Portabella Pizzeria Now Open in Port's Downtown

The pizzeria and restaurant began serving food on Monday night, and hopes business will pick up soon in this city of "friendly" people.

Drawn to the city for a love of the people, the new Portabella Pizzeria & Retaurant business owners are bubbling about being in business.

The pizzeria and restaurant opened its doors, 218 E. Washington St., to the public on Monday, and Owner Izzo Jonuzi told Patch the group decided to open the new dining option in Port because "we like the people here."

"The people are very friendly," he said. "Everybody's friendly. You ask for something, they try to help."

The name, Portabella, comes from Jonuzi's Italian heritage — Italians use portabella mushrooms in a lot of dishes, he said.

The restaurant had been a bit of a to the city for the business; those did come through before the restaurant's launch on Monday, Main Street Executive Director Sara Grover said.

Jonuzi offers plenty of enthusiasm for his new business, but it's not the first time he's owned a restaurant: he's operated a restaurant and nightclub in New Jersey as well as restaurants in Florida.

He came to Wisconsin to be near family in Sheboygan, where he currently lives — though he hopes to move closer to Port after business picks up. There are also a few more upgrades planned to the restaurant, including a revamping of the outdoor patio and the addition of tables and chairs for dining outdoors.

The menu features a variety of specialty pizzas — vegetarian, 5 cheese, white pizza — as well as pastas, seafood and chicken dinners. When asked about a standout menu item, Jonuzi points to Chicken Romano, a dinner featuring sauteed chicken, fresh mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, white wine sauce, mozzarella cheese and served with homemade pasta.

The restaurant delivers to Port, Saukville, Grafton, Cedarburg and Belgium for a $3 charge. Call 262-268-6565 for more information.

James Meyer April 02, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Good luck!
Bridgett Bartlein Drews April 02, 2013 at 09:47 PM
I heard about it opening I will have to give it a try soon! Good luck!
Karen Chapman April 02, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Getting ready to take the family tonight for dinner!
Bridgett Bartlein Drews April 03, 2013 at 01:54 AM
I saw a menu & the prices don't look bad. Has anyone eaten there that can tell us about the quality of the food?
Bridgett Bartlein Drews April 04, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I was there tonight for carry out & must say the people working were friendly & we didn't have to wait to long for it to be made & nice size portions. I will go back again & eat there to try the pasta!
Millhouse April 05, 2013 at 04:46 PM
We ate there last night, the garlic bread was outstanding. The staff is friendly and everything was made fresh. People saying they will fail based on where they are because other poorly managed restaurants were there before is ridicules. I'm sure most will try it and if they like it will go here instead of the pasta shoppe or other Italian place in town. Personally I'll definitely be going back.
Bridgett Bartlein Drews April 05, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I also will definitely go back! It just will be hard to decide between the pizza or lasgna! And of course with both I will need a side of the cheese garlic bread!
Lilliana April 06, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Unfortunately I did not have a good experience here. Shrimp scampi was watery with overcooked rubbery shrimp. Pizza was tough, gummy and soggy in the middle. Will NOT be going back:(
Marry April 06, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I had one of the best experiences the food was so good next time I will take my kids because they need to try it some of the best food that I ever had I will always go there my new favorite place to go .
James Schoeder April 07, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Prices were good, food was decent, but the atmosphere and service leaves a lot to be desired. That location has not been to favorable to anyone who has tried to run a restaurant for quite some time. I do wish them well.
CTCMom2009 April 07, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Had takeout last night... Outstanding New York style pizza and tasty garluc bread. Large puzza was supposedly 16" but it was definitely bigger than that. We will be back!
Greg April 07, 2013 at 08:22 PM
MMM Puzza!
Julie April 07, 2013 at 10:07 PM
My family & I ate there last Thursday. The food was very good but the place was packed and they only had one young, obviously inexperienced, girl doing both waitressing AND bussing tables. When we went to the counter to pay I noticed the owner in the kitchen yelling at the girl for making mistakes. We will NOT be going back because the owner obviously does not know how to manage based on the fact that he didn't have the sense to hire someone with experience to work his opening week. VERY unacceptable to yell at staff regardless of the industry, UNPROFESSIONAL!!!
Kellyyyy April 07, 2013 at 11:03 PM
I honestly don't know why everyone is giving them such a hard time n saying so much bad stuff I honestly have been going there everyday for pick up n I ate there with my family Monday night n the people were so friendly and nice they where really busy and you can tell everyone loves there food but I honesty think some people are just so rude and awabt them to fail but I personally love everything abd can't wait to go tonight to get the works again love it....I hope they stay here forever :))))
Nancy April 09, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Love it had food there last night with my friends very nice friendly people amazing food I will go back for sure.
Jennifer April 13, 2013 at 09:03 PM
I was there friday night I had some of the best food iv ever had everyone was very friendly good luck to them hope they stay here for a long time.
Stephani April 27, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Just was there tonight with my husband and kids loved the food and the stuff was amazing they made me want to stay there good luck to them I'll sure be going again
Ally April 28, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Never again -- overpriced, just OK taste, non-existent service
Lisa Mella McGilvary April 29, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Calamari!! Best I've ever had.
Jimi Ruth April 30, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I had a sausage, mushroom, black olive, and extra cheese pizza two weeks ago. I had high hopes since they say pizza was a specialty. I was very disappointed when I finally ate it. The crust as very limp and saggy. The sausage had no flavor and was very watery like was just out of the freezer. Could not even taste the mushrooms and the pizza sauce had absolutely no flavor. The black olives had some flavor witch was a present surprised. Was glad for the extra cheese because if not there really would not have been much cheese on the pizza. The best part was (sarcasm) when you picked up a slice everything just slid of the crust.
MAtt May 24, 2013 at 04:40 PM
The pizza was ok. All the toppings slid right off when picking up a piece however. The garlic bread had hair baked into it, a little dissapointed. Also,l the atmosphere and service was sub par. The waitress was freindly, but seemed a little confused. We might try the pasta on take out, but I doubt we will get the pizza or eat in again.


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