Boothbay Harbor, ME, is a foodie’s paradise. Here, we enjoy a variety of tastes including that of traditional Maine cuisine, gastropub fare, and genuine Italian food. Whenever a craving hits, rest assured that restaurants in Boothbay Harbor are some of the best around! For authentic Italian favorites, there’s no better place than Ports of Italy in Boothbay Harbor. Here are three reasons why this award-winning establishment is worth a try.
The Russell House Bed & Breakfast is situated just 5 minutes away from Ports of Italy in Boothbay Harbor. There are plenty of other restaurants nearby, too! Our ideal location makes it easy for guests to find whatever kind of food they’re craving quickly. Dine on expertly crafted pasta meals one night, then find some scrumptious Maine lobster the next night. For help narrowing down the area’s best dining experiences, download our complimentary Boothbay Harbor Vacation Guide. It is a hand-picked list of our favorite eateries, boutiques, outdoor activities, and much more!
3 Reasons Why Ports of Italy in Boothbay Harbor Is One of the Best Italian Restaurants
The Food Tells a Story
Sante Calandri has been Ports of Italy’s owner since 2010. A native Italian who later moved to New York City, Calandri represents the essence of hard work in the food and beverage industry. Before tackling Ports of Italy, Calandri worked in four different restaurants, two of them located in the heart of Central Italy. Now, he enjoys his escape from hectic city life by serving simple and delicious dishes true to his roots. He and his chef work together to surprise guests with bold, perfectly mixed flavors. Ports of Italy’s Boothbay Harbor location is one of two locations in Maine.
The Plates Are Casual, Yet Sophisticated
Of all fine dining in Boothbay Harbor, Ports of Italy has one of the most approachable menus. Their dinner menu is divided into four sections: Salads and antipasti, homemade pasta dishes, small vegetable plates, and meat entrees. All meals come with fresh, house-made bread served simply in a paper bag. It is not uncommon for Sante Calandri himself to come by tables and get involved in the experience!
For pasta lovers, we recommend trying the Gnocchi ai 4 Formaggi, which consists of handmade potato dumplings in a creamy 4-cheese sauce. Meat-eaters will love the timeless Porchetta di Ariccia, which is the restaurant’s famous “suckling pig” porchetta with herb-roasted potatoes and broccoli. Everything at this slice of Italy in Boothbay Harbor is delicious, so it’s hard to go wrong!
The Drinks and Desserts Are to Die For
Ports of Italy boasts a drink menu of eight signature cocktails and a long list of fine wines. Calandri is known for his selection of white wines that compliment the dishes, so be sure to try one of the server’s recommended pairings. In terms of cocktails, the Ports of Italy signature martini is a wonderful choice.
Though petite, Ports of Italy’s desserts are delectable. The dessert menu features seven selections, so narrowing it down is difficult. We recommend choosing between the popular Cannoli Siciliani and Tiramisù Della Nonna. There are just as many dessert wines available, including house-made Amaretto and Limoncello. Be sure to leave room for a sweet treat at the end of the meal.
Luxurious Lodging Near Boothbay Harbor’s Best Restaurants
When staying at Russell House Bed & Breakfast, guests experience the best of Boothbay Harbor food. After indulging at Ports of Italy, be sure to also check out The Pub at Newagen Seaside Inn and The Deck at Linekin Bay Resort. The Pub is the best restaurant for locally sourced meats, fresh Maine lobster, and farm-to-table produce. The Deck offers boaters a unique Dock and Dine experience! However, even non-boaters will love this seaside grill’s modern twists on traditional Maine favorites.
For access to fantastic food, book a stay at Russell House Bed & Breakfast. Our eight chic guest rooms are perfect for getting away and unplugging in luxury. Each room features a queen or king bed, comfortable furnishings, private bathrooms, and hotel amenities. Some rooms even feature gas fireplaces!
How will you treat your taste buds when in Boothbay Harbor? Check out our specials and packages, then start planning a trip today!