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, Prosciutto, Pickles  Capra Sarda, Artichoke & Olive Tapenade, Orange
Casatica, Tomato Puttanesca Parmigiano, Balsamic Caviar, Dates
Podda, Salted Candied Cashews,
Apple Butter
Toma, Honey Roasted Pears, Walnuts
Smoked Mozzarella, Marinated Tomatoes, Basil Gorgonzola, Garlic Sausage, Romesco


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

Salmone Affumicato
Smoked King Salmon, olive oil cracker, yellow beets, herbed creme fraiche,
crushed pistachio, salmon caviar

Polipo Adriatico
Grilled Adriatic octopus, chorizo, fingerling potato, salsa verde,
Rossa sugo, black garlic

Uovo d’Anatra
Margret duck egg "In a Hole" with focaccia bread, duck conserva,
frisee, stone ground mustard, pickled red onion

Gamberetti con Patata
Crispy potato wrapped shrimp, grilled long onions, smoked tomato aioli


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

Gnudi Gnocchi al Cacio e Pepe
Gnudi style gnocchi with grilled beef short rib, black pepper,
Pecorino Romano, zucchini and mint
$16 / $29

Spaghettini con Aragosta e Gamberetti
Squid ink spaghetti, gulf rock shrimp, Maine lobster, caramelized tomato butter, basil
$18 / $35

Agnolotti Carciofo alla Romana
Kalamata olive and thyme ravioli, rabbit brodo multicolor carrots,
Globe artichokes, and roasted rabbit loin
$15 / $28

Zuppa di Pesce
Zuppa di Pesce, Atlantic cod, scallop, shrimp, fennel, saffron brodetto, mezza rigatoni



Tarta di Burrata
House-Made Burrata cheese with tomato ricotta tart,
Bibb lettuce, balsamic pearls, herb oil

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

Insalata con Ostriche
Baby romaine lettuce, roasted garlic dressing, raw summer squash, zucchini
and crispy Wellfleet oysters



Filetto di Manzo
Grilled Beef Tenderloin served with roasted local squashes, chickpea fritto,
charred broccolini and herb crema

Capesante Almafitana
Pan-roasted Scallops, stewed leeks and bacon, brown butter butternut squash puree,
baby kale, sunflower seed vinaigrette

Cena di Domenica
Sunday Sauce” Braised fennel seed sausage, Nonna's meatballs, pork ribs, beef short rib,
tomato ragout, over creamy polenta, flat leaf parsley, Mountain gorgonzola

Salmone di Re
Pan-Seared wild king salmon, roasted fingerling potatoes, leeks,
salmon roe burro bianco, chives and lemon

Anatra Arrosto
Pan roasted Margret duck breast, celery root puree, hazelnuts, grilled long onion,
roasted pears and fennel agro dulce

Costoletta di Vitello
Grilled Bone-In Veal Chop, with roasted king oyster mushrooms, prosciutto and potato
croquette, marsala wine, sage, arugula, Parmigiano Reggiano

Maiale di Milanese
Crispy buttermilk fried Rabbit leg, extra virgin olive oil mashed potato with
espresso sausage sugo, spaghetti squash, apricot honey



$7 Each

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
EVO Potato Mash Tagliatelle Pasta, Aglio e Olio
Creamy Polenta Sauteed Baby Spinach

Executive Chef: Jethro Loichle

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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