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Portico Italian Social Food, Sebastopol, CA

Portico Italian Social Food

4.4
4.4
30 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Inspired by Italy’s aperitivo hour, when public squares and streets are filled with lively conversation, Portico serves handmade and authentic Italian fare in Sebastopol in western Sonoma County.

A portico is a colonnade or covered walkway in classical architecture. Since the middle ages the elegant porticos of Bologna, Italy have a meeting place for the public as well as a place for business. Paolo Pedrinazzi (who is from Bologna) and Kat Escamilla, owners of the new Portico trattoria , bring this experience to Sebastopol. They even have monthly Regional dinner parties with live jazz.

The setting includes an Italian fountain on their cozy patio. Portico offers light table service and counter ordering. Excellent Italian wines are sold in the restaurant at retail pricing; refreshingly unpretentious. The menu features an array of antipasti, handmade egg pasta, gluten free risottos, Bolognese lasagna, tiramisu, and baked goods . A market in the front is stocked with take-n-bake entrees

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 888-9136

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Paolo Pedrinazzi

  • Catering

    Portico is available for delivery or in house catering. Evening buyout available.

  • Private party facilities

    Portico Italian Social Club presents an Italian Regional Dinner Party each first Wednesday of the month. Includes 4 courses , 4 wine pairings, live jazz, and lively atmosphere.

  • Neighborhood

    Sebastopol

  • Cross street

    CA-12

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 30 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wine Country

    Healthy

  • Wine Country

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. DM

    DanM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Love the food and the simplistic approach to a classic West County dining experience.
  2. P

    Pappy

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time at P was memorable. Had come due to raves by family. Confirmed!
  3. K

    Kolospot

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! They sat 6 of us outside and we had a wonderful time with amazing food, overal ambiance is amazing- got to watch the chef make our pasta!
  4. MD

    MayaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved each bite of my entree- and the desserts were delicious. I was with a friend, but it would be a great romantic dinner place. The food and ambiance were wonderful. I highly recommend.
  5. VR

    VenkatesanR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Don’t go, the food is mediocre and the over priced. Sorry we did not have a good experience
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    My food was delicious however my husbands steak not so great and the meatballs had a strange flavor. Or saying it’s bad just wasn’t for us. The waitress was nice but the service could have been better. She was carrying on a conversation with another table and we did a lot of sitting and waiting when we needed service. If I ever go back I would definitely want a table in the front as it seemed that was where her attention was focused. I definitely would drop in for a gelato. The salted caramel was delicious.
  7. H

    Honda

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a small venue and from the outside looks more like a small bakery or coffee shop. table cloths would give the place some warmth and coziness. The glass of Italian red wine was delicious. We shared a beet salad that was sad and uninteresting and the lettuce was the standard mix out of a bag ☹️. My friend and I thought the beets were canned and had no flavor. The bowl of homemade gnocchi was excellent. Fresh pillows of gnocchi sautéed in butter and sage. Garnish with a little extra fresh sage next time please. I would go back but hopefully more fresh vegetable and salad items will be offered.
  8. t

    tarar

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    comforting dishes. Educated staff with good recommendations. A really nice night out that didn't break the bank!
  9. CA

    CathyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It is a very small space so you are right next to your other guests. We sat towards the back for warmth. I liked that location also to watch Chef cook.
  10. MB

    MiaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this charming restaurant, the food, wine and atmosphere are just lovely! Cheers!
  11. c

    codye

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    awesome little Italian spot with lots of fresh ingredients and tasty fresh pasta. Very small location and I wouldn't consider going in without a reservation. Owner is fantastic and checks on you and your meal.
  12. DC

    DustinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, excellent food,very easy to make reservations,just enough service so we could enjoy our meal,and the wine list was awesome,I highly recommend this restaurant
  13. GT

    GradyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great staff makes ypu feel really comfortable and welcome
  14. EL

