Portofino Coal Fired Pizza opens location in Kendall

By Olee Fowler….

The restaurant’s centerpiece is the coal-fire oven, which can be seen throughout the restaurant.

Portofino Coal Fired Pizza now is serving coal-fired cuisine in a comfortable and family-friendly atmosphere in Kendall.

The neighborhood-dining destination offers an affordable menu filled with coal-fired pizza, gourmet sandwiches and salads, unique pasta creations and specialties such as Coal Fired Salmon (coal fired, lightly blackened Atlantic Salmon fillet with lemon dill sauce served with smashed garlic red potatoes and season vegetables), all made with the finest ingredients available.

Portofino Coal Fired Pizza offers traditional, crispy, thin-crust pizzas made to order with mozzarella cheese, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil, aged Romano cheese, herbs and extra virgin olive oil.

For pasta lovers there are a multitude of classic favorites including Baked Ziti (fresh pasta baked with mozzarella, ricotta and fresh tomato sauce) and Meat Ravioli (seasoned meat-filled ravioli pasta with your choice of alfredo or marinara sauce). Guests may also choose to create their own Pasta Classic (select choice of pasta: spaghetti, fettuccini or penne, choice of alfredo and marinara sauce, and any additional topping for $1.50 each).

Portofino Coal Fired Pizza’s design features a warm, contemporary take on the classic Italian restaurant. Spacious in size, the muted reds and earth tones are accentuated by the rugged, stone-covered walls. The restaurant’s centerpiece is the beautiful, custom-made, coal-fire oven, which can be seen throughout the restaurant. While most ovens cook at only 400 degrees Fahrenheit, the coal-fire oven at Portofino Coal Fired Pizza cooks at temperatures higher than 800 degrees, helping to sear in the food’s natural juices and deliver a unique, smoky flavor.

With seven plasma screens, beautiful granite bar tops, 12 beers on tap, and a wide selection of wine, margaritas, daiquiris and sangrias available — all priced 2 for 1 all day, everyday, the extensive bar area is the perfect place for sports fans to sit back, relax and watch the game.

Portofino’s wings complete the experience and come in several varieties. The wings can be coal fired (seasoned with grilled onions, focaccia bread and a side of mojo sauce) or served with a side of buffalo, mojo, barbecue, or honey garlic sauce.

Adding a sweet note to the end of the meal is Portofino Coal Fired Pizza’s delectable dessert offerings. Traditional Italian choices like the Portofino Tiramisu (layers of lady finger cookies dipped in espresso coffee and sweet Marsala wine topped with mascarpone cheese and sprinkled with chocolate pieces and cocoa powder) and Gelato (chocolate or vanilla Italian gourmet ice cream topped with pieces of chocolate, caramel or fudge) are served with more non-traditional options like the Dolci Pizza (a sweet pizza dough smothered in rich chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers) and Florida favorite Key Lime Pie (authentic Key Lime tart with a granola crust served with raspberry and kiwi-lime sauce and topped with fresh whipped cream).

Portofino Coal Fired Pizza Kendall is located 11535 N. Kendall Dr. For more information, call 305-271-9400 or visit online at www.portofinocoalfiredpizza.com.

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