. We'll be back and take guests as well.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • The food was very good, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2010
    The food was very good, but also very expensive. There are better restaurants in Portland at that price point.
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  • Excellent AND authentic pasta
    BusinessluncherVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2010
    Excellent AND authentic pasta and sauces, Milan-style...molto bene! Our kids loved it too, and cleaned their giant plates of tagli with bolognese.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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  • Wonderful housemade pastas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/28/2010
    Wonderful housemade pastas & sauces. Excellent service. Delightful, unassuming spot.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • Superb place .... The best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/24/2010
    Superb place .... The best pasta I have tasted in years!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pasta-based small local Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2010
    Pasta-based small local Italian restaurant. Good prices, good wines by the glass, excellent and friendly service
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paciarino is one of the few
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/21/2010
    Paciarino is one of the few places anywhere outside of Italy that you can get a real Italian meal. Everything was fresh and delicious. We had 4 main courses and all were spectacular and the appetizers were too. The service is friendly and efficient and the atmosphere is casual and comfortable. They even gave us an umbrella to borrow so we could get to our car in a downpour.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • First, the ravioli was excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/17/2010
    First, the ravioli was excellent! Our table had several versions of it (seafood, cheese, mushroom) and all were delicious. Pasta was thin and fresh, all "stuffing" was superbly blended and almost melted in our mouths. We were disappointed in the apparent "attitude" of the owners, however. The menu and signs scream "don't even try to deviate from what is written here." A minor request to have the bolognese sauce on maccheroni (which is pictured in the restaurant's own publication) was not available that day, even though both ingredients were included in other dishes. The waitress's explanation: tastes are selected by the chef -- makes no sense if it is offered exactly that way at other times! There were other "don'ts" througout as well
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  • It's the food stupid--and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/16/2010
    It's the food stupid--and the food was great. Predominantly a pasta restaurant Paciarino is delightful, my meal and all the other things were wonderful. I will go back in the hope it does not change. Get a reservation, you'll likely need it.
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  • Food is simple but amazing,
    Portlander
    Dined on 7/2/2010
    Food is simple but amazing, fresh, vibrant, and lot so flavor. It is what you would expect real Italian to taste like. We had the lobster appetizer special. Being from Maine, we were very impressed that you could make lobster taste so good in a unique preparation
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • It was the perfect place to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/1/2010
    It was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. Wait staff was was attentive, enthusiastic and prompt. And the food did not disappoint. Loved the fresh bread and the lasagna. Reasonably priced and not American Italian, this is the real thing!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Superb Italian food in an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2010
    Superb Italian food in an intimate setting. A genuine find.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great spot for authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/26/2010
    A great spot for authentic italian food, and the wait staff is excellent!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Absolutely amazing food! Simple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/26/2010
    Absolutely amazing food! Simple elegance. You can taste the freshness! Can't wait to go back and try their desserts, we were too full from dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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  • The food was excellent! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/25/2010
    The food was excellent! The special (a lobster dish) was wonderful, and all the ingrediants were very fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic
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  • The most delicious experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/19/2010
    The most delicious experience we have had lately! Felt like we were back in Italy,
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Easily the best Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/17/2010
    Easily the best Italian food we've ever had at a restaurant. The ingredients were incredibly fresh and the service was great. We definitely recommend Paciarino's.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We were delighted with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2010
    We were delighted with the hospitality and service. The decor is colorful, lively, and energetic. The atmosphere was informal and comfortable and yet sophisticated. The quality and taste of the food was excellent. Our only disappointment was the small portion size of some antipasto dishes, e.g., the sample of 5 cheeses.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Paciarino is a wonderful restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2010
    Paciarino is a wonderful restaurant that fills a special niche in Portland. It is more reminiscent of eating in a small family-run restaurant in Tuscany (my only familiar local in Italy). The ambiance is simple, even rustic, with a few take-out items on display. The staff are down-to-earth friendly and the food is simple and extremely well prepared. The wine list is perfectly fine for such a small place. Paciarino transports everyday dining to a higher level.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Initimately small but hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2010
    Initimately small but hard surfaces and no sound absorption let to us all listening to one noisy party and cupping our ears to hear each other at times. The porcini ravioli were wonderfully rich and flavorful. It would be a great place to get take-out from since the pasta is so wonderful Service so-so.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our meal was served quickly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2010
    Our meal was served quickly and everybody in our party enjoyed their dish. We shared a dessert and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were appreciative that our server recommended that the dessert be shared since the portion was very generous. We raved about the dinner all night long and can't wait to come back to have another fabulous dining experience there!
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  • Owners are warm and friendly.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2010
    Owners are warm and friendly. I really want to like this place but, after two visits, can't. Too loud, food not great, and service really poor, though friendly.
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  • Great food! Amazingly good,
    KeninCLT
    Dined on 6/8/2010
    Great food! Amazingly good, and we were just amazed at the quality of what you get for the price. Definitely recommended - our server was wonderful and we had a great evening. The only downside is the lack of a full bar - beer and wine only, but there are plenty of places around downtown Portland to go for a before or after-dinner drink.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is good. Chairs extremely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/8/2010
    Food is good. Chairs extremely hard and uninviting. If the owners do not want patrons to linger, they picked the perfect chairs.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • I has the lasagna, fresh pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/5/2010
    I has the lasagna, fresh pasta makes everyting tate better
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    fit for foodies
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  • Paciarino is truly special.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/29/2010
    Paciarino is truly special. It is classic, casual European, and just plain wonderful - all at the same time. We have dined here on three separate occasions, and would do so more often, but we live 200 miles from Portland, Maine, where Paciarino is located. The staff seems happy to be working here, the food is unfailingly delicious, and the prices are quite reasonable, particularly in view of the quality of the service, the setting, and the meals.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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