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“My first choice Italian restaurant in Macau”
Review of Portofino

Portofino
Ranked #269 of 943 Restaurants in Macau
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Introducing a wonderful slice of Italy at The Venetian(R) Macao serving Italian classics in a stylish and contemporary setting. Or, dine al fresco overlooking the swimming pools on the spacious outdoor patio. Either way, you'll love our little Italy! Signature dishes include: Parma Ham Pizza; Chilled Seafood Tower; Risotto alle Capesante.
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Having visited the restaurant a dozen of times. The menu is the same (except for the prices) so we can always order my favorite food. This time we ordered baked oysters, crab meat and king prawn linguine and cod fish. The oysters and linguine are as outstanding as usual but we don't like the cod fish very much.
They can always maintain the standard of their food quality so you can expect to have the same taste very time you order the same food. In general, seafood of the restaurant are better than the other food.
The service provided by the staff members and the food prices are both lower than those from 5-star hotels.

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4  Thank siu hong cyril S
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Nicely decorated restaurant in the Venetian Macau. A rather extensive menu and the food was above average and the service was very good. Not the best Italian restaurant I have ever been in Asia.

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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

+++ Very beautiful restaurant
+++ very professional staff and efficient
--- staff not smiling at all
--- took flammed salmon that was not good at all and very small quantities. Pizza was average

1  Thank Loic B
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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Slow slow food service.

Friendly staff but food takes over 45 min to over an hour.

They have enough people working but no one understands customer service.

Food is ok but not for the price.

1  Thank CHRISTIAN M
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

This is the Italian restaurant located in Venetian, Cotai Macau, and when first arriving I am sure you would find the four scooters parked in front interesting. No wonder my brother-in-law quickly jumped onto one and took a photo. We were then led to the upper floor where the environment gave me a good first impression, with warm lighting, good space between tables, and also overlooking the open kitchen where the chefs are busy preparing for the dinner.

With four of us this time we were able to sample more dishes. For starters we had the Vongole al Cartoccio, which are clams with white wine and garlic baked in parchment paper. With the juice of the clams retained by this cooking process, it added extra flavors and sweetness to the clams, paired perfectly with the sauce. The clams were all of good size, fresh and tender.

Another appetizer we got was Vongole stile Portughese, which is Portuguese style clams sauteed with chorizo, garlic and white wine. Though similar in ingredients, the flavors are comparable not as good as the other clam dish. The chorizo gave its signature taste to the dish but we all rated the baked clams were far superior.

We each ordered our own soup, with me going for the Minestrone alla Genovese. I cooked this soup many times at home and so I wanted to see whether this one can surpass mine. A good soup certainly, with plenty of vegetables, though I have to say it did not have sufficient pesto, which in my opinion is the essence for the soup.

My sister-in-law had the Cioppino, a thick soup made from shrimps, clams, mussels, fish fillet, white wine and fresh tomato. She regarded the soup as too salty and despite the waiter diligently asked the chef to add more stock to dilute, overall it was still too overpowering for her liking. My brother-in-law had the Zuppa di Cavolfiore, the cream of cauliflower, with broccolini coulis and crispy pancetta.

From the grill we ordered the Bistecca di Wagyu M7, the grilled Australian Wagyu M7 sirloin, and even though I did not sample, from the feedback of the others it seemed it was very well-prepared, with the beef juicy and nice, cooked to perfection.

For pasta we had the Tagliarini con Ricci di Mare e Bottarga, a tagliarini with sea urchin, mullet bottarga and sun dried tomato. A decent pasta which I did not have much comment.

On the main I had the Dentice Rosso alla Ligure, baked whole snapper with taggiasca olives, capers, tomatoes, potatoes and white wine. Unfortunately this was the worst dish on the night, with the snapper having a bit of muddy taste and the flavors from the other ingredients not particularly well-harmonized. Quite a disappointment if you ask me.

To fill our stomach we also had a Capricciosa pizza, with mozzarella, cooked ham, mushrooms, artichokes, black olives, spicy sausages and tomatoes. The crust was crispy and the ingredients were a perfect combination to make the pizza both enjoyable and filling.

On the night we also ordered two bottles of wine, a Ceretto Blange and a Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino, With a 10% discount coming from the VIP card from the casino, the total bill was $3022, which was surprisingly inexpensive considering the setting and the amount of food we ordered. Though it would not be a top-notch Italian restaurant as it claimed to be.

My overall rating is 60/100.

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1  Thank Peter C
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