Boothbay Harbor offers some of the best quality food you can find in Maine, and Ports of Italy is without a doubt at the top of the list. Here, diners enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere that feels just like home. If you want to experience Boothbay Harbor in an original and tasteful way, Ports of Italy is the culinary journey you’re looking for! Discover our top three reasons to eat at this restaurant and make your stay at Topside Inn even more unique.
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Ports of Italy: An Authentic Italian Taste
1. A Savory Experience for Your Palate
Stepping into Ports of Italy is like stepping into your childhood memories. You can always smell something delightful cooking in the kitchen! The restaurant boasts a smart yet casual atmosphere, and the menu displays a beautiful selection of a la carte seafood, meats, and pasta dishes cooked in the Italian tradition. Be sure to save room for dessert; Ports of Italy offers a variety of gourmet desserts as well as an impeccable wine selection.
Local Tip: If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try the signature Ports of Italy Martini. It’s made with raspberry vodka, ginger ale, a splash of sour mix, and a chianti floater.
2. An Environmentally-Friendly Bistro
When you’re so close to the sea and surrounded by farmland, you have your pick of the best ingredients. That’s why Ports of Italy supports the local food scene by cultivating partnerships with local distributors and growers. Portions are kept small to ensure freshness, and everything is homemade: pasta, ravioli, bread, dessert, and more. The restaurant also tries to limit its environmental imprint on the planet by using free-range eggs and locally-grown produce.
3. An Owner as Authentic as the Food
Restaurateur Sante Calandri is the brains behind this operation. Originally from Perugia, Italy, Calandri has been in the business since he was only 13. He worked in several famous restaurants in Trevi, Fiumicino, and Rome before moving to New York City where he became a maitre D’. In 2010, Calandri decided to relocate to Boothbay Harbor and purchased Ports of Italy.
“In Italy, we don’t know how to cook,” he says. “We don’t do fancy things. It’s always simple!” This modest philosophy, combined with inspiration from his mother’s cooking and chef Fabrizio Ventricini’s creativity, make Ports of Italy simply delicious.
Book Yourself an Authentic Weekend at Topside Inn
Did you know that Ports of Italy is only a three-minute walk from Topside Inn? You can taste the best food Boothbay Harbor has to offer when you stay with us. Book a cozy room in our main house or in one of our guest houses and enjoy incredible water and sunset views during your visit.
Located on the second floor of our Inn, Room 4 is a bright and spacious king suite with a private bath and great amenities. It’s the perfect place to return to after dinner! In the morning, start your day with a full delicious breakfast and get ready to explore beautiful Boothbay Harbor. We look forward to having you!