VIDEO: Portofino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Celebration Was to a Packed Crowd on March 7th

Report by Paula Antolini
March 8, 2017 8:12AM EDT


Photo above: Lui Selmanti (left) and brother Rocco Selmanti (center), owners of Portofino Restaurant and Wine Bar, cut the ribbon at their grand re-opening ceremony, and First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker is at right, after giving comments.


VIDEO: Portofino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Celebration Was to a Packed Crowd on March 7th

A celebratory crowd welcomed Bethel business owners and brothers Rocco and Lui Selmanti last night as they offered complimentary food and drinks in honor of their grand re-opening of Portofino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, after being closed over a year because of water damage.


Photo above:  Some of the delicious buffet served at Portofino’s last night.


Last night the place was packed with many returning customers, family and friends who were happy to see them back.


Photo above: First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker shakes hands with Rocco Selmanti during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the re-opening of Portofino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar on March 7, 2017.


First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony with Bethel Chamber of Commerce officials, which took place at 4:00 p.m.  View his comments in video below.



CLICK HERE to VIEW VIDEO Portofino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar Ribbon Cutting


Photo above: The bar was all set and looking good, waiting for guests to arrive at Portofino’s.


The grand re-opening celebration was from 4-6:00p.m. then live music was by Little Black Dress, with local musicians/singers Billy Michael and Annie Kelly.

Click Here to VIEW VIDEO OF LITTLE BLACK DRESS (Video by Will Duff)



Portofino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, located at 213 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel CT’s Dolan Plaza, offers a Northern Italian Continental MENU. Known for its warm and inviting atmosphere, PORTOFINO RESTAURANT has always been one of the favorite places for both locals and neighboring towns.

Upon entering the restaurant you will be impressed by the charm and character of the beautiful bar and wood interior, crafted from a 100 year old walnut tree. The main dining room allows for a quieter more intimate dining experience.

At PORTOFINO RESTAURANT fresh and simple food is their concept. The restaurant still uses a real butcher from New York City and hunts point marketplace to hand pick their meats, poultry, and seafood.  They have a large selection of fine wines from around the country and the world as well as a distinctive cocktail menu.

Planning a party? Portofino also caters events at their restaurant. All their catering menus are personalized to suit your event and your budget.



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Photo above: Ribbon cutting re-opening ceremony, Portofino’s.















213 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT



Hours of operation:

Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Sunday 4:00 p.m. –   9:00 p.m. Dinner

Thursday is Ladies Night!

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Buy one Drink Get the Second One Free

8:00 pm Drawing: $100 Gift Certificate to Portofino!

Sunday Nights: Live Entertainment from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


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