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“Excellent”
Review of Il Portico

Il Portico
Ranked #20 of 49 Restaurants in Baveno
Price range: US$12 - US$59
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Restaurant Il Portico, is recently enriched with the "Pizza Longa" (oval pizza) and offers an accurate kitchen with local, Italian and foreign specialties. The comfortable dining rooms can receive till 120 people. Our personnel is able to meet the needs of different requests: from the private clientele till tourist groups, from private parties till pizza-evenings on birthdays, from brunches till working diners, from communions till confirmations. We dispose over a rich buffet of hors d'oeuvres and other season's specialties, to offer our clientele a large variety in choise. The menu a la carte, which varies on basis of availability of fresh season's products, offers for everyone's taste courses which go beyond the vegetarian specialties or that are dedicated to those who suffer from food intolerances. Our pizzeria introduces the "pizza longa" (oval pizza) of tasteful paste after a long and natural fermentation. The wine cellar offers the possibility to choose between some of the best Italian wine labels, especially those of Piemont. To start the day in a good way, breakfast is served at the buffet with different kinds of jam, white and brown bread, different kinds of sandwich filling and cheese, corn flakes, fruit juices and a large varied offer of hot drinks.
Reviewed 17 July 2013

On the last night of our 3 night stay we ate here - fabulous. I had risotto, my husband veal - both very tasty. Salad was good plentiful delicious bread, and house wine very reasonable and drinkable. Given some of the prices we have paid for average food this was excellent food at average prices!! Service attentive, but not overbearing. We will be back to Lake Maggiore, and we will be back to II Portico.

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Thank Elaine L
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

This was the best food we ate during our stay in Baveno. We went once at the beginning of our stay and we both had homemade soup for starters which came in a huge bowl and was very hearty, full of vegetables and was delicious. Then we had pork with vegetables and roast potatoes and duck in shallots also with vegetables and roasties. The food was gorgeous and we were too full to order dessert. We had wine and water with the meal and it came to around 57 euros for the lot! The staff were very helpful and attentive without making you feel rushed or pressurised and there was a nice atmosphere in spite of the fact that it was very busy. We enjoyed it so much that we made a reservation to come back another night at the end of our stay.
The second time we came we both had beef flank steak with a tomato and cheese topping which sounds a bit odd but really worked! Then the manageress came over with a plate of freshly baked foccacia which she said she had just made and wanted us to try free of charge and it was absolutely delicious. This time we wanted to try dessert and we had pannacota, one chocolate and one raspberry and they too were delicious. Again we had wine and water with the meal and it came to around 59 euros. I cannot fault the staff or the food in any way, it was a lovely experience and I would recommend this restaurant to anybody.

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1  Thank PeanutDotJU
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

My wife who is Italian ordered polenta with a mushroom sauce which was poorly presented and tasted how it looked.
I had spaghetti with a tomato and basle sauce which wasn't bad.
Overall disappointed.

Thank SurreyVulture
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

This was easily the best food we ate on our trip. The three adults with the group all agreed. Very cool place, right on the square so if you have kids they can run around and you can watch them while you eat. Great wine selection, and affordable. My only complaint was the service, as we had been waiting for a table and when it was given to us, some other waiter came out and tried to ask us to stand and give it to some Italian-speakers who had just shown up. We have two young kids so we didn't give it up (the other waiter was arguing on our behalf), but it made us uncomfortable and we were clearly in the right. The waiter was rolling his eyes at us, etc. - but "when in Italy" I guess... It wasn't enough to keep us from going back a second time. I would recommend a reservation as it was packed every night we were there.

1  Thank John L
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

Don't be fooled by the set menu if you are on a budget as the food off the set menu is often cheaper.

Thank Michi099
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