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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.