Restaurant Review Ristorante Massimo Portsmouth NH

Our Dinner at Massimo’s in Portsmouth…

As someone who appreciates fine cuisine, I often dine at Ceia in Newburyport. For a special occasion this past weekend, though, I invited some friends to go to Portsmouth NH to Ristorante Massimo.  This had been my favorite restaurant in a previous life, Ristorante Massimo’s (formerly known as Anthony Alberto’s, Massimo bought out his partner),  but I hadn’t been there in over ten years. Now I am fully aware of why I loved it so much! Massimo was overjoyed to see me, we hugged, and then he offered my companions the option of not having to share a table with me. Yes, he remembered me. ☺ A large, personable man, Massimo runs a tight ship. He acts as Maitre D’, greeting everyone as they come in, thanking them as they leave, and patrolling the two dining rooms to make sure everything is perfect. And it is. This place is a class act.

Restaurant Review Ristorante Massimo Portsmouth NH

This is dining with a clearly European flair, tablecloths, fine china, staff in black tie… The service is impeccable without being imposing. Located in the basement of the former customs house; the granite and brick walls are covered with paintings, and the extensive wine collection covers one interior wall. Massimo knows his wines well, and you won’t go wrong following the recommendations of the staff.  The wines are very carefully chosen, with a great selection from Italy, and very reasonably priced.

Our group consisted of several “foodies”, including one former chef.  I’m not going to bore you with detailed descriptions, but everything was excellent, and none of us could think of anything that could have been prepared better. Everyone was ecstatic about the food. This was a truly great meal.

When the desserts arrived, as we sampled different things, in tasting one dessert I apparently, and unconsciously, reacted with a groan of pleasure. This caused great hilarity and I was mercilessly teased for the rest of the evening. I blame Massimo for this. Ristorante Massimo is possibly the best restaurant on the New Hampshire Seacoast. I know it is once again my favorite, and if I can ever land a date, that’s where I’ll be taking her!! Visit the Ristorante Massimo Portsmouth NH Restaurant at 59 Penhallow Street .

This Restaurant review was prepared by John Wells, REALTOR at Wellsco Realty. Reach John by phone at 978-518-1481 or by email at

About Editor-John P. Wells

I am a resident of Newburyport and have worked in education, high tech and urban development. My interests in architecture and construction are invaluable to my clients. For more information please visit the Wellsco website.