Ristorante Massimo

Ristorante Massimo    
59 Penhallow Street   
Portsmouth, NH 03801   
(603) 436-4000   

Est. 1994   


Ristorante Massimo

Creative Approach

Only the finest. We select seafood, meats, fruits, and vegetables based on freshness, variety, and most important—flavor. We actively seek seasonal ingredients, cure our own meats, and make our own bread and pastas from scratch.

Using New England delicacies like Maine lobster and Bang's Island mussels, Ristorante Massimo is an Italian restaurant that deliciously transforms timeless Italian favorites. Our executive chef individually creates each entree with a distinctive, refined touch. Unbelievably satisfying. Thoroughly unforgettable.

(See our menu for Upstairs at Massimo's Wine Bar)

$7 each or three for $18

Caciocavallo, Cacciatorini, Honey, Olives  Capra Sarda, Caramelized Tomato Passata, Basil
Casatica, Pickled Fennel, Apple, Beet Weinkase Lagrein, Prosciutto, Pickled Vegetables
Podda, Chocolate Almond Butter, Strawberries Toma, Honey Roasted Pears, Walnuts
Smoked Mozzarella, Ham Cotto, Piperade Gorgonzola, Romesco, Brussels Sprouts


Maria’s Polpette alla Romana
Kobe Beef Meatballs, San Marzano marinara, ricotta, basil pesto, local greens

Arancini Dorate
Crispy ramp arancini with roasted red and golden beets, goat cheese,
basil and pistachios, blood orange aioli

Gamberi e Panzenella
Native rock shrimp with Panzenella of croutons, cherry tomatoes and
cucumbers, white balsamic, olive oil, basil

Tutte le Verdure
Grilled local zucchini, grilled ricotta salata, oven roasted tomatoes, olive dust,
smoked tomato sugo, zucchini blossom, mint salad

Polipo Adriatico
Roasted Adriatic octopus with fingerling potato, green bean and
cherry tomato salad, black garlic vinaigrette


Primi Piatti

House-made pastas are priced as appetizer and entrée portions

Tagliatelle Carbonara di Lazio
House-made tagliatelle pasta, English peas, shaved black truffle, egg yolk,
Parmigiano Reggiano and crispy prosciutto
$15 / $28

Spaghettini con Aragosta
Black pepper Spaghettini, butter poached Lobster, sautéed asparagus,
cherry tomatoes, garlic scape, Burro Bianco
$18 / $35

Gnocchi con Gamberetti
Toasted Semolina gnocchi, baby spinach, roasted cherry tomatoes,
native shrimp, garlic emulsion
$16 / $29

Ravioli con Polpette
Ravioli filled with ricotta and anise, San Marzano tomato - roasted Bell pepper ragout,
fennel sausage, meatballs, ricotta salata, fresh basil and parsley
$15 / $28

Casunsiei con Agnello
Farmers cheese and beet Ravioli, butter softened leeks, leek ash,
with Pan-roasted Rack of Lamb



Burrata with salami, chopped hazelnuts,
seasonal greens, green onion oil

Insalata Mista di Campagna
 Sandy Hill Farm greens, Casatica cheese, vegetable sott'olio

Insalata di Ibisco
Shaved apple and pear, tardivo, ricotta salata,
hibiscus vinaigrette



Filetto di Manzo
Grilled Beef Tenderloin served with Maine lobster-stock bread pudding,
roasted cauliflower and artichokes, green peppercorn demi-glace

Zuppa di Pesce
Sautéed local Cod, clams, mussels, shrimp and scallop in a San Marzano brodetto
with green and red Bell peppers

Capesante Scottate
Pan-roasted Scallops with stewed rice, salsa verde,
snap peas and watermelon radish insalata

Osso Buco Brasato
Braised Veal Osso Buco, farmers cheese arancini, olives, rosemary,
fennel and citrus

Pollo alla “Cacciators”
Pan roasted Chicken Breast, with green and red Bell pepper salad,
local mushrooms and a roasted garlic emulsion

Costoletta di Vitello
Grilled Bone-In Veal Chop, sprouts with bacon strice, olive oil-potato puree, demi-glace

Maiale di Milanese
Crispy Pork Chop with a triple-creamed polenta, sauteed salami,
Marcona almonds, arugula and lemon



$7 Each

Arancini, Grapefruit, Fennel Brussels Sprouts, Bacon
EVO Potato Mash Tagliatelle Pasta, Aglio e Olio
Green Onion risotto Bean Puree, Crispy Artichokes

Executive Chef: Jethro Loichle
Sous Chef: Michael Lemery

The State of New Hampshire advises that consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase the risk of foodborne illness, Please advise your server of any food allergies or dietary restrictions



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