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Restaurant & Bar Guide

Tuscan Table

Tuscan Table information

// Location390 Gorham Road
South Portland, ME 04106

// Hours11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

// Contact207-536-0240

// Price Range$$$

// Cuisine Type Italian,

// Features

// Reviews

⇢ Tuscan Table is gorgeous, but uneven

Tuscan Table, which opened this December next to the Maine Mall in South Portland, is one of the largest restaurants in the area, with 160 seats and a vast, two-level dining room. It is also one of the chicest, thanks to a cohesive and imaginative interior design scheme by Nicola Manganello that recalls her work at sister restaurants in Freeport and Yarmouth, but which is exponentially more exuberant. Service can be hit-or-miss, depending on how crowded the restaurant is. And while executive chef Lee Skawinski’s menu does not yet match the sophistication and polish of the space, it is moving in the right direction. Nearly four months in, you’ll find plenty of adequate options as well as a few truly great dishes, such as a remarkably light pork Milanese; a coffee-infused, three-layer chocolate cake; and a savory appetizer of roasted mushrooms on creamy soft polenta. When Tuscan Table offers a glimpse of its potential, as it does through its toasted-rye spaetzle with pickled onions, dill, chervil and roasted fennel cream – an accompaniment to its wood-grilled salmon fillet – it’s easy to imagine that this boxy restaurant next to the Maine Mall could one day become one of the area’s best.