Thursday, June 27, 2013

Portofino - Wyandotte

Portofino is located on the Detroit River in Wyandotte.  People get dressed up and go here for special occasions in the Downriver area.  

Outdoor seating at Portofino's
Their house specialty is a Michigan Perch fry with lemon caper sauce.  They also have lots of Italian dishes as their name suggests.  The best part of the restaurant, though, is the view!  On the night that we went, we saw three freighters pass, and were treated to a wonderful sunset.  You can even see the top of the Detroit Skyline in the distance.

Detroit River from Portofino's
I also love the historic pictures that they have throughout the restaurant that tell the rich history of Wyandotte - which includes Native Americans, the Steel Industry, and Ship Building to name a few pieces of history.   Themed cruises also depart from this location on Fridays.

Interior at Portofino's

The bar at Portofino's

We shared a huge portion of Lasagna, which was a little spicy and a lot cheesy.  Just the way I like it.  It came with Salad and Bread.   I also had a Short's Soft Parade beer.  (Michigan Brewery!)  This is a summer beer that has lots of subtle fruit flavor.  Portofino's bottled Michigan craft beer selection is pretty impressive.  

Half portion of Salad at Portofino's

Half portion of Lasagna at Portofino's and Short's Beer
This is a great location to spend a sunny afternoon or a relaxing evening.   Expect to wait a while on the weekends, and even longer for outside seating on a nice day.  Considering this is a pretty nice restaurant, the prices are really quite reasonable.  Check out this Downriver favorite!

www.portofinoontheriver.com

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