By Jeff Stolowitz
40 Years of Dining History, I kept wondering why I had never been here.
The Daytona Shores, notorious for the Police Pulling everyone over for any reason. Maybe that was the answer but in reality it was my bias regarding Pizza in Florida. That was about to change. Porto Fino is a throwback to another era. Where Joe Pesci might meet Ray Liota or Deniro to discuss who sleeps with the fishes.
With era appropo music playing "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees.
This place has stayed alive in an era where foams moleculer gastronomy, and hand crafted everything this place slays you with great straight forward standard favorites.
This is good food. I could tell as the aroma wafted from the kitchen into the dining room.
Our appetizers were simple the Fresh Fried Zuccini sprinkled with Parm Cheese and a House Salad with a house made Italian Vinagrette perfection in every bite.
The main courses were even better. House Speciall Marsala and Stuffed Shells.
As I sat starry eyed after tasting the Marsala,
I remembered being taught how to make this dish and the velvety taste of the wine that deglazed the pan and reduced with the mushrooms, magic!!! No not magic mushrooms but I was in a euphoric state.
To finish the meal Cappucino, Espresso and the last sips of our Ruffino Chianti Classico.
This my first visit it certainly will not be my last.
To another 40 years I say, "Vine Vide Vici"
3124 South Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118