TRAVEL + LEISURE America's Best New Romantic Restaurants 2014

America's Best New Romantic Restaurants 2014

                                  Piccolo, Portland, ME

Husband-and-wife team—and Daniel Boulud alumni—Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez uprooted their illustrious Manhattan careers to move to Maine, bringing their love of central Italian fare to a 20-seat sprite of a spot nestled in the city’s charming Old Port neighborhood. Known for its narrow cobblestoned streets and waterfront locale, the enchanting ’hood is a fittingly Euro-evocative backdrop for Piccolo’s masterfully pared-down country menu (think house-made ricotta and pork sausage with creamy polenta reminiscent of Abruzzi) and an exclusively Italian wine list boasting hard-to-find indigenous varietals like Refosco and Erbaluce.