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Solo Italiano, Portland, ME

Solo Italiano

4.7
4.7
1788 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
We currently offer in-house dining Wednesday through Sunday from 4:30-10:00pm. Takeout is no longer available at this time. Patio dining is available Memorial Day weekend through September and always subject to weather. Please call us directly to reserve a patio table, but keep in mind that of the six 4-tops available outside, three are kept for walk-ins only.

Our restaurant features Paolo Laboa, international chef from Genova, Italy. His menu consists of simple, flavorful and authentic Northern Italian cuisine. This includes handmade pasta, crudo (raw fish), fresh pizza and an all-Italian wine list. Ingredients are sourced locally, from various Maine farms and from the Gulf of Maine, whenever possible.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 780-0227

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Paolo Laboa

  • Private party facilities

    Please visit our website and the reservations tab for large party options and details.

  • Private party contact

    Mercedes Laboa: (508) 284-3368

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    Harbor St or Pearl St.

  • Parking details

    Paid parking is also available in DiMillos parking lot a block and a half away. Please keep in mind, street parking is free on Sundays and after 6pm every other day!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,788 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Hot Spot

  • Maine

    Notable Wine List

  • Maine

    Most Booked

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  1. AC

    AliceC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an anniversary celebratory dinner and it was perfect. So yummy.
  2. KM

    KMezzz

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They had such a great time! Thank you! - Katherine
  3. JB

    JenniferB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly knowledgeable staff, exquisite menu, and wonderful atmosphere.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Solo Italiano and we enjoyed it immensely. They had a good selection of wines and as someone who loves the Italian reds, we had a nice Piemonte. We started with the Octopus and the Salmon, followed by the very tasty, but a bit messy, focaccia with cheese and prosciutto… Basically a very thin crust pizza. Our main dishes were the handkerchief pasta with pesto and the scallops. Our waitress was attentive and informative. Recommend it highly. Our table was in the back which was quieter and offered a waterfront view
  5. SS

    SteveS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated outside in the covered patio by the street. Great service. Excellent food.
  6. CA

    ChristiAneM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic menu.... so delicious.. Love the ambience.
  7. SG

    SteveG27

    Naples

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The halibut was absolutely phenomenal. Since they make their own cannoli shells, we tried one (which is actually 2 items) and it was outstanding.
  8. PP

    PattyP

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Delicious authentic food. Very small portions. Meals average $45, plus salad or app, wine, dessert, parking….not for the average Mainer. Catering to the elite or business people who can expense it. Nice exposed beams but soooo noisy. And no water view. Had to stop en route home to get something more to eat. Still hungry. Won’t go again.
  9. PB

    PierreB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The scallop carpacio was excellent, Tender and freshly meaty …. All our daily fresh pastas plates were Just well sized and delicious! And wow the Baba au rhum 😋
  10. RS

    RSalieri95

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary with dinner not knowing what to expect as we had never dined here before. The ambience was very nice with warm brick and wood tones, colorful paintings and a large beautiful chandelier. We were seated at a window table and requested to be transferred to a nicer window table and were accommodated with a smile and without hesitation. The food was great from the beautiful scallop crudo, delicious warm octopus salad, the flavorful hand made bucatini pasta and perfectly cooked medium rare rib eye steak. The Italian wine selections were also good as recommended by our knowledgeable, friendly, attentive and charming server Megan who was smiling throughout and very pleasant. We were very happy at the end of the meal and impressed with everything from the food, service and atmosphere. We will definitely be back! Thanks for making our anniversary dinner memorable.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every course was succulent and delicious. Great service. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion. If you like people watching, get a table by the window - Portland visitors are endlessly amusing!
  12. BD

    BrianD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything from the hostess who seated us was great. Our server was excellent and the meal could not have been prepared better.
  13. JG

    JaniceG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of two adults and two teenage boys thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of choices and robust flavors. Try as much as you can - it's all delicious! The non-alcoholic drinks were also a hit.
  14. RN

    RobertN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, knowledgeable staff. The hostess went above and beyond in rearranging seating so that we could sit at the bar. When leaving she arranged Uber and walked us to the car to make certain it was the correct vehicle and that we were safely in the vehicle. Absolutely great service. Wine/food pairing was excellent. We look forward to our next visit.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good, not great.
  16. LS

    LindaS

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of five with everyone ordering something different and everything was so delicious! Service was excellent and cocktails were spot on!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal from start to finish. Excellent wine list. Food was delicious. Service was excellent and knowledgeable. Our dessert took longer than expected to come out and we were pleased that this was addressed promptly without our needing to complain. Our server comped the dessert and our coffees and threw in a digestif. This gesture was much appreciated and will keep us coming back despite this small error in wait time for our dessert. Thanks for another great meal Solo. We’ll be back soon!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food, service was just okay
  19. E

    Elsbeth

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious, including drinks, appetizers and dinner. Even better there was no wait for the bill, a rare event in restaurants these days. Bravo!
  20. TO

    TomO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing. Would highly recommend.
  21. L

    Luvtoeat

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Been there before. Loved the food, especially the chocolate soufflé dessert. On this second visit, still loving the savory dishes but sadly, the chocolate soufflé was not on the menu. Solo, please put it back on the menu.
  22. D

