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Nestled in historic downtown Portsmouth, Ristorante Massimo offers guests world-class Italian cuisine and the finest hospitality found in only the most celebrated restaurants. From innovative concepts to timeless Italian favorites, each dish is handcrafted and made with great attention to detail by our award-winning executive Chef Jethro Loichle.

The restaurant and its restaurateur Massimo Morgia have been a staple in Portsmouth since 1994. Today Ristorante Massimo offers several styles of seating which are perfect for an aperitivo or for enjoying a multi-course meal. Guests can enjoy lighter fare, small bites, or simply a cocktail in the award-winning upstairs wine bar. For those seeking a more formal dining experience, the main dining room offers an intimate setting with warmly lit brick and stone grotto walls, and oil paintings of magnificent Italian landscapes that will transport you to Italy’s countryside.

Accolades

Most Romantic Restaurant in NH    ~    Food and Wine Magazine, 2018
Most Romantic Restaurant    ~    Bon Appetit, 2017
Award of Excellence    ~    Wine Spectator, 8-time recipient
Best Romantic Restaurant    ~    Phantom Gourmet, 2016
Editor’s Choice Award    ~    Yankee Travel Magazine, 5 consecutive years

Our Style of Culinary Design

Three essential ingredients define Chef Loichle’s vision for our menu; Warmth, passion and evolution. Our chef’s vision for your dining experience is to bring you back in time, perhaps evoking a dining memory of old. Often times a simple smell or a complex flavor will remind you of a time with family, a favorite excursion abroad, or a special comfort food prepared with you in mind. This is the “warmth” you will always find at the dinner table in an Italian home.

Jethro Loichle’s passion for delivering authentic five-star Italian cuisine is evident in the flavors, his exhaustive research, the thoughtful selection of ingredients, and his creation of dishes. The menu is carefully assembled from regions of Italy where the seasons are reflective of our climates, and the foods pay homage to Italy’s rich history of unparalleled cuisine.

His passion for delighting guests is what inspires constant evolution of the menu. Guests can always anticipate new items to sample, while always ensured the finest Italian cooking. The fare is not overcomplicated. It is complex in flavor and authenticity.

News & Events

Let Us Host Your Holiday Party

Contemplating where to hold your holiday event? Looking for a place that says a little more and has your guests feeling a bit spoiled during this magical season? Well look no further. Just around the corner is Ristorante Massimo’s, serving world-class Italian cuisine. Whether you’re hosting a corporate event or family gathering, we can accommodate a variety of group sizes.

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The Perfect Pocket-Size Gift

Surprise friends, family, love ones, employees and your postal carrier with the tastiest gift out there - The Ristorante Massimo Gift Card. Gift cards in any amount can be ordered by calling Ristorante Massimo at (603) 436-4000. In the case that it is off-hours, we invite you to use the form found in this website. 

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Voted One of the Nation’s Most Romantic Restaurants

We did it again! The food experts at The Daily Meal compiled their list of “Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.” and selected Ristorante Massimo. Our waitstaff is deeply attuned to the emotional experience of our patrons, ensuring first-class hospitality found in the world's finest restaurants. We are truly honored that The Daily Meal recognized this attention to detail and the dining experience we work tirelessly to create.

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