I stopped by Portobello recently for a quick, light lunch since it’s been over a year since my last visit. Upon grabbing a seat at the bar, I ordered a water, to which a passing waiter suggested I order some whiskey instead. Awkward. Looking over the menu, I saw some non-alcoholic Italian Specialty drinks. I thought the Sopresa di Fragolino sounded good, with its mix of strawberry blends and lemonade. When I ordered, the bartender noted that the drink was non-alcoholic and if that was okay, to which I replied, “Yes.” The drink wasn’t too sweet, and refreshing on the warm day we were having.
While looking over the menu, I was brought a plate of bread and olive oil with roasted garlic.
Both breads were fresh tasting and were delicious with a bit of the oil and some smashed, roasted garlic.
For my lunch, I ordered the Caprese Salad, described as having local vine ripe tomatoes, fresh cow’s milk mozzarella, basil and Portobello’s signature extra virgin olive oil (the same as is served with the garlic above). The bartender asked if I would like some balsamic vinegar as well, to which I obliged, and she put a pour on the plate. At this point, yet another passing waiter walked by and suggested I get the Raspbasilico, another alcoholic beverage. They certainly like to push the booze here…
I’d say the salad was okay. The tomatoes were a bit mealy, as if they’ve been sitting in a cooler for a while, and weren’t as ripe as I would have liked. The mozzarella was mild and slightly creamy, and nicely absorbed a bit of the balsamic. Some more care could have been taken in the preparation of the basil, perhaps a chiffonade as opposed to a rough chop, but the flavor was there.
I’d certainly consider ordering the Caprese Salad again, though I might wait until they are in season. Then again, even an in-season tomato can get mealy when stored in too-cold temperatures. Otherwise, I still need to try one of their wood-burning pizzas!
Here’s a look at Portobello’s menu:
If you’ve dined at Portobello, let us know what you ordered and how your experience was!