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Ranked #3 of 89 Restaurants in Rockland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Italian and Mediterranean inspired menu...James Beard Award winning Chef Melissa Kelly prepares Farm to Table Cuisine in a restored farmhouse. 4 Acres of kitchen gardens, heritage pigs & chickens supply the restaurant with the freshest ingredients. Primo is both a gem to our local clientele as well as a culinary destination for food lovers in search of casually elegant dining. Supporting local and sustainable farms & businesses. Creative & seasonal cocktails, artisanal breads, handmade pastas, gelato and much more. Sundays and Thursdays come for $1 oyster night at the bar or join us for our small plates menu at our new Antipasti Counter. WE HAVE 40-50 SEATS AVAILABLE FOR GUESTS DROPPING IN WITHOUT RESERVATIONS.....THERE IS ALWAYS A PLACE !!! Private Salon on the second floor for up to 14 guests or reserve one of the original parlor rooms. Make a reservation or feel free to drop in to our lounge area.
Reviewed 11 August 2014

This very expensive restaurant is on a hill in an old house. By in large the food was excellent but in one entre merely ordinary. The high point for me was an outstanding small amuse of lobster bisque. The service was informal and quite good. The restaurant requires reservations. Apparently, one can eat without reservations in the bar where small plates are available.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

August 8, 2014, marked our third trip to Primo in Rockland. We found this visit to be consistent with the other two. The menu and specials offered a wide range of gourmet cuisine. The service was of a good standard. The large wait staff is trained and professional. The prices are as high as expected. The only thing different this time is that my wife and I both remarked on the portion sizes and value. I don't think portions have changed but our reaction upon paying a $110 check was to remark on the portion size of the entree's. In my case, it was really disappointing that there was so little of the homemade spicy sausage that highlighted my pasta dish. I savored every little six or seven bits but come on! A dish like this would cost $18 - $20 at a lesser restaurant and would have had one-third more food and one wouldn't have to search for sausage. Here, the price was $30.The fact that we split a very nice salad and ordered wonderful profiteroles for desert meant we didn't leave hungry and enjoyed the experience (although our otherwise thoughtful waitress entirely forgot a second drink order and we chose not to remind her).

We would still recommend the restaurant, especially for first-timers interested in fine dining and a large and creative menu. But we both agreed that the value aspect has, for us, assumed a somewhat different and more important share of how we think of Primo. Wonderful food but just a bit of a let-down.

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2  Thank goer33
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Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

As two foodies living in Europe, we always love to dine at restaurants that leave a memorable experience. The food and service (Benjamin was our server) at Primo was excellent. Our server was knowledgable about how everything was prepared - and we asked a lot of questions. We had a $100 gift cert and paid an extra $75 for the tab (2 cocktails, 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 glass of wine)
Only feedback:
1. The English lavender Maine ginger beer cocktail was slightly overpowered by the ginger so the lavender seemed nonexistent.
2. Wine choices: even in the finest restaurants in Paris, Rome and Vienna you can get better priced wine! The average price of wine was $10 a glass or $40 a bottle. There should always be a "house" available for around $25.

My starter (octopus) was divine and my main (scallops) were excellent. They were slightly oily. Recommend doing a more wood-fired style like the octopus.

My husbands starter (Italian charcuterie) was good. The prosciutto wasn't aged and was very fatty. We visit Italy regularly and the meat on this platter was not on par. Pate was fab. My husbands main (seared tuna) was cooked rare and was melt in the mouth tender.

We will return on our next trip to Maine. Hoping for a better priced wine selection ;-) and maybe we will bring some Italian cured meat to share with the chef

Thank jlunden
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

A few minutes after we had been seated in the bar area, we completely forgot the hour we had waited to get in after having arrived with no reservation on a Monday evening. That hour wasn't so bad anyway on a perfect August evening. We spent it alternately on the porch and exploring the surrounding gardens.
When we indicated to the waiter that we wanted to share small plates among the six of us, he threw himself into facilitating our approach, making sure the dozen or so plates we ordered came out at a pace we could handle. Many of the dishes were standouts, including the proscuitto-wrapped scarmorza, Tuscan ribs, Moroccan lamb kebabs, and an arugala salad. There was also an excellent plate of crudites, most or all of which came from Primo's garden. The deep-fried stuffed olives weren't up to snuff (they scalded my fingers with hot juice when I bit into them, but then didn't taste like much). The roasted turnips were a real disappointment--they were just bland, not richly flavored like when my wife makes them.
Desserts were terrific, and the atmosphere in an old victorian house was lively and attractive.

One thing the management might want to pay attention to--parking on a busy night became a bit helter-skelter. In the confusion, some patrons couldn't be bothered to keep a clear path through the main drive past the building, intruding on either side of it. I can't imagine this situation meets local fire regulations, a significant consideration for a packed wood structure with a highly active kitchen. Is it asking too much that Primo hire a couple of high school kids to guide patrons to legitimate parking spots?

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1  Thank Hume V
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Second time here and just as good as the last. Highly recommended!! Mid Coast Maine at it's best. Oyster night Thursday and Sunday..

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1  Thank Chris B
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