Wonderful, authentic Italian at The Corner Room in Portland, Maine

best italian restaurant portland maineAbove: Authentic Italian pasta is made fresh every week at the Corner Room Italian Kitchen and Bar in Portland, Maine.

It used to be that you had to go to New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles to find authentic, hand-crafted pasta (like the sheet in the photo above) in America.

But today, there’s probably no mid-sized city in the U.S. where you can’t find young chefs who are as passionate about genuine Italian gastronomy as their counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic.

Chef Harding Lee Smith of Portland, Maine, was a pioneer in this movement: For nearly ten years now, his team at the Corner Room Italian Kitchen has been putting out true Italian cuisine (that’s Smith’s pasta chef, Chet, in the image above).

Chef Smith now presides over a “mini restaurant empire,” as Food & Wine put it, in a city that was once known culinarily only for its famous lobster shacks.

We’re proud to share the news that the Corner Room serves Cantele wines — currently, the Cantele Rosato from Negroamaro and the Salice Salentino Riserva. We couldn’t think of a better home for them.

The Corner Room Italian Kitchen & Bar
110 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 879-4747
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Image via the Corner Room Facebook.

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