Dish of the Week: Portofino’s Pizza


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From the Tyler Paper, “Benny Sechi, owner of Portofino’s Italian restaurant in Tyler, was born and raised in Sicily. He said his interest in food began at a young age, when he and his brother Alfredo, learned to cook alongside their great grandmother. Those memories of time in the kitchen turned into a life-long interest in cooking and sharing their love with others. Afredo Sechi first opened Finos Italian restaurant in Plano, followed by Benny Sechi’s opening of Portofino’s in Tyler.”

And we agree, you can tell a difference when you eat the food! Currently, they are running a pizza special – large two toppings for $12.99 so we had to try this out.

Pizza is my favorite food group but my husband and I disagree about our favorite kind. I prefer something along the line of Canadian bacon with pineapples and jalapenos. His favorite is pretty much any kind of Meat Lovers type. We compromised and got something totally different – sausage with red peppers! The garlicky crust was cooked to a nice toasted brown, and it came loaded with toppings and served piping hot. Heaven!

We also got salads with house tomato dressing. They were served fresh, cold, and cut perfectly.  Portofino’s heavenly fresh-baked Dinner Rolls were scrumptious. I could have made a meal of the salad and rolls!

Portofino’s is a family, locally-run restaurant tucked back into a small shopping center on Troup Hwy.  It is very tastefully decorated and a nice atmosphere for both lunch and dinner. They can easily accommodate a large group and offer a private meeting room in the back.

“Everything is made from scratch, the pasta, desserts, bread and it’s all delicious! The tiramisu is the best I’ve ever had! We got olive oil with sliced garlic and herbs to dip the bread in YUM! Not only is the food good the staff is great. I want everyone in Tyler to know how good this place is, give them a try,” said Tracy Reynolds.

Portofino’s Italian Restaurant, located at 3320 Troup Hwy. in Tyler.

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