Restaurant Review: Portofino Ristorante NYC – By Wandering Chef Manoj Chopra

Restaurant Review: Portofino Ristorante NYC – By Wandering Chef Manoj Chopra
Restaurant Review: Portofino Ristorante NYC – By Wandering Chef Manoj Chopra

Photo Credit : Portofino Ristorante

Surprisingly an Italian restaurant owner recommended me to check out this classic, old world style Italian restaurant in the heart of Forest Hills, New York City. He said the food there was top notch. Being a sucker for Italian cuisine, I decided to give it a try.

The outside spelled Fine Dine with warm welcoming exteriors, and decorated beautifully with well groomed and exotic plants . The food aromas that you can inhale from a distance ( an important sign of good food) is what will immediately draw you in and almost instantaneously transport you to Italy.

They have a very Interesting menu , with specials of the day – another good sign of things to come.

Photo Credit : Portofino Ristorante

From house salads served with oil and vinegar to entrees like red snapper cooked in wine, eggplant parmigiana, a wide selection of pizzas, and with desserts like the chocolate mousse, berry cream torte, you will be spoilt for choice. And they are absolutely delicious.

I tried the special appetizer of the day – Stuffed Artichoke that was excellent, mildly spiced with Ricotta Cheese. I paired it with Vodka, shot of Cranberry juice and topped with club soda.

Stuffed Artichoke

The Eggplant Parmigiana was very aromatic with flavors of homemade tomato sauce , garlic & cheese.

Eggplant Parmigiana

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Absolutely loved the beautifully presented Grilled Rib Eye Steak served with Cipollini & roasted peppers . It was very juicy medium done (just how I like it) , tender and tasty. The atmosphere is so very relaxing and with the accordion playing in the background, I truly felt like I was having a meal at an authentic Italian restaurant in Italy.

I know I surprised you guys with this recommendation from New York. So if you live in NYC, or planning a visit, please ensure to add this to a must-try restaurant in the Big Apple. Am sure you will love it.

Address: 109-32 Ascan Ave, Queens, NY 11375 Tel : (718) 261-1239

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