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Buckhead Italian Restaurant Portofino Permanently Closes in October

Portofino is closing October 22 after 22 years on Paces Ferry Place

Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Italian restaurant Portofino is closing October 22 after 22 years on Paces Ferry Place in Buckhead, the AJC first reported.

“We’ve grown and adapted over the years with some successes and some struggles. It is now time for Portofino to close its doors,” an announcement posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page reads in part. “Our decision to close has not come easily. Change is inevitable and sometimes heartbreaking. As the world around us changes, we find ourselves facing conditions that challenge our once simple purpose.”

No official reason for the closure is provided in the post, which recognizes the Portofino’s staff for their dedication to the restaurant over the last two decades.

Owned by Mike Anderson, Portofino opened in 2000 inside a converted brick bungalow on Paces Ferry Place, just two blocks north of the St. Regis Hotel, in an area now home to an enclave of businesses and restaurants, including Le Bon Nosh, Yebo Beach Haus, and Henri’s Bakery. Portofino became known in Buckhead for serving Italian-American dishes like crispy eggplant caponata, shrimp and sausage red pepper radiatore, and pan-seared swordfish paired with a mostly Italian wine list.

Eater reached out to Anderson for further comment on the closure.


3199 Paces Ferry Place Northwest, , GA 30305 (404) 231-1136 Visit Website

Yebo Beach Haus

56 East Andrews Drive Northwest, , GA 30305 (404) 228-8024 Visit Website

Le Bon Nosh

65 Irby Avenue Northwest, , GA 30305 (404) 835-2007 Visit Website