Kennebunkport cuisine may best be known for lobster but there's a new restaurant in town that has people thinking Italian. Ports of Italy opened in late spring 2015 and brings an authentic Cucina Italiana to a town awash in seafood (not that we're complaining).
Located at the edge of the bridge that connects Kennebunk to Kennebunkport, Ports of Italy occupies the space that was previously Bartley's Dockside Restaurant. Specialities include homemade pastas, ravioli, focaccia, and desserts, all made daily. Their unique build-your-own approach to antipasto had us saying "that's amore." Displayed in a corner by the entrance, you can choose from a tasty and tantalizing array of vegetables that includes zucchini, roast eggplant, asparagus, beets, white beans, and roasted peppers. For the meat and fish lovers in your party, the Porchetta (roasted suckling pig) and whole Branzino fish (imported from Italy and deboned table side) are not to be missed.
This is the second Ports of Italy location - the first opened in Boothbay Harbor in 2010. The owner, Sante Calandria, is originally from Trevi, Perugia, which is located halfway between Rome and Florence. His regional roots are reflected on the menus of both restaurants. The back of the house is helmed by German Lucarelli, who comes to this particular port by way of Buenos Aires, Paris, London, Beirut, Istanbul, Miami, and New York.
Ports of Italy is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday-Sunday year round, and there's a small outdoor deck with seating during warmer months:
For reservations, call 207.204.0365. Parking is very limited but the restaurant is just a half mile walk from Captain Fairfield Inn.