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Solo Italiano, Portland, ME

Solo Italiano

4.6
4.6
2032 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 21 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 2,032 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Innovative

  • Maine

    Great for fine wines

  • Maine

    Most Booked

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  1. BM

    BethM

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was fantastic!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, as always! Love to dine here!
  3. RA

    RamonaA

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Great food. Great service.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Randy is so full of detailed knowledge on wine and food. Aim play awesome on so many levels.
  5. LW

    LindaW

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Solo Italiano once again exceeded all expectations! My favorite restaurant in Portland. My boyfriend and I arrived at 5:45 to celebrate my birthday. Our server was exceptional explaining the food and wine. She even asked the wine steward what Amaro would complement our tiramisu. Wow! We shared dishes starting with a scallop crudo which was out of this world. Dandelion salad and spaghetti carbonara with shrimp were fantastic. Halibut was perfectly cooked. This is a high end restaurant with exceptional wait staff. What a wonderful Birthday! Compliments to the chef and the entire staff. I wish I could remember who our waitress was. She was truly exceptional.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were outstanding.
  7. M

    Missy

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was a birthday celebration...we've been to Solo 4-5 times in the last 2 years..Have very good service ( always the same 2 servers) who are helpful with wine selections that pair with food. Lovely meal.
  8. CL

    CeeLa

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, a delicious and wonderful dining experience. From the knowledgable service to the outstanding food. Solo Italiano can do no wrong! Although it is quite pricey, it is worth every cent.
  9. J

    Jazzy

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal! We will definitely be back!

    Solo ItalianoResponded on January 18, 2023We have not received any emails from you and we are closed Monday and Tuesday (if you called then). Please email soloitalianome@gmail with any concerns.

  10. JM

    JanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food we have had in Portland, Maine. I highly recommend Solo Italiano this was our first time there and it won’t be our last.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Service was sub par and the food was not worth the price tag.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, except the four of us thought the food was very pricey. We are all local residents.
  13. BC

    BrendaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Nice spot but our experience was ruined by a server who really botched the conversation about my shellfish allergy. Instead of instilling confidence that my food would be safe he asked me to specify how bad my allergy is and continued asking more and more questions and getting annoyed by my responses. It left me feeling like “if you’re not going to die, don’t worry about it”. Like because of my allergy he would rather not have me as a customer. It made it very difficult to trust the food. We ordered a very basic pasta dish and took off as quickly as we could. It was a special birthday dinner and it got ruined by poor service. No one should have to describe medical details of their conditions in order to feel safe at a restaurant. Aside from this server, it seemed like a very nice place and I overheard other servers handling allergy questions professionally and responsibly. So I would recommend this location, but hope they offer better training to servers going forward.
  14. RD

    RDH5

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptionally good house-made pastas. Went twice in the same weekend. Standouts were a fettucine with goose ragu and agnolotti. Very interesting wines by the glass - out of the ordinary Italian grapes and regions. Excellent service, cool room. Highly recommend.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible from the service to the food! Will definitely be back!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff! Food was delicious!!
  17. HC

    HappyC

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Pesto pasta was a disappointment, not terribly memorable and overpriced. On a previous visit the vegetarian lasagna was incredible. On main courses, the accompaniments were unusual and didn't seem to enhance the main course. Staff was very attentive and ambiance was relatively nice. Cost of the entire evening was very high considering the food choices.
  18. BR

    BeverleyR

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been dining at Solo Italiano for 2 years. The restaurant never disappoints. You are welcomed from the moment you walk in the door. The organic farm greens are always fresh and crispy, the watermelon radish are fabulous and their shaved pecorino is nutty and makes the salad. The food is always superb what ever you choose and presentation is perfect. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Solo is probably our favorite restaurant in Portland.
  19. AP

    AbbyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, good food, fresh & quality ingredients, but still a bit overpriced
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service was very slow. Food was cold -cold. Cheese sauce was congealed cold and I never saw the waiter until my husband was done with his.
  21. GC

    GillianC

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian food I have ever had!
  22. JG

    JenG

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best scallop crudo I’ve ever had
  23. RL

    RobL

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always phenomenal meals
  24. GS

    GeoffreyS

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Professional and knowledgeable service staff. Excellent cuisine. Simply the best!
  25. TD

    TylerD

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have never been disappointed here. The food and the service are always top notch. The drinks are delicious, the knowledge of the food and the explanations of the dishes are always spot on. LOVE IT
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and spectacular service!
  27. DG

    DaleG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really delicious food. Great service. Expensive & a bit loud. I would go again for special occasion. I thoroughly enjoyed everything I ate.
  28. HC

    HappyC

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and the menu selection suited us well. Menu might be a problem for those with gluten or dairy dietary issues. Appetizers seemed very large and perhaps are meant to be shared, but we eat different foods so sharing was not a good option for our party. We wish they had some smaller appetizer choices. The service was fabulous. Our server was very attentive during a busy night, and replaced one item with another instantly when we asked. Our one issue was that they could not offer decaf coffee (apparently a machine that produced it was broken). The pricing is very high end and it did feel as if we were paying more than we should at every stage of the dinner.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent, start to finish. Megan’s service was superb. Food was brilliant.
  30. SL

    SharonL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve was festive and food delicacy!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve — memorable and absolutely delicious!!!
  32. R

    Reed

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Always love Solo, but service was incredibly slow, and many of the dishes, when finally received, were cold. Some plates obviously sat around for quite a while waiting for the rest to be finished. Food is always good, and love the menu, but this was underwhelming this round.
  33. v

    veronica

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    This was a lovely restaurant, and the food was exceptional. We had a wonderful experience until the end after we paid our bill. While finishing our coffee, the manager came to the table and asked us to leave because other people were waiting for our table. We have never experienced this practice before and were disappointed that our lovely meal ended this way-especially in a high-end restaurant.
  34. AJ

    AJDT

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We had a fun and delicious dinner after the Magic of Christmas on a busy Sunday night in the Old Port. The food was amazing and our server was pleasant and informed and professional. As it was a busy evening we had to wait a bit at the start of our service but things came together and we enjoyed the evening.
  35. RW

    RyanW

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service as always. It’s one of our favorite places in Portland.
  36. RC

    RobertC

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous in every way except the very noisy table of 8 near us!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally delicious!!’
  38. SS

    StuS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Great wine. Great atmosphere! Everything was excellent!
  39. CB

    CindieB

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and wonderful experience. While we thought the pasta portions were a bit small, you certainly made up for it with incredible, overflowing desserts! We will return soon!
  40. HZ

    HeatherZ

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a pleasure to go there. Cocktails are truly scrumptious and the food is so good, especially the pesto handkerchief pasta and the burrata prosciutto focaccia!

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 4.6 stars by 2032 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 21 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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