Ports of Italy - The Kennebunks

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Sunday Lunch
All of our dishes use ingredients sourced from a variety of local purveyors, including the finest Maine seafood, meats and vegetables.

Our specialties include homemade pasta and ravioli, breads, desserts, and our beautiful brick-oven pizza inspired from Naples.

Choose from a wide range of modestly-priced wines and liquors.
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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Place had been sold and closed few weeks

JM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The meal was very bland, sauce was like / water probably order something different.
I think the bread & oil was the best part of the meal. My drink I had was very tasty.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the bartender and Jennifer the waitress were very accommodating.

PO
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Valentine’s Day Spectacular Disaster

1 – First round of drinks takes too long to arrive.
2 – We ordered 2 hot appetizers (meatballs and garlic bread). The bread was ordered because there’s no bread to be seen at any table.
3 - The server brings two perfectly chilled plates. What? For hot appetizers?
4 – A second drink is never offered, even as the appetizers arrive. I finally flag down the server. Sloppy service.
5 – Wife asks: “what are those small paper bags on the tables of other guests?” Oh, that’s bread. But I forgot to bring you some. She brings a small sack of bread. It’s apparent that we’re being subjected to an experience that guests with other servers are not.
6 – The main arrives and is announced: Orecchiette sautéed with Italian sausage, tomato, broccoli rabe & basil. I’m looking at miniature shells, not orecchiette. Pasta is pasta, but why announce what is obviously not true? The broccoli rabe was represented by a few chopped stems. The whole plate is a back-of-the-house failure to deliver.
7 –We eat and laugh at our misfortune.
8 – Plates are arriving for other guests. Rack of Lamb! One of my favorites, and a special for the evening. But we were never told about any specials. Disappointment becomes upset.
8 – Small chocolate cakes arrive at other tables, surrounded by fresh strawberries. Nice!
9 – Would we like to see a dessert menu? Yes, of course. Let’s continue the fun. The feature is the flourless chocolate cake. We naively order that.
10 – The brownie arrives, slopped with half-deflated whipped cream, and a few whole and fresh but FROZEN strawberries. Our server fails again to speak about the specials, and the kitchen delivers frozen fruit as an accompaniment.

$163.00 for dinner. No tip. The experience: unforgettable and unforgivable.

The chef should be dragged from the back to witness the nightmare of abominable service and mediocre food unfolding before the guest’s eyes. Never again.

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We meet with friends for a birthday celebration every year.
We were very disappointed with the food quality this time.
Our reservation was for 12:30. They were already out of shrimp for the day. Omelettes very oily and the chef was not at his station most of the time to carve meat. We all felt
It was not close to what we have experienced on our previous trips.

LE
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

While they had a lot of food out, it just seemed like they've been doing it too long. The meat at the carving station was dry. Tiramasu was good, the cookie was overcooked. Someone told me they were selling the restaurant, so perhaps that's why the vibes weren't good.

LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often go for the Sunday buffet. Always enjoy it. Plenty of choices.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The excellent service, ambiance, and fresh pasta all make it worth the visit!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved it. Great selection fir a brunch buffet. Fabulous service and atmosphere. We were a bit late in the day for brunch and the only thing I could criticize was wish the fried chicken was hot and would have loved to try some oysters but they were out. But I will be back!

J
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was bland not impressed for the money you except more.

SB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites! Great culinary and service team!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Went for NYE and the service was great; however, when we made reservations there was nothing stating there was a prix fix menu or that there would be a DJ and strobe lights... could barely hear anyone talk and when asked if he could turn it down he continued to turn it up!

DJ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Years Eve menu was a nice change. The food was really delicious. We had the filet mignon and salmon. Both were fantastic. Our desserts were excellent too. The seafood ceviche was a first time treat. Loved the lime and cilantro on it.

K
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Ports of Italy tonight! The pasta Bolognese was absolutely amazing. We also enjoyed the Caesar salad and the Brussels sprouts. The service was wonderful. Highly recommend!

MB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Hostess was rude. We had a reservation but we’re not seated for over 20 minutes because “we were early” (by 10 min!) and despite the fact that fewer than half the tables were filled.
Meals were ok - not worth the fixed $55. Waitress was excellent despite being v. Busy.
Have been here 3 x in past year and it was always very good. Won’t be back.

k
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I wish they had said they were not serving their regular menu. That would have changed our mind. Instead $65 with a choice of just four entrees. We were looking forward to the regular menu.

L
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The Fruits of the Sea...had a tasteless tomato sauce., rubber calameri, 5 clams, 10 mussels, and 1 shrimp. It is in a Maine shore town and rhe fish dish was sad. The hristmas Cake desert was dry and tasteless.

