Locanda Portofino

1110 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
1 (310) 394 2070

This is a romantic and intimate restaurant where the food is really a step above. Menu items that I wouldn’t consider ordering at other restaurants because I know I could cook better, I don’t hesitate to order here. Some of our favorites are the flash fried calamari and the baked eggplant parmesan appetizers. They have gnocchi with pesto sauce that is to die for; my wife says the penne with vodka is the best in town and my personal favorite is the osso buco that is often a special.

But the food is only part of the reason we have become regulars. Locanda Portifino encapsulates the whole experience. This is one of the few restaurants in all of Los Angeles where I stop analyzing the meal and simply exist in the dining event. The waiters are welcoming and happy to discuss the menu. They suggest wine parings without the slightest hint of attitude and they never rush you from the table.

This is the place to go if you want an early meal with the kids, a romantic dinner for two or some passionate discussion with friends. No matter what your party’s desire, they always make you feel welcome.

Re: Locanda Portofino

Our foodie friend Dennis took us here first. Then I set up one of my favorite couples by sending them to Locando Portofino on their first date. It is absolutely one of my favorite places to go out with my husband, my girlfriends and our close friends from out of town. Don’t forget to order their semi-freddo for dessert. Heavenly!

Re: Locanda Portofino

Based on your recommendation, I visited this restaurant during a recent trip to L.A. I felt like I was in Italy. Or, at least, New York. The food was delicious. We ate a lot; my favorite dishes included the gnocchi, the green & white taglietelli w/sausage and the flash-fried calamari. The service and atmosphwere were also lovely.