Cucina Al Nudo

Cucina Al Nudo

Sunday, October 8th

CUCINA AL NUDO ~ Hurricane & Earthquake Relief Fundraiser

On Sunday, October 8th, we will host a silent fundraiser, whereby guests will be invited to purchase to donate, or simply donate to Global Giving at any point during their dinner. Options for purchase include the Cucina al Nudo postcard collection, which was conjured up by Paolo as the fundamental ability for chefs to have an impact through their bodies and the food they create. We will join the giving with 5% of sales going to the cause.

Fulfillment can be completed either by shipment to stated address or in-person pick-up. Please forward your receipt to jesse@soloitalianorestaurant.com with a stated choice. And stay tuned to our social media pages for updates on amount raised by Thanksgiving and projects chosen for donation!

Purchase options

Corte alla Flora Wine Dinner

As an added bonus on Sunday, October 8th, we will also be hosting Andrea Cragnotti, the winemaker of Corte all Flora winery in Montepulciano, Tuscany. His local distributor, Michael DiMillo, will also be present to field special orders and connect with guests. There will be four Corte wines being poured (individually or as a flight). That said, this is NOT a pre-fixe dinner. Our daily menu will be designed around the wines and guests will be able to thus select the food pairings that suit them. 

Reservations are required, please call ahead. 207-780-0227

Taste of Maine

Taste of Maine

DATE: September 28, 2017
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: O’Maine Studios
54 Danforth Street Portland, ME 04101

Taste of Maine is an original fundraising event that will bring together a number of Maine’s top chefs and caterers to offer attendees a true Taste of Maine.  The setting, O’Maine Studios on Danforth Street in Portland, offers a quintessential Maine vibe and will be a unique setting for this exciting event.  In addition to highlighting local culinary talent, WMTW’s anchors will take part in a celebrity competition working with chefs to create the most delicious Taste of Maine.  Attendees of the event will then have the opportunity to vote on which celebrity chef pairing should win.

Join us for a night that you won’t soon forget all while helping to improve the lives of the 30 million people in the United States living with liver disease.

Visit https://alfevents.org/tasteofmaine/ for more details and to purchase tickets.

Sundays at Solo

Sundays at Solo

Sunday, Sepember 17, 2017

On Sunday, September 17th, we will be hosting our first wine dinner of the fall season. It will be a four-course affair, featuring the release of four special order wines from PortoVino. Their national representative, Mark Middlebrook, will be present as will Joe Appel of Rosemont Market, our retail wine partner for the event. Discounted order opportunities will be available, but more importantly, the food and wine will be perfectly paired and second to none. This will be a non-ticketed event, but we do ask that you call to make a reservation to secure your spot. The cost is $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity).

Don't hesitate to call and ask for Jesse with any questions or to make your reservation. 207-780-0227

Try for Yourself!

Try for Yourself!

TRY FOR YOURSELF! We all know how heavenly that Mandilli al Vero Pesto Genovese is, but have you ever attempted to make some basil pesto for yourself? Time to stop wondering and start doing. Follow this link to Channel 8's Maine Menu feature of Paolo disclosing his simple, yet powerfully flavorful green gold.

An Italian Brunch with Mom

An Italian Brunch with Mom

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Brunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner 5:00 – 9:30 pm

On Sunday, May 14th, we will be hosting a Mother's Day brunch. In contrast to our recent Easter Sunday lunch, this meal will feature more classic morning and late morning dishes. We will be running service from 11:30am until 3pm after which we will reset for dinner service at 5pm. Please call ahead the week prior to learn more about menu features for brunch service.

Reservations are recommended.

La Domenica di Pasqua

La Domenica di Pasqua

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Lunch 12:00 PM
Dinner 5:00 – 9:30 PM

On Sunday April 16th, we will be hosting an all-day Italian Easter service to celebrate all things renewed! While the vernal equinox itself signifies many fresh starts, we will take this opportunity to collectively share in what matters to each of our guests. Accompanying our spring menu offerings will be an all-rosato wine pairing and a traditional made-in-house dolce, Colomba.

Don't forget to ask your server why Pasqua marked the calendar year 'end' of chocolate in Italian cuisine!

*Reservations recommended, serving lunch from 12pm and dinner 5-9:30pm

Thank the Harvesters with MOFGA

Thank the Harvesters with MOFGA

Sunday, March 5, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

We invite you to join us at Solo for a community-oriented, farmer appreciation dinner. This will be a five-course affair with nothing but certified organic produce and protein directly from our partner farms. While it is still early for our full menu to be developed and disclosed, we can say that we have already secured an Island Lamb from our friends at Dandelion Springs farm. Additionally, we will feature a coursed pairing of only certified organic wines from Santa Giustina and Fasoli Gino for purchase the night of the event ($25).

MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) will receive 20% of all ticket sales–both food and wine–as a benefit of this event. Representatives from MOFGA and our partner farms will be present to talk about their stories and approach to the 'labor of love' that brings quality food to our tables every day. A Crush representative will also be present to talk organic wine.

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Featured farms include: Dandelion Springs and Stonecipher. CSAs will be available for subscription directly through the farmer the night of the event.

Seating will be organized into groups of six to eight to encourage connection and sharing. If you have a similarly sized group that you would perfer seated as its own group, please call us directly to set up that reservation.

$85 covers dinner, tax, gratuity and benefit to MOFGA. Wine pairing is additional the night of the event.

Maine Restaurant Week

Maine Restaurant Week

March 1-12, 2017*

We at Solo are offering a 5 course tasting menu for $35! 
Call for reservations: 207-780-0227.

*Saturdays not included


Sample Menu

first course:  Salmon Rosa- beet cured salmon with creme fraiche

second course: Misticanza di Campo- mixed greens with shaved pecorino, rosemary, garlic olive oil

third course: Gnocchi di Patate al Vero Pesto Genovese- homemade potato gnocchi with basil pesto

fourth course: Polletto all Diavola- 1/2 poussin in a spicy Italian marinate served with roasted Stonecipher farm potatoes

fifth course: Traditional Cannoli

Tradition on the Table

Tradition on the Table

Friday, January 27, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This event will be a four-course pasta tasting menu, from appetizer to dessert. We will be featuring Pastificio Gentile Pasta for each course, established in 1876, in the city of Grangnano. Gentile uses local semolina with only a bronze cut "die"for there pasta. Alberto Zampino, the owner of Gentile and native to Grangnano, will be here for the dinner to help you understand more about how special these pastas are.

Chef Paolo will also be using Ravida Olive Oil and Sea Salt. Natalia Ravida will be in house talking about her production of olive oil in Sicily. She is a second generation olive oil maker and shares a love for cooking as well.

All the ingredients used in this dinner are imported from Rogers Collection here in Portland and distributed by Provisions International Ltd.

Cost of this dinner is $75 per person (wine pairing is available for an additional $45 the night of the event). Tax and gratuity is included in price listed.

We are looking forward to this event and hope you can come join us! Grazie, Ciao!

La Vigilia at Solo Italiano

La Vigilia at Solo Italiano

On the Eve of Christmas this year, we hope that you will join our family at Solo to celebrate food, family, friends and all things full of cheer! 
Los Galactacos, a 4-piece band, will serenade, while Chef Laboa serves traditional, Italian-inspired seafoodand many, many Panettones.
No matter where and how you spend the night, we hope you will have a joyous finish to the year. 
Grazie,
Solo Italiano

Saturday, December 24, 2016
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome

Los Galactacos

Los Galactacos

 

White Truffle and wine dinner at Solo Italiano

White Truffle and wine dinner at Solo Italiano

Come and join us in this 5 course White Truffle event. We will be shaving an award winning 656 gram White Alba Truffle which won 1st place at Fiera del Tartufo and is now in chef Paolo's hand.

Also with dinner we will be pairing Piedmontese wines in a traditonal style.

Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
$220*

*Dinner, wines, tax and gratuity are included in the ticket price.

Cru Night: Small Vineyards, Big Bottles

Cru Night: Small Vineyards, Big Bottles

You're invited to join us for Cru Night on October 12th!

Twice a year, 50 restaurants across the country pour ONE iconic single-vineyard wine. This prestigious wine is aged gracefully in 3 liter bottles referred to as “FORMATI IMPORTANTI.” Cru Night offers you the rare opportunity to experience an exquisitely developed wine featured by the glass. This event will feature Castello di Bossi’s Corbaia, one of the original Super Tuscans.

Learn more about Castello di Bossi here.

Solo Italiano and Falchini wine pairing

Solo Italiano and Falchini wine pairing

Come join us at Solo Italiano Restaurant  to enjoy a perfect pairing of Paolo Laboa's food with Falchini wines. We are planning a 6 course wine pairing dinner, with the wine maker Micheal Falchini  and chef Paolo explaining how the food and wine compliment eachother.

One of the most respected winemakers in Italy, in particular because of the world class quality of his wines. The late Riccardo Falchini produced the region's finest Vernaccia di San gimignono Wines as well as top Chianti Colli Senesi and gold medal Sangiovese and Cabernet ''Super Tuscans".

San Gimignano is one of the most enchanting cities in Tuscany. It is called the "City of the Beautiful Towers".

Riccardo's sons Michael and Christopher now carry on their father's legacy. The first vineyard was planted in 1968 and are composed of some of the most favorable soil conditions inthe area.

Monday, September 19, 2016
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM