One of the newest restaurants in Montrose, Portobello’s takes the space once occupied by Havana Beach. The new owners removed the booths and redecorated sparingly with dark wood tables, stone-tile floors and posters of turn-of-the-last-century Italian liquor ads framed on the mustard-hued walls.
In spite of paper place mats, it is a more formal restaurant. Pizzas ($8 to 10), like the pizza alla Siciliana, can have roasted eggplant, baked ricotta and garlic, and are topped with mozzarella basil sauce. Pasta dishes come with chicken, sausage or beef ragu, or the spaghetti ala Vongolle ($15) has clams and muscles in a wine sauce.
Main courses are one place you will find the more Mediterranean influences like chicken or beef kebabs ($14), which our friendly waitress considered the specialties of the house, the meat being very tender.