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Trattoria Fanny

Trattoria Fanny information

// Location3 Deering Ave.
Portland, ME 04103

// Hours5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday

// Contact207-233-6662

// Price Range$$

// Cuisine Type Italian,

// Features

// Reviews

⇢ Trattoria Fanny's chef keeps in intentionally, intelligently simple

May 28 Trattoria Franny

If you thought the new Italian restaurant on the corner of Congress Street and Deering Avenue was called something else before it was Trattoria Fanny, you’re not crazy. Vinland’s David Levi opened Rossobianco on the same spot late last year, then shut it down almost exactly three months later, because of creative differences with the erstwhile kitchen team. When it re-opened, he was able to “pick up, dust off and move on to my idea for a real trattoria,” Levi said. Fanny, named after his flamboyant Italian grandmother, is exactly that – a casual restaurant with modest, often rustic food, served at very reasonable prices. Among its best dishes are executive chef Sid Rumma’s superb rigatoni with cocoa-spiked oxtail tomato sauce; cauliflower served with capers, anchovies and nutty brown butter; and a faithful version of the classic dessert, torta della nonna (grandmother cake), a lighter, citrusy relative of cheesecake. Be sure to order contorni (side dishes) to accompany most entrees, as they are often served without any extras. Better yet, make an entire meal of pasta, little side dishes and a glass of wine from the all-Italian list. It might sound simple, but that’s the whole point.