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UPDATE: Porto Divino - Reopened as DeLuca's · Jul 11, 01:48 PM

UPDATE:Porto Divino is closed and reopened as DeLuca’s

I have not had a chance to dine there under the new name DeLuca’s Family Restaurant.

If anyone has had a chance to dine there, please feel free to review your experience in the comments section.

They appear to still serve Italian cuisine but have added “Family Restaurant” to their signage.

Below is my original review of Porto Divino.

Originally Posted July 7th, 2005

We sat out on the back patio, and as I drank a bottle of wine, waiting for our Pasta to arrive, we listened to the strangely tranquil sounds of the trains and rail cars adjusting themselves. I guess in the right atmosphere, anything can be pleasing.

For appetizers, we had a Caesar Salad and the Eggplant Fritters. Both were excellent.

I did not leave a drop of sauce to my Lasagna, and cleaned the plate with bread, almost sad to see it all finished. My partner in crime had the spaghetti and meatballs, and only left some on her plate to take home because she absolutely loves cold spaghetti for breakfast.

The wait staff was exuberant to have us there, and were very pleasant. The slight sarcasm in their friendly humour, lightened the mood and brought laughter and smiles to our face.

I once heard some bad reviews about this place from a friend and another from a family member, but my experience was great. Additional points to the fact that we arrived 5 minutes before close, and they still served us a full meal, and at no point caused us to rush.

I will go back here again. Excellent food, good wine, fair price, good atmosphere, and friendly staff that go a little extra bit out of the way for you.

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Elements Restaurant and Lounge · May 17, 01:24 AM

I have had mostly positive experiences here and I will recommend it to everyone and continue to visit once a month or so, maybe twice.

However, for a dining restaurant… the waitresses often lack the finesse and refinement that you would expect for the prices they charge. i.e. properly presenting, opening and serving a bottle of wine…not a hard thing to do and the management should spend more time training the young ladies at this.

BTW. The wait staff are all young females dressed in petite black uniforms ala short skirts.

Back to the point, this place wants to be classy, and has the potential to be classy, but not the refinment or experience to do so. Regardless, it is a fair fine dining experience, and they make an excellent excellent steak (have them with the sweet potato fries). The sushi last time was quite immature and added to the lack of experience and attention to details, but at least they have sushi.

The setting is very relaxing and makes even the most income restricted feel elite.

Make sure to ask for the most current wine list (i have been told a number of times that the wine i selected is not available). The Rock Salt Ribs are great in the lounge with a draft. The Moosehead on tap has been flat for the last two weeks. There is no paying with yout ATM card, but there is a machine that will charge you 1.50 so you can draw cash and pay your bill with that.

I think the owners went just far enough in their standards to pass, but do not exceed to the top of the class. I’ll give them 3 stars, actually 2.5 because the waitress splashed wine on me last time and the wine glass wasn’t rinsed and tasted of soap.

From the beginning, my expectations walking into this place was high, and I guess that is why I am so critical of it. Regardless, it is a worth dining here, just don’t get your hopes up about the sushi.

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