Portovino Interior DesignThe interior does seem to have the same look and feel as Oro Toro used to have. You can tell that they kept many elements from the previous restaurant. This Portovino restaurant just opened in the last couple of weeks, and the lunch crowd was pretty decent for a new restaurant in this relatively remote location. I think Oro Toro kind of broke new ground and brought awareness to this particular spot which Portovino was able to take advantage. Portovino also has some brand name recognition I think, so that always helps too.
Skip the Bottled WaterIt's a BYOB (bring your own booze) restaurant which helps limit the damage on the bill. However, even for the lunch menu it's not an inexpensive restaurant, especially if you add on appetizers and water. (Note: the bottled water is where things can add up quickly, ask for tap water if you are looking for a more economical lunch). Simply sticking to the lunch menu gets you: soup/salad, main course, dessert and tea/coffee, which is not bad and should satisfy most lunch goers.
Still Good FoodAs far food goes, nothing really blew me away. Rayan's calamari is much better, Portus Calle's grilled octopus is much better, and the portion of the Ossobuco was underwhelming compared to the other places I've tried it. Having said that, the food is still good enough to enjoy. Most people seemed to enjoy their meals, as did I (the Ossobucco and grilled salmon are the dishes which I've tried, on two different occasions).
Portovino is a decent place to eat lunch once in awhile if you work in the area. Maybe I won't be running there the first chance I get, but it's good enough and I will be returning.
Portovino Restaurant PhotosSoup
Proscuito and fruit
Ossobuco Alla Milanese