Nestled like a hidden jewel in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Massimo's warmly lit brick and stone grotto walls, fresh flowers and oil paintings of magnificent Italian landscapes transports guests to Florence, Rome and Venice. Guests relax in a richly appointed atmosphere beneath mahogany-beamed ceilings and private parties unwind in their own intimate dining room. Ristorante Massimo offers authentic dishes from all regions of Italy. From innovative concepts to timeless Italian favorites, our executive chef creates each dish with a distinctive, refined touch as found in some of the worlds most celebrated restaurants. Thoroughly unforgettable, unbelievable satisfying. **limited dining room availability offered online**
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
Prosciutto, Peas, Black Truffles, Tagliatelle Pasta, Egg Yolk
House-made tagliatelle pasta served "Carbonara style" with crispy prosciutto, English peas, Parmigiano Reggiano, shaved black truffles and egg yolk (appetizer only)
Massimo's Mom's Recipe
My dining companion and I arrived at the time of our reservation and were promptly greeted and seated at our table. All aspects of our meal were very good - food, service and ambiance.
I am compelled to mention both the Carbonara style pasta dish and the veal chop. Bellissimo!
The wine list provided a Barbaresco Produttori to accompany the first 2 courses and a fabulous Banfi Brunello to go with the secondi.
Absolutely awesome. Make reservations for the dining room and GO!
I would highly recommend the Carbonara. I do ask them to go light on the peas but that is just my preference.
Intimate, personal, homemade with love!
Still the Seacoast's best for romantic, quality dining. Never disappoints!
Phenomenal service, great romantic atmosphere, and delicious food/drinks. Had overcooked steak, mentioned it to the server, and received an entire replacement that was perfectly prepared, no questions asked. Will definitely visit again!
Met our high expectations. Ambience was great, waiter knowledgeable and attentive, and food outstanding. Veal chop was delicious, and dessert one of the best we've had.
The food and service were outstanding. The only drawback was a loud group at a table next to us, otherwise it would've been a perfect night out.
Exemplary food and service! Massimo's always succeeds in delivering the perfect night out!
Always enjoy Massimo's. Food is outstanding, ambiance is elegant.
Food and service was to perfection! My husband and I shared appetizers, one special with steel head trout which was outstanding and the absolutely amazing carbonara. For main course we had veal chop (cooked to perfection) and scallops. Best dinner out in a long long time.
Thank you Michael for your incredible service- job well done!
Wonderful old world charm, atmosphere and service! They don't make em like this anymore. Wife and I love this place!
amazing simply spectacular food and service!
Excellent dinner. All dishes were well prepared and delicious. Handmade pasta. Love the Sicilian Cosmo. Service prompt and unobtrusive. Being able to sit in a restaurant w/o mask unlike MA made me feel like a human again.
Just a good time
First time back in over a year. Excellent t place for our birthday celebration.
Wonderful atmosphere. Very attentive staff. Delicious food. Perfect for a special evening.
Delicious food, excellent service, would definitely recommend!
An enjoyable evening for a birthday celebration at Massimo’s. Service was terrific food was great. Overall wonderful time.
Massimo's is amazing! It's like having a little slice of the North End in Portsmouth. Great food and Massimo is a wonderful host. Highly recommended!!
The perfume bottle on the tables is really hand sanitizer and I appreciate the esthetic. As well as the overall atmosphere. It’s very intimate and high end feeling while being a gem in the neighborhood. I absolutely love finding new high end places to dine with my husband and this is one we are sure to visit again.
We had dinner here last night for my boyfriends birthday and it was amazing! The service was incredible, the menu had so many options, and the food was mind blowing perfection.
I was truly impressed with the level of service we received and a round of applause to the chefs. Everything seemed carefully thought out and the staff worked together to make sure we were always taken care of.
Old world elegance; superb cocktails; professional service.
We loved our experience! I felt completely safe, the food was delicious... it was a perfect evening for our family.
We had a lovely dinner in 4 at the restaurant, the food was exquisite, as always, and the service friendly and respectful. Highly recommend it.
Outstanding as always!
I've travel around and have eaten at a lot of top quality restaurants over the years. But, I always find myself coming back to Massimo's. Exquisite food quality combined with a great atmosphere.
I highly recommend their Cabanara and Kobe beef meatballs!
Amazing, engaging service. A perfect upscale experience, but as welcome and unstuffy as hanging with friends in Italy! Consistently perfect food!
Very nice ambiance and food was good. Great service!
It was all around perfect.
Quiet unique atmosphere, with outstanding food and service.
This restaurant, in my opinion, serves up some of the best Italian food I've ever had. The meatball appetizer is a must. The carbonara pasta dish is always ordered by someone at our table and shared by all. The "Sunday Sauce" is the definition of authentic Italian cuisine. Always order desert, even if you are full, take it home for later...so beautiful and delicious.
This is our go to date night place!♥️
We stumbled across this hidden treasure. If you are looking for an elegant evening for two, or a couples night you will not be disappointed! They truly do pay attention to every detail.
Massimo is a wonderful place for a memorable dining experience!
Amazing! From the food to the service it was spectacular. Might just be our new favorite restaurant! Excellent
Best Italian food in northern New England
The service was not as good as it usually is, as well as the food, it was a bit disappointing.
The food & service are always top notch! If you don’t order the tiramisu with homemade buttercream cotton candy, you’ve done it wrong.
Ristorante Massimo is rated 4.8 stars by 1781 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.