Posted: 12/15/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My boss had received a travelZoo voucher for 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 glasses of wine and 1 shared dessert which she kindly passed on to me, thank you thank you. I have to say that my friend and I very much enjoyed our dinner experience at Porta Via. I had the white house wine which was a pinot grigio (loved it), my friend had the house red and he enjoyed it as well. He started with a salad (sorry, forget which one) and thought it was ok, I however LOVED my crab cake appetizer! The best crab cakes I've ever had. So yummy. Had to fight my friend off with my fork! Sharing is hard for me, I'm an only child ;) Moving on ~ the waitress let me substitute side dishes with my salmon. As per other reviews have stated, the online menu prices are different from the prices on the menu at the restaurant. I had already decided on my choices beforehand and was quite disappointed when I couldn't get the halibut. But the waitress let me get all the sides of the halibut with the salmon, so I was happy. Garlic mashed potatoes, jumbo asparagus (and they were really jumbo!) and a beurre blanc sauce, YUM! I cleaned the plate like a good girl. My friend had the baby back rib special and he said it was delish. And the shared dessert was a pannacotta which I've never had before. Came drizzled with a raspberry sauce and chocolate sauce, and despite the strange consistency, it was really good. I would definitely go back to Porta Via. We had no issues with service at all, the hostess/waitress/bustboys were all quick and friendly. One problem though ~ the hardwood floor is SUPER slippery! Part of the entertainment during the evening was watching all the ladies sliding around on the floor. And yes, I was one of the sliders :) Parking structure across the street. Nice and big outdoor patio for those warmer evenings.