    ElaineL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    We have eaten here twice before and it was excellent food and excellent service. This time however they appeared to be short staffed. Our initial waitress was lovely very attentive. But then I think we were handed over to someone else. It took a really long time for our salads to come. In the meantime we asked for some bread. The second waitress brought it to us and just walked away. We had to flag her down and we asked her “ does olive oil come with the bread?“ Because we had seen them serving bread with olive oil. Her response was “well, it could.“ So we said OK we would love some olive oil please lol! Then just as we received our salads I noticed that our dinner had come out from the kitchen and was sitting on the counter (our table was directly next to where the dishes come out). I told my husband that our food was up and wondered if we should just tell them to bring it to us now so that it wouldn’t be cold. However the dishes then were taken back into the kitchen and I figured they would bring them to us when we finished our salads. Which they did. The food was cold. My husband had the lasagna and I had the cannelloni. Because it was cold, it was heavy and very unpleasant to eat. We were so hungry however that we ate most of the lasagna and I ate less than half of the cannelloni. I don’t know if we will go back, I would like to but they’ve been in business for a couple of years now and it seems like they could have it together a little bit better by now. We had two glasses of excellent wine, thank goodness, and our bill was over $100. That was a little bit painful for the low quality of the experience.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We split 2 entrees, Eggplant Parmigiana and Saffron Mushroom Risotto. Each was prepared to be highly flavorful with excellent texture. Each bite created delicious sensations in the mouth. We also split a Rocket Salad which had a superb lemon dressing. We finished with their freshly made cannolis! The filling was light and not overly sweet. A perfect dinner!!!
  16. RC

    RobertC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wow! What a great experience here the other night. We were seated outside on their cute patio with a small water feature. We were greeted by a friendly server and as we sat down we could see a gentleman inside making fresh pasta. The inside looked quaint and cozy. We had a wonderful artichoke dip and salad for starters and then had the best lasagna I have had in years. The sheets were very thin and delicate and the flavors were outstanding. My wife. had the chicken piccata and raved about it, and especially loved the sauce. We had a wonderful bottle of Nebbiolo from the Langhe area for only 30! It was delicious and one of the owners came by twice to check in on us and share a bit about her story and how they source their wines. We then went on to have the tiramisu which was tasty, light, and big enough to share. The dessert we will go back for though was the cardamon gelato! What a wonderful flavor combination. We cannot wait to go back for their fresh pasta, great service, and remarkable gelato. We also caught a show after at Main Stage West which is right next door.
  17. T

    Terror

    San Francisco

    111 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    “We don’t know Italian wines.Could you please describe these wines & compare them to our California wines?” The answer from our first server,”We wrote a description on the menu,”I said, “I can read, but I would like to have you tell me a little more. We have guests from Nebraska visiting who like a Chardonnay wine. Which one is closest to a Chardonnay?” This server went inside to get the owner who approached our table & told me the same thing, “The menu has the wine descriptions.” I,again, said “I can read but I need more guidance.” Eventually, we were told one of the white bottles of wine on the menu was the one she recommended - interesting it was the most expensive bottle of wine. We saw the menu listed wines by the glass and by the bottle. We asked for a taste & then were told they don’t give tastes. We eventually ordered a bottle of wine; within a minute the owner came back with a different bottle &offered this one to us, again even more expensive than the others-learned this on check.We were told she had 4 bottles remaining of this wine & she had removed the bottle from the menu.Started to order our meal at our 5:30 Saturday evening; 3 of us wanted canneloni -nope, only have 2….really? This is Saturday night and one of your best pasta dishes…only 2 remaining for the evening? Ordered gnocchi with sage butter sauce instead.The gnocchi was outstanding w/fluffy gnocchi in bowl with brown butter sage sauce. One of the guests is from an Italian family and an Italian restaurant background; she ordered one of the two cannelloni mains. Good, but not as fresh and fluffy as we have enjoyed previously. The plate seemed microwaved; the béchamel seemed old and not light &fresh. Salad of Rocket and lemon vinaigrette was refreshing. Beet and goat cheese salad also fresh and delicious. Salmon pappardelle was missing some salmon. Love the pasta here but always have issue with the service.wrote an article while in culinary school-food or service..which is more important?

