Portofino’s restaurant, located at 897 Post Road in Warwick, Rhode Island, has been an institution in Rhode Island for the last 25 years. Under the ownership of the Alves family, Portofino’s became known as a “wonderful little Italian restaurant” and was a popular place to meet friends or celebrate a special occasion. In 2004, the Alves sold the restaurant to a gentleman that didn’t have the same passion about Portofino’s. So in November of 2006, Elizabeth and her two children, Philip and Nicole, bought the restaurant with every intention of bringing it back to life. The first thing they did was change the name to Elizabeth of Portofino’s so everyone would know that she had arrived.
Elizabeth renovated in January of 2007, and created her own identity of Portofino’s without sacrificing the rich history that was started here so many years ago. As you enter the restaurant, the rich golden tones and the soft lighting make you feel like you just walked into Portofino, Italy. Elizabeth and her family have added their personal touches such as being greeted by Elizabeth or her two children, biscottis with all hot drinks, and a delicious creme lemonciello served after dinner with pizzelles are just a few ‘extras’ to make you feel at home.
All of these special touches make this an inviting restaurant to have dinner any night of the week or to celebrate a special occasion. Elizabeth’s Portofino is a place you can come casually dressed and be seated in the cafe which hosts the beautiful hand painted Portofino seaside mural, or you can be seated in the elegant dining room which is filled with flowers and candlelit tables. Both share the aroma of the kitchen which is serving hearty ethnic Italian dishes and light fare as well. You can’t pass up the roasted garlic served with warm bread and extra virgin olive oil brought to every table. Also, in the warmer weather, come check out the outdoor patio overlooking the cranberry pond. You can order from the regular menu or the bistro menu in all three dining rooms. Come see the old meet the new. Elizabeth of Portofino’s is here to stay.
Developed by Head Chef Joe Zacovic, the Elizabeth of Portofino menu combines a tempting mixture of Italian and fresh seafood.
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Headed up by owner and restaurant manager Elizabeth Krause, Elizabeth of Portofino is destined to become one of Rhode Island’s most talked-about restaurants.
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