This Italian restaurant has the best takeout pasta in Charlotte

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I asked the guy working the takeout counter at Portofino’s how many takeout orders they get each night. He smiled, laughed and said, “I don’t even know… A lot!”

portofino's takeout park road shopping center

I’d give Portofino’s pizza a B- grade. But the pasta is A+. It’s outstanding. Just look at this to-go order of Spaghetti Bolognese…

spaghetti portofino's park road shopping center

The pasta comes with your typical Italian restaurant salad. It’s okay (I wish they’d pack it with more), but the dressing is the type that you want to bathe your body in.

portofino's salad

But instead of drinking the dressing, you should just dip the fresh bread (free).

fresh bread portofino's charlotte

My family order (wife, 18-month-old and me): Spaghetti Bolognese, add a house salad with house dressing (so 2 total) and they toss in the free bread. $18 total.

takeout from portofino's

Order is somehow always ready in 12 minutes. Love how they give you a number and don’t bother you for your name or phone number.¬†Outstanding UX.

Well done Portofino’s people, well done.

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