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Solo Italiano, Portland, ME

Solo Italiano

4.7
4.7
2432 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
We currently offer in-house dining Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30-10:00pm (last dinner seating is at 9:30). 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 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–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

What 2,432 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
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Great for fine wines

  • Maine

    Most Booked

  • Greater Portland

    Best Service

  • Greater Portland

    Best Ambiance

  • Greater Portland

    Good for business meals

  • Greater Portland

    Innovative

  • Greater Portland

    Good for groups

  • Greater Portland

    Great for fine wines

  • Greater Portland

    Romantic

  • Greater Portland

    Good for special occasions

  • Greater Portland

    Most Booked

2,432 Reviews
  1. NorairW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    GREAT service! Food was average for Italian cuisine.

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  2. John

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience at Solo!! It’s like being in Italy!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Solo Italiano. Food is delicious. Allergies are accommodated. The end.

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  4. KurtC

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all the way around! Food was amazing, beautiful setting, and great service. The only thing I would have them change is the choice of music. The ambiance was detracted from by the show tunes they were playing. Didn’t fit the experience at all.

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  5. crossword1020

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate well, but went home hungry. $30+ for a pasta dish that was gone embarrassingly quick.

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  6. CharlotteP

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can't miss this restaurant. The food is outstanding. It will be a meal you remember for the ages. Go for it!

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  7. John

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am Italian American. There are “Italian” restaurants in Portland but they are not authentic Italian restaurants. They are Italian American restaurants which are good, don’t get me wrong. Solo Italiano is authentic Italian! We go to Italy once a year on average and have experienced true Italian cuisine. Let me tell you THIS IS IT!!!! The handmade pasta daily cooked to al dente perfection is unbelievable! I cannot recommend this place enough. If you want to take a trip to Italy, just stop by here! What a blessing we have in Portland!

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  8. roberts

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’d probably rate this 4 stars overall, but the portions were ridiculously small. This was not advertised as a tapas/small plate restaurant. The food was good, but it was hard to get a feel for it when my pasta dish had maybe 1/2-2/3 of a cup of cooked pasta. Same with my wife’s pasta dish. I realize this is a pet peeve of mine, but homemade or not, pasta is easily the cheapest food item to provide. I get cutting back on the lobster or lamb. But pasta? If you want to charge $25 for a plate of pasta, put a half pound in there. I’m sure they can afford the extra .75 cents to do so.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time in for my Girlfrienda birthday weekend and everything was 10/10. the focaccia with burrata was unbelievable. Both of our meals were off the charts. And I’m so sorry i forget the waitress name but she was great as well! Overall can’t wait to come back and visit Portland because we will certainly be back.

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  10. JG50

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Imagine a cold, damp April night in Portland Me. Not to difficult right? Solo is a warm, cozy spot that always makes you feel like you are a welcomed friend. The Pizza bruschetta is amazing and the lamb chops are amazing. We go to Solo a lot. All they need is a fireplace. Fantastic in so many ways!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sudrit is so wonderful! We ask for him every time! This is my favorite restaurant in Portland!!

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  12. ErinS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible. Every bite devoured. We will be going back!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Solo is a divine restaurant that delivers authentic, northern Italian coastal cuisine that is simply so good you will feel transported to Italy with every bite. Some folks get upset that portions are too small, this is not the type of restaurant you go to for heaped over plates of pasta and chicken Parmesan. This is the type of place where the menu changes daily, where every piece of gnocchi and ravioli is made by hand, in-house. Why are the flavors and textures so good? Because everything is made from scratch with the finest in season ingredients money can buy. The waitstaff is AMAZING, they have a deep knowledge of the menu and the beverages. Trust the waitstaff to craft a meal for you and Solo will not disappoint.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing dining experience! The service and creative choices keep us coming back time after time.

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  15. LisaE

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place to spend Easter dinner! Traditional foods and a warm atmosphere. We had such a lovely time. The food was amazing, the service was just right-friendly but efficient, and just a lot of care taken with every detail. My husband especially enjoyed the specialty cocktail and the wine recommendation was spot on with our dinner. Thankful to have such an authentic Italian restaurant in Portland. Always worth our drive down.

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  16. Julie

    Maine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining at Solo Italiano and everything was fantastic!

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  17. Tucker

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific service, including knowledgeable wine pairing suggestions. Food was outstanding.

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  18. NewPortlander

    Berlin

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I’m sorry, but charging $36 for a modest portion of gnocchi is absurd, and $50 for a fish entree is just a blatant rip off. The food was good, but the prices are unlike anything I’ve seen.

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  19. Friends

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a pretty good meal with nice glass of wine served by a great waiter who helped us order slightly off the menu for our 6yo.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was fabulous! Tuna tartar was amazing as was the linguine. Great wine recommendations too!

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  21. Theresa

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time here and our server was excellent. Answered all of our questions and gave wonderful suggestions. Thank you so helping us celebrate our anniversary!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience! The food is so thoughtfully executed.

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  23. Bill

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exquisite, our server was a knowledgeable, patient and helpful and the front of the house staff quite accommodating. Excellent all around.

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  24. maryrachel

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pesto pasta bland - not at all as described. Chef’s accommodation of vegan meal was excellent.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual xtraordinary dinner augmented by stellar service!!

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  26. AnnR

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When I enter a restaurant I judge it immediately how I'm greeted. The hostess was attentive immediately. The ambience was very welcoming with beautiful lighting. I found the staff to be extremely helpful explaining and recommending the perfect wine that would compliment my entree . There's no question my husband and I will be back.

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  27. BethH

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply magnificent meal at Solo Italiano last night. We celebrated all the March ocasions — two birthdays and two anniversaries. ❤️ We had the same wonderful server that we had last year, who guided us on menu and wine selections. Truly an authentic Italian experience, many times during the meal I thought of my grandfather, who came here from Italy. We also met Chef Paolo, the creator of all this deliciousness.

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  28. GinaC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. The bucatini with uni was divine, but the portion was a bit small. My husband had the rib eye which was pretty pricey for a small portion as well. I would recommend and return.

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  29. Barbara

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and atmosphere but food was over priced, portions smaller than in the past.

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  30. Kfoodie

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hostess, our server, and the food were all fantastic. The young woman at the check-in desk could have been friendlier. They open at 4:30 (we had a 4:30 reservation) and I entered the restaurant at 4:27 (the doors were open). When I went to check in, she informed me I was "early" and that they didn't open until 4:30, and asked me to take a seat. I had no problem with having to wait a few minutes, it was more her attitude that bothered me. Server was knowledgeable, helpful and good-natured, as was the woman who seated us. The food was absolutely the best we've had in Portland.

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  31. JPD8612

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Expertly crafted dishes of quality ingredients. Thoughtful service and beautiful spaces to dine in. Thoroughly excellent.

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  32. MichaelJ

    Maine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time! Great food, wonderful place. We will be back ! Esp.. for the cannolis !

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ribeye is absolutely amazing, cooked to a nicely seared medium rare with fat parts that melt right in your mouth

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of my top favorite restaurants in Portland! The staff is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable and the pasta is heavenly! The Gonfietti is a must try! We ordered it as an app and dessert! The tiramisu was the best I have tasted. Wish I had taken pictures.

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  35. CarlosQ

    Greater Boston

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner last night. The Uni on toast was remarkable as was the bucatini!

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  36. yankee

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is one of my favorite restaurants - the rack of lamb and pasta/truffles are fabulous. But the Restaurant Week meal was nothing to write home about it. Most of the courses (except salad and dessert) were blah. We’ll be back, but never again for Restaurant Week.

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  37. dla911

    Greater Boston

    188 reviews

    5.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Gnocchi in Bolognese sauce and the Cod with trumpet mushrooms are two standout menu items

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  38. PamMcfad

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have traveled all over the world and this was one of our top 10 restaurant experiences. Our waiter was so professional and attentive. The food was superb. We had the tuna appetizers, pasta and dessert and a bottle of wine very reasonably priced. It was an energetic lively feeling but that is to be expected at a great restaurant on a Saturday night!!

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  39. Noelle

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible! We have loved Paolo for years and it makes us so happy to see him succeeding in Portland!

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  40. LisaE

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We choose Solo Italiano for our special dinners every time. Authentic Italian food (not American Italian), an inviting space to dine in, highly competent staff (who stay over time-so it’s not just a great restaurant but must be a great place to work), and all of the small touches to make it an amazing dining experience. We left happy, full, and counting down until our next visit. Bravo, Solo Italiano!

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FAQs

Solo Italiano is rated 4.7 stars by 2432 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 32 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 Tue–Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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