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Feb 24, 2014 07:52 AM

Enio's Eatery [SoPo]: glad to have the Butler's back

Bob and Laura Butler, formerly of Rachel's in Portland, and then off the local map for a few years, have returned to open this casual eatery a bit off the beaten track. It's well worth the visit, as the food [classic Italian non-red sauce] is as good as ever. I started with house-made trout "mousse": dense, flavorful, and a step up from the usual, and then had the most authentic porchetta I've eaten since Italy. My partner really enjoyed a hearty mussel ap, really enough for an entree, while a friend's scallops on a lobster risotto were rich and delicious. I'd have to say that portions are, if anything, a little large: we would have been happier not to feel overwhelmed. We all shared a piece of ricotta cheesecake, again authentic and a great finish: not too sweet. Wines are fairly priced, and work well with the cuisine, and since the owner is "front of the house" service is friendly and attentive. Prices are moderate, if a bit high for a neighborhood spot, but in any case, Laura's food is consistently delicious.

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  1. We've been half a dozen times since they opened and are always delighted. So glad to have them in the neighborhood! Wonderful specials, fresh authentic pasta, salads, nice wine list. Agree that the portions are generous. You feel like you're in someone's home - very friendly attentive service, family atmosphere.

    1. How is Enio's these days? I'm going to making a quick stopover overnight near the airport on a Saturday and was thinking of trying this spot. Love Italian, but not a fan of red-sauce houses so this caught my eye.

      1. Still fantastic. A weeknight neighborhood go-to. great fresh specials, wonderful service, and menu that has kept the things we loved but continued to evolve. Best Caesar in town - great with a glass of wine, the trout mousse, and maybe a bruschetta or some grilled shrimp. Enjoy!

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        1. re: capelizzie


          The trout mousse caught my eye, can't wait to find out what the specials are. How's the gnocchi? Hubs is a big fan of gnocchi if they're made "right", he's very particular about them.