    Portico Italian Social FoodResponded on September 22, 2022I admit, Italians (and New Yorkers) are notorious for speaking frankly. I love it. You don't. Regarding our wines, we sell them by the bottle at retail price. It's in the style of casual dining in Italy. The wines I suggested are a mere $25 -29/ bottle here, 30% less than restaurant pricing. As I said at the time, we don't offer tastings because we don't have/keep a lot of bottles open. We educate our customers on the menu with excellent tasting notes and even pairing suggestions.

  18. G

    Gordo

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A low key local gem with delicious dishes delicately flavored without ubiquitous garlic.
  19. D

    Debb

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing It’s a cute little place Definitely a great spot to hit up in town
  20. Y

    Yaba

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous small restaurant with exceptional food and dedicated owners, who are there working and talking to the patrons. The wine selection is very affordable and there is always something that complements the dinner. The arugula salad is our regular as we explore different main courses. Pasta is made there and sauced elegantly. And finish with walnut biscotti!
  21. T

    Toothdoc

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service on par with casual dining.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant never disappoints- authentic Italian made from fresh local farmers
  23. MK

    MelissaK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! A little taste of Italy in Sebastopol. Love the constantly changing Italian wines. So fun to learn about the different regions, and they are all delish!
  24. WL

    WayneL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Beet salad excellent. Gnocchi, gummy, very little sage, butter sauce. Tortelloni very good. Had to ask for bread after receiving entree, never did get olive oil. When through with meal, server asked anything else, when we said we were good, instead of bringing check, server went and chatted with cooks. After 10 minutes we had to get up and ask for check. Poor service considering we were the only diners inside the dining room. This was our 3rd time, 1st excellent,2nd good and 3rd not worth returning.
  25. l

    lotusearth

    Central Coast

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A lovely little bistro serving excellent Italian food. In so many places a risotto or eggplant parmesan are precooked and then warmed in a microwave. Here the food is prepared from scratch. So, it does mean a bit of a wait for your meal. However, the excellent salad makes the time pass quickly. We made the mistake of not allowing enough time for our meal when we were attending a concert.
  26. p

    poetess

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Portico had been recommended to us. We enjoyed the food, but our overall experience was mixed. We dined outdoors, and the wind blew a curtain over a table, knocking glasses onto the concrete. We weren't injured, but it could have been worse. We brought a bottle of wine with us, and the owner asked if we could open our own bottle, although they charge a corkage fee. We didn't succeed in getting the cork out and had a mess. We were very appreciative of the young man who served us and did most of the table set up, etc.
  27. f

    fuzzbear

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful place to dine. Friendly atmosphere, friendly attentive hosts, and excellent food including fresh handmade pasta. A regular stop for me.
  28. m

    mexicophile

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious authentic Italian food; welcoming owners, convenient downtown Sebastopol location. Portico has become my new favorite place!
  29. JG

    JGarzzia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I heard about it, I've passed it many times and I finally tried it; vini vidi vici. The food, the service, the ambiance, all were very, very satisfying. I feel so lucky to have something this great so readily available. Thank you Kat and crew!
  30. PR

    PaulR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I had the vegetable risoto prepared vegan It was extremely salty. More salty than the Olive Garden and thats pretty bad.

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You can order delivery directly from Portico Italian Social Food using the Order Online button. Portico Italian Social Food also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 888-9136.

Portico Italian Social Food is rated 4.4 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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Google Map for Portico Italian Social Food

110 N Main St, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Additional information

  • Cross street

    CA-12

  • Neighborhood

    Sebastopol

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paolo Pedrinazzi

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (707) 888-9136

  • Catering

    Portico is available for delivery or in house catering. Evening buyout available.

  • Private party facilities

    Portico Italian Social Club presents an Italian Regional Dinner Party each first Wednesday of the month. Includes 4 courses , 4 wine pairings, live jazz, and lively atmosphere.

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