Atlanta Italian restaurant Portofino closes on Paces Ferry Place in Buckhead

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

“We have grown and adapted over the years with some successes and some difficulties. Now is the time for Portofino to close its doors,” reads an announcement posted on the restaurant’s website. Facebook the page reads in part. “Our decision to close was not easy. 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 Portofino staff for their dedication to the restaurant over the past two decades.

Owned by Mike Anderson, Portofino opened in 2000 in a converted brick bungalow on Paces Ferry Place, just two blocks north of the St. Regis Hotel, in an area now home to a business enclave and restaurants, including Le Bon Nosh, Yebo Beach Haus, and Henri’s Bakery. Portofino has become known in Buckhead for serving Italian-American dishes like Crispy Eggplant Caponata, Red Pepper Shrimp and Sausage Radiator, and Pan-Seared Swordfish paired with a mostly Italian wine list.

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

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