Porto Fino, Leichhardt


Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: $10-$20
Main: $20-$30
Dessert: $14.90
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $3 P/P
Cakeage: $3 P/P

Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: 3 Days – 1 Week
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes



In thinking of a place for some good Italian foods, we will always think of the suburb Leichhardt. But so many Italian restaurants in Leichhardt, which one is the best? I would strongly recommend Porto Fino on Norton Street. After tasting so many Italian restaurants Porto Fino is truly the one win my heart and the one made me keep coming back. This little family restaurant specialised in modern Italian cuisine with friendly staffs and lots of options on the menu. When my gf called me out for a catch up we initially (as always) wanted to try something new, but end up back here, we just can’t get enough!


Whitebait fritters with chilli, garlic, Spanish onions, and roasted butternut pumpkin, served with fresh mescalin leaves and garlic aioli, E$19.90 M$24.90

The good thing about Porto Fino is, they always have a chef’s suggestions menu. If you are feeling indecisive with this seemingly endless menu of delicious dishes, just randomly pick one from the Chef’s suggestions menu! This was how we ended up with the Whitebait fritters. This was the first time I tried this dish and it didn’t disappoint me at all. Inside the little fritters was packed with flavours, chilli, garlic, pumpkin and onions. It arrived hot and crispy, the garlic aioli was so smooth and creamy that I almost lick the sauce plate clean.


Linguini Con Gamberoni – Sauteed prawns with julienne of sundried tomato, olive cheeks, shallots, garlic, chilli and parmesan $21.90

For the main, we choose the prawn linguini. This was simply divine, the freshly made linguini was slightly resistance in the center when the pasta is chewed and the portions was very generous. The only downside was the sauce was a bit too alcoholish. My guess was, the sauce wasn’t cook long enough for the alcohol content in the wine to evaporate.


Torta Di Cioccolata – Moist chocolate and almond torte served with white chocolate gelato, $14.90

You cannot leave without trying the dessert in here! The menu dessert was so long that we couldn’t decide what to order. The dessert menu had about 12 items to choose from. To name a few: Passionfruit panna cotta, crème brulee, gelato pyramid, Portofino tiramisu, torta di cioccolata etc. The friendly waitress suggested us to order the warm moist chocolate and almond torte as this would be a perfect dessert to warm us in the cold weather. The presentation was very impressive, chocolate torta was rich (dark chocolate) and moist. Try to have a little bit of gelato, cake, orange zest and the sauce in your every spoonful of torte because the combination is just so perfect.


Pizza chef looking at the camera… say cheese ^_^

Conclusion: One of my all time favourite spots. Good food and service you can rely on. Only fault is the noise, making it a little tricky to dine with group.


166 Norton Street, Leichhardt
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 18:00 – Late 

Getting There:

Parking: Side street like Macauley Street or Carlisle Street
By: Train: No Train station nearby 
By Bus:

portofino bus map

Map picture

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Mydatewithfood
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 02:35:42

    I love this place too! =)


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