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, Figs Weinkase Lagrein, Prosciutto, Pickled Vegetables
Podda, Chocolate Almond Butter, Strawberries Toma, Honey Roasted Pears, Walnuts
Smoked Mozzarella, Candied Pumpkin, Pepitas Gorgonzola, Romesco, Brussels Sprouts


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

Gambretti e Polenta
Sautéed shrimp agrodolce with polenta, endive, cherry peppers, radish and celery flowers

Vitello e Poverella
an seared Veal scallopini with garbanzo beans, olives, zucchini, pine nuts salad, salsa verde

Pizzetta di Fichi
Black mission Fig tart, Gorgonzola dolce, Merguez sausage, fennel and apple slaw

Polpo alla Griglia
Grilled octopus with charred fennel, chickpeas, romesco sauce, frisee
and black garlic vinaigrette


Primi Piatti

House-made pastas are priced as appetizer and entrée portions

Timpano Ciotola
Rustic baked pasta torte with rigatoni, meatballs, ham cotto, fennel sausage, egg,
and San Marzano marinara over fresh ricotta, basil

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

Gambretti Aquapazza
Squid ink spaghettini with sautéed shrimp in a “crazy water “of heirloom tomatoes,
basil, shaved garlic and olive oil

Tortellini di Granchio
Maine Jonah Crab and ricotta filled Tortellini, with king crab, Meyer lemon saffron sugo,
roasted white and green asparagus, and caviar

Ravioli con Aragosta
Leek ash and corn ravioli with sautéed lobster, green beans, cherry tomato and corn



House-made goat cheese filled burrata with local tomato, watermelon,
arugula, olive oil and balsamic

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

Insalata di Radicchio
Radicchio, Gala apple, walnut salad, gorgonzola cheese,
white balsamic vinaigrette



Filetto di Manzo
Grilled beef tenderloin with crispy potato croquette, sautéed roasted shallot
and garlic, broccoli rabe

Pesce e Gnocchi Arrabiatta
Pan seared NH ground fish, brussels sprouts, potato parsley gnocchi, arribiatta sauce

Pollo e Ciambatta di Cappero
Pan roasted Statler chicken breast with red bell pepper and zucchini ciambatta,
crispy polenta and chive crema

Maiale alla Griglia
Charcoal cooked pork chop, spiced sweet corn polenta, sautéed dandelion greens,
buttercup squash, pinenuts

Capesante con Foie Gras
Foie gras seared scallops, roasted parsnip, brown butter butternut squash sugo,
lacinato greens, cashews

Costoletta di Vitello Saltimbocca
Grilled veal chop with prosciutto, pecorino cheese, crispy eggplant and sage, tomato fresco

Salmone del Atlantico
Pan-seared Atlantic salmon, tri-colored roasted carrots, garbanzo beans, lemon,
aglio e olio vinaigrette, watercress



$7 Each

Potato Croquette, Lacinato Greens Brussels Sprouts Arribiatta
Broccoli Rabe, Garlic Tagliatelle Pasta Aglio e Olio
Roasted Squash, Carrots Crispy Eggplant, Tomato Fresco

Executive Chef: Jethro Loichle
Sous Chef: Anthony Pennacchio

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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