    Delco

    New England

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    It was good . Mussels were ok. Salad , entrees and dessert were very good The fire alarm went off and took 10 minutes to turn off . Fire department had to come. Very loud fir what seemed like a long 10 minutes. Staff was very apologetic and told us that we could go outdoors to wait but we weren’t feeling it. I was also surprised that we weren’t offered anything for the inconvenience especially when it had happened only 2 other times in 6 years. Our waitress and staff were very good . We wanted to go to the bar before dinner but were told that it was by reservation which we thought was odd. We had to go someplace else for a drink before we could be seated. Also inconvenient . Our table was in the back , not the greatest .
  23. f

    francophile

    Philadelphia

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really nice meal in relative quiet -- unlike those other warehouse-type restaurants in Portland. Had the octopus, the fetuccine, the halibut, and the mousse -- all excellently prepared. We shared dishes and had glasses of white wine.
  24. HS

    HSBRes

    Houston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place. Service was 5 star and the food tasted amazing. Every course we got was perfect. Highly recommended. Thanks
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Portland, Maine. Just incredible food and talent.
  26. RR

    ReneeR

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a 9pm reservation at Solo and so excited to try all the delicious food. We had to wait for our table because there were some folks still dining and hanging there but all that told me is that they prioritize not rushing you out! They brought us inside to give us drinks and water and that was more than fine, and then gave us our sorbet desserts free later, since our dinner went until 11pm. But honestly they didn’t need to because we had such a great meal. Our server was so buoyant and nice and made a great wine recommendation. Overall a really great experience. The burrata is a must try along with the pesto pasta and the green salad. The rib eye dish was a little random in construction in terms of what we expected, but still delicious. Very fancy meal out. If you’re starving get maybe 5 plates for 2 people, we only did 4 total items but we had been eating all day already so we were stuffed!
  27. BS

    BrianS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal, one of the best meals I’ve ever had to be honest. We had the prosciutto focaccia app to start. Then we split the famous handkerchief pasta which did not disappoint. Lastly we had the ribeye with mushrooms. Every dish was amazing!
  28. B

    Blair

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had reservations for our 1 year wedding anniversary. Food was fantastic and our server was very sweet. Highly recommend!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here with my husband while visiting Portland because we saw it mentioned in a book that they make fresh pasta. We were able to make reservations just a couple of hours before coming in. The food was wonderful. I got the handkerchief pasta with pesto sauce and my husband got the gnocchi. Both were absolutely delicious. For appetizer we got the tomato, mozzarella and basil salad. The tomatoes were super fresh and the salad was yummy. The only criticism I have is that the salad was a bit small but the pastas were just perfect for our hungry stomachs. And for dessert we shared the tart with toasted meringue that was also very yummy. The whole restaurant was filled with wall art that we found out was all painted by the owner’s father in law. The servers were all very friendly and attentive. Overall, we loved our visit and would come back again.
  30. MT

    MarloT

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    We were there on our last night in Maine. Family trip. We found the restaurant on line as a Condé Nast recommended restaurant. We were excited. The table we were seated at wasn’t great. But was ok. The server seemed a little snooty. And was very condescending to one of us when we ordered wine. One of us ordered a Diet Coke. The other a Coke. She did not indicate that they did not have those products but brought cola type drinks thinking that would work. If we had known that was what was going to be served we would have declined. Nicely the server did not charge us for the one that was not drunk at all. Very nice to remove it from the bill. Overall the food was very good and we enjoyed the meal but at times it was soured by the server. Not sure if she was having a bad day or what was going on. But I hope she sees these comments. We still tipped the usual 20%.
  31. M

    Memories

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wine recommendations from Randi J at the bar and excellent food recommendations and service. Wonderful grilled halibut and a prosciutto pizza.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in town! The food is made with care and thought and the the presentation beautifully plated. This restaurant doesn’t hide the food by oversalting like some of the other restaurants in town. Love this place!
  33. LL

    LindaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A superb dining experience! The cuisine was delectable with unique Northern Italian flavor, lovely presentation and choices, and warm, friendly and informative servers, especially Alaina. Don’t miss an opportunity to experience one of Portlands’ culinary treasures! Linda LaPlaca
  34. J

    Jeff

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The attentive server demonstrated her expertise and knowledge of the superior kitchen staff to make a wonderful dining experience.
  35. BD

    BillD

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, super wait staff
  36. C

    Cayman22

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent meal! A must for us when in Portland. Great for sharing appetizer, first course and pasta plates.
  37. DD

    DooDooBrown

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The food was pretty good and it's a really nice atmosphere, but it just didn't really blow me away for the price. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I walked away with a "meah" feeling. The pastas and salads we tried were kind of on the bland side. Fortunately the cannoli and espresso drinks were great.
  38. J

    Joseph

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything as one should expect - perfect.
  39. GH

    GloriaH

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Sara our server was outstanding, helped us decide between 2 appetizers. We went with her choice, it was superb. The pesto with a sheet of pasta was excellent, had to ask for more cheese, the cheese was just sprinkled around the edges of the plate. Husband had clams with homemade pasta, pasta was undercooked. Dessert was Babba Rum cake absolutely not to be missed if you like rum.
  40. TS

    TStra

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Solo. It's become our go-to whenever we're in Portland. Food is outstanding, service is always great.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Solo Italiano is rated 4.7 stars by 1788 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today
Google Map for Solo Italiano

100 Commercial St Portland, ME 04101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harbor St or Pearl St.

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Paid parking is also available in DiMillos parking lot a block and a half away. Please keep in mind, street parking is free on Sundays and after 6pm every other day!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paolo Laboa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (207) 780-0227

  • Private party facilities

    Please visit our website and the reservations tab for large party options and details.

  • Private party contact

    Mercedes Laboa: (508) 284-3368

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