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Portland’s Hidden Ristorante

“The view… the service… the food. All 5 stars!” said Juliet Cavanaugh. The new Italian Ristorante, Terrazza, sits at the peak of Quarry Ridge Golf Course, overlooking the breathtaking views of sleek greens and golden sunsets from the outdoor patio. Serving the best food in Connecticut with generous staff and delicious meals, this restaurant is open year-round, providing service to not only golfers looking to have a drink after baking in the sun during their round but also families gathering together for a night out over the Holidays.

As I walked into the bar, I was greeted by the staff with enthusiasm. Friends were laughing as the bartenders and separate parties made small talk. The warm, welcoming staff clearly impacted not only my experience, but also everyone who visits this restaurant. Five-star reviews, like Cavanaugh’s, endlessly mention the attentive staff, bringing comfort into the atmosphere and lighting up the room with cheer. As restaurants grow understaffed, somehow, Terrazza is on the contrary as they only get better and better.

The Thanksgiving buffet dinner this year was incredible, lasting from breakfast to dinner. No food went untouched as everyone was longing to try it all. People ate from breakfast to dinner, as steak turned into waffles and back to turkey for their final meal. My Shirley Temple was a perfect combination of soda and grenadine as I am very. 

The piping hot food was displayed on silver platters as the butcher carved off thick slices of meat while lines formed. There were green beans and meatballs, prime rib and roasted corn, chicken pizzaiola and french fries, baked haddock and stuffed mushrooms. “Don’t forget the pies and cakes!” my mom exclaimed as I cleared my plate, there was more. Cakes glazed with chocolate, rich tiramisu, and creamy cheesecake, more than you would imagine. But you can’t forget the classic pumpkin pie on the side.

The food was cooked to perfection, not one dish cooked poorly. The turkey was moist and tender while the prime rib was juicy and melted in my mouth. The tortellini was sauteed right from the stove, still hot on my plate next to the perfectly seasoned green beans, crisp yet salty. Terrazza Ristorante is flawless.

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