Paciarino is a casual dining restaurant that specializes in home-style pasta and Italian classics, served in a cheerful and relaxed space. This Portland restaurant lures guests with savory dishes, made to order using fresh ingredients for the best flavor. Visit Paciarino and tease your senses with some lasangne all Bolognese, tossed with carrots, onions, garlic, pork and lean ground beef. Round it off with some delectable tiramisu, layered with mascarpone cream and dusted with cocoa powder. Paciarino also offers catering services, with a special menu that can be customized to fit with different events. This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
One of our favorite restaurants in greater Portland. The food is is outstanding-----always interesting, well-prepared and delicious.
Outstanding food and must visit when in Portland!
Worth making a reservation.
A great place served by a charming male who shared his incredible story. From his "Italia" belt to his love of the food here, he even shared his personal journey to Maine with us, making us fall in love with the entire experience even deeper. Amazing squash/pumpking ravioli!
The owners are from Milano in Italy. The menu is mostly pastas along with some traditional Italian antipastos. So the menu is limited. No steak or haddock or chicken dishes as such. But the pastas are very interesting and different from some Italian restaurants that do the American/Southern Italy standards. Paciarino has more Bolognese pastas. The food is very good. The place is quite informal and not at all pretentious or stuffy. Not fancy. Just good food.
We have dined at Paciarino quite a few times- have never been disappointed by the quality of the food and service! This dinner was no exception- wonderful pumpkin filled raviolis and excellent house wine! This was a Sunday night and the restaurant was not filled, which made the ambiance even warmer than usual!
Both pasta dishes my girlfriend and I had were excellent. We're not well versed in wine, but both of our wine choices were very tasty. The service seemed to slow down as the night went on, which is a common theme in their reviews. Would definitely eat here again, but not if I was under any time constraints.
Nice comfortable dining; Excellent service. Pasta pasta pasta. Very good, cooked al dente (I like it a little softer).
Really enjoyed the pasta @ Paciarino. The other dishes were ho hum. The supposed fresh bufalo Mozz was rubbery and seemed not so fresh. Additionally the service staff hit my big pet peeve of trying to make me keep my utensils between courses. This is basic good service 101. May go back but won't be rushing to do so.
Always a wonderful meal. Pasta is freshly made. The lasagna is second to none
The dinner a companion and I had the other evening was a bit of a disappointment - we have had dinner at Pacairino several times and this was the weakest meal. The service was fine and the salad quite nice. The pasta was cooked perfectly but very over peppered - the garlic flavor was lost, We both enjoy spicy food but this was almost inedible.
I had dinner here with my daughter during our visit to Portland. Simple but tasty pasta dishes. I had the goat cheese ravioli and my daughter had the spinach ravioli. We both enjoyed them, perfect filling, warm dinner after walking around in the fall weather all day. Tiramisu was well done. Simple atmosphere, but cozy. A little pricey but we enjoyed our dinner.
Let me start out on a positive note. The service was great, and our wait person was very nice and helpful. The wine was amazing, you can't go wrong with a Brunello. This is my second time to Paciarino. Unfortunately the food was not nearly as good as my first visit. The first time we went we had a four meat ravioli in a butter sage sauce that was to die for! This time I tried the spinach and ricotta stuffed ravioli. I was very disappointed, it was just too thick and gummy. Almost like it was previously frozen. Now, the Bolognese sauce it was served with was very good, so that helped. I would probably give Paciarinos another try, but would avoid the ravioli.
For the best Italian food, this is a must. We made a special reservation when driving up to Bar Harbor to spend the night in Portland and eat here! Will do it again.
This place is nothing special! No attention to detail at all! Our server was so slow and inexperienced and obviously overwhelmed. Placed our order and server never checked on us again. Felt invisible! Took forever to get our food, over an hour! I can't even honestly tell you if the food was good as I was so angry and frustrated by the time we got it. Ambience nothing special. Turn down the lights, light some candles and play soft background music. Any of us would do that if we were having a dinner party. My feeling is that this place has had a good past reputation, but is going down hill fast!
Paciarino's specialty is home made pasta and other Italian treats. The green salad was very tasty and appropriately dressed. It was mostly greens with a few cherry tomatoes and thin slices of onion. I had the evening's special which was squash ravioli with a butter sauce and reduced balsamic topping. My serving was very large and quite tasty. It could have used some fresh pepper and grated cheese, but none were offered. My husband had what amounted to mac and cheese and he said it was quite tasty. The service was good, but the staff was overwhelmed with the customers. It took us some time to be able to pay and we needed to because we were trying to tend to a minor family emergency.
My boyfriend and I we headed to a last minute portland trip and this was a great spot for genuine Italian food. Liked the feel and ambiance inside, not too loud, and overall we had a nice time. Great for a date night.
We were trying to find a local Italian restaurant and this place was recommended by the bartender at Bull Feeny's. Great place. Hand made pasta and great service. Everything tasted so fresh.
This cozy little place features fresh pastas and sauces made by hand each day by the owner himself. It's owned and operated by a couple that moved to PORTLAND from Milan recently, and it tastes and feels like you are guests in their home. Great wine list, nice imported cheeses and salamis, delicious food and comfortable, non pretentious atmosphere.
Paciarino is not trendy like most of the stars of the new Portland food scene, but it quietly holds its place among the best in town. I highly recommend it.
Very comfortable, warm restaurant. The food was amazing and the atmosphere fun and relaxed. And the person who waited on us was a delight!
My wife and I went to Paciarino last night with another couple, hoping to catch up on old times and to eat some great food. What we found was very decent food in a noisy environment that largely lacked charm. The service was okay, but only okay. The wine list was very limited, and the lack of a full bar filled out the recipe for "meh." I won't be hurrying back.
Simple menu, excellent choices
Tiny place with no bar area - food was good but not great and and overall I'd say 3.5 stars
Simple Italian food in a simple place
This was our third visit to Paciarino. The food was excellent as usual. Shared a nice Pinot Noir recommended by our server. The Salame e Pecorino for an app hit the spot. Then had Ravioli Milano for a meal. Simple and delicious.
Despite a limited menu, this restaurant delivers big time. Carefully prepared dishes score high on flavor. Service was excellent and the setting in one of the many historic buildings in Old Port made our visit complete. Would highly recommend this place to my pickiest foody friend.
Pasta dishes are terrific and creative. Wine list is unpretentious and reasonably priced. Only knock might be that there aren't many choices for a person who doesn't care for pasta (my wife).
We had an outstanding experience at this restaurant. I found it through a review in the New York Times and I was glad I chose it. Everything we ordered was fresh and delectable. It was a true dining experience that was of a high quality. Our waiter was great too. We had a mistake with one of our orders and they gave us an extra while we waited for our correct order, which was above and beyond. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for an authentic Italian experience and freshness beyond comparison!
We were looking for a nice place in the old port for a relaxing dinner. The food was fabulous, the atmosphere was very relaxing, employees were friendly, making the overall night a wonderful experience. I asked for a corner table when I made the reservations and we couldn't have asked for a better table. We definitely will return again and try something new on the menu.
The food was excellent. We had the mozzarella and tomato salad and the 2 raviolis. One hD goat cheese filling. So yummy as was the bread and wine
Service disappointing. The waiter never brought me the pepper or water refills I asked for.
We have been eating at Paciarino for years. We have never been disappointed. The food is always great and the staff are like family.
Stephanie, our server was very pleasant, attentive but not overbearing and knew the menu well. The menu was not extensive but instead featured several authentic Italian dishes and salads of locally grown greens. The wine list was nicely rounded with reds whites and a selection of seasonal offerings. We especially loved the fact that many of the dishes were family recipes!
First time dining here. Made a reservation online as suggested. Limited street parking. Greeted warmly upon entering. Accommodating and amiable waitress. Decent wine list (some seasonal). We started with Italian salad (nothing remarkable but tasty) and assorted (vegetarian option) crostini; which was delicious, but the artichoke sample needs work. Main dish was lasagna. Was a large portion. Absolutely fantastic. Fresh ingredients. No salt or pepper on any of the tables which is likely on purpose because the food simply doesn't need additional seasoning. It speaks for itself. Will likely be back. Pricing moderate for such great food.
Enjoyed the casual amience and food at this corner restaurant where service and food were very good. Would return without hesitation.
A solid hidden gem. Excellent homemade pasta. Feels like you are in grandma's kitchen.
Food was outstanding and tasted truly authentic. The service was perfect. She was very easy-going, helpful, very kind and friendly.
We live in Maine and have had pleasants meals here in the past but last weekend was very disappointing with our out of town guests. Our server plopped down menus without an introduction and seemed distracted and harried the entire evening. Good restaurants realize that interaction sets the tone for the entire meal. We ordered a large bottle of San Pellegrino and after filling 2 glasses, she took the bottle from the table and set it up on the bar. She was embarresed when we asked for a refill and told her she had taken it and placed it with the wine bottles. My husband had the special in a white sauce that was dry and lacked any interesting flavor. The Caprese had no salt or pepper, we were never offered fresh ground pepper and no seasoning options were on the table. The only redeeming factor was our one friend had the lasagne and loved it!! With such great options in Portland, we won't be back.
My wife, son, and I had a nice but frustrating meal at Paciarino. The food was good but not outstanding. My son had the goat cheese ravioli, definitely the best of the three entrées. My wife had the spinach ravioli and I had the lasagna, both of which were good. Overall, the food was fine and I had no complaints about it, though it didn't quite live up to my hopes based on some of the more positive reviews I'd seen. More frustrating was the service. We had a good 30 or 40 minute wait between ordering and getting our food. It may have been just bad luck in terms of the timing of other orders. The kitchen seemed pretty deserted, making me think they might have been short-handed that night. Whatever it was, the delay was frustrating.
The chairs are not particularly comfortable either, making the long wait still more frustrating. And the acoustics in the room are not ideal. One group of four women across the restaurant from us were so loud that we could hardly hear each other at our table.
I don't mean to have the complaints overshadow the fact that the pasta was very nice. While I'm in no rush to return, I would go back for another try.
Love this place... we are locals and this one of our absolutely favs. The food is so fresh and divine. Get the buffalo mozzarella!
The fresh, homemade pasta was excellent. Nice wine selection.
Stick with the lasagna
Visited Paciarino's on Tall Ship Sunday. It was a great choice after spending the day touring the tall ships, in and out of showers, fog and heat. Best to have a reservation. We were finished early and went to see if we could be seated early but found them closed until 5:30 ( res was at 6:00). Had a drink at the Portland Harbor Hoted next door and returned at 6pm to find the place all full but 2 tables, one of them ours! They specialize in ravioli, all home made and all were tender and flavorful.
Service was a bit slow but we were ok with that as we rested our feet. We enjoyed olive oil and bread and a glass of wine. It is a great choice for pasta when dining in Portland and would certainly come back again