RU
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Spaghetti pasta was under cooked and tuff. Meatball were absolutely terrible - over-processed and no taste. Salmon was so-so. Service was exceptioal to our concerns.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful night there. Great food, great service. Cozy little place. We’d definitely go again if we’re in the area.

OT
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great night Good food and Great Friends

JB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

it is very difficult to review a place on a Saturday during Prelude. We are pretty much regulars and always enjoy the food and most of the wait staff-they always try to do their best under the circumstances but seriously? to not have garlic bread at one o clock on a notoriously busy Saturday?? very disappointing and the food was just ok but it was extremely busy so that is understandable.

G
New England
270 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Ports of Italy-our go to spot most weeks. Vladimir, Jennifer, Ian and the rest of the staff are fantastic!

BF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

The food was tasteless, my seafood fruity di mare, mussels were mostly represented and were extremely small, there were two tiny clams and there was absolutely no taste.
The other dinner was Orichette with broccoli, sausage and sliced tomatoes which is normally not in that dinner. You would think with all those ingredients there would be some taste none whatsoever and what they call Orichette pasta were more like small shell pasta.
They’ll never see us again for sure!

LL
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our waitress, Jennifer, was helpful and patient. We were not rushed at all. The food was outstanding - four dinners, four emptied plates even though the portions were generous. Dessert was excellent and the coffee was worth going back for. We ranged in age from 15 to 73 and all were very happy with our experience.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten at Ports of Italy several times. The food has always been very good. Our server on Friday night (Jennifer) was outstanding. She made the evening with her attention to detail, knowledge of the menu and knowing how to make her customers feel great about their time at the restaurant. We will be back.

RR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Such a let down,three years ago it was fantastic,now it's a shadow of itself.Quality has dropped,cold salmon,dry cool macaroni & cheese, cocktail shrimp that were limp, undercooked desert's.Well you get the jist.

BS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Worst flavored italian food I have ever paid for. My husbands pasta wasnt cooked all the way and meatballs had fennel seed in them. My fruiti-de-mar was watery and flavorless

M
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice cozy atmosphere. Valet parking is a plus as parking is limited. Food and service very good. Wait to go after the tourists have gone; much more enjoyable! Only downside is the seating. The cafe-style chairs are not comfortable at all. We skipped dessert as we couldn't tolerate the seating any longer. Recommend making changes to the seating to provide a more enjoyable experience.

DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food is just not good. Service was great and our waiter tried to offset the dinners. I left him a nice tip however it’s just not good.

Maybe it’s just a pizza place
Other diners sent their food back.

G
New England
270 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great Pizza and delicious new pasta dishes. And the staff treats you like family! This is a weekly stop for us!

OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Just incredibly average

ME
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Phenomenal food. Incredible waitress—huge, fun personality with in depth knowledge of the food on the menu. We had a fantastic anniversary dinner and are excited to return!

B
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The server had way too many tables to give good service. The food was mediocre at best and the menu selections very small. The bread was the only thing that was excellent and we didn’t get that till after our meal was served. I would not go back.

MB
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Jennifer was an outstanding server. We followed her advice and are glad we did. She created a great experience. The pizza great and the wine pours generous. The perfect place to go if you are loberstered out.

PE
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was excellent and food very very good. Will definitely return.

JO
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The server was excellent.
The food was ok but not special. The previous night we had eaten at Ports of Italy in Boothbay Harbor and everything was excellent. It was also very busy so had atmosphere. This one was very quiet with only 2/3 tables occupied.
We were very disappointed.

AH
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Only about occupied 7 tables. The server and food runner were running around almost frantic. The food was not at all what I was expecting. The pasta was horribly undercooked in everyone’s dish at the table. Mine was reminiscent of uncooked ramen. Server got me a new dish but no apology or sincerity. Huge disappointment all around for the amount of money we spent.

f
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We arrived for our reservation and were promptly seated. Our server was great! She was professional, knowledgeable, and welcoming. We ordered a bottle of wine , my glass was dirty and she promptly changed it out. We started with a grilled octopus appetizer. The octopus was very tough. My husband had the meatballs and pasta. He said it was okay. I had the duck pasta, it had a very harsh flavor. Overall a mediocre experience.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This was our third time here and it’s not quite as good as I recall. The menu has less offerings but still good, nice wine list and not just the standards by the glass. Bread with oil prior to dinner was very good. Our waitress was very attentive.

f
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Needed a break from seafood. Ordered the Burrata and it was excellent! Ordered the meatballs for my entree but unfortunately had to send them back because they were cold.
The Lemoncello Spritz was excellent