Amelia's Trattoria

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Italian
Delio Susi, in anticipation of his restaurant’s tenth anniversary, refined both his restaurant’s menu as well as its interior design, to great success. Losing none of his Abruzzi roots, the food is clean but clearly Italian, and a little rustic. The warm and inviting room makes the same statement. Drawing on his architectural background, Susi plays with simple organic materials, like square slate tiles and tabletops, and brown leather tufted banquettes. The use of brick plus copper fixtures contribute to the Italian country/casual feel that serves food and wine to match. Wooden floors and European style open windows for the summer add to this ambiance. And red lamps that hang in bright contrast with the earthy tones during the day, shed a sexy flattering nighttime glow. Amelia’s Trattoria offers a personal and authentic dining experience using top local ingredients infused with the heart of its Italian chef.

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j
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Some coworkers and I went for lunch to say farewell to one that is leaving. I put this in the open table reservation but it wasnt mentioned (which was fine but why bother asking?). The food was very good, though a bit greasy. Overall though, the restaurant was very loud and the service was very slow. There was some confusion about whether there was gluten free pasta available (which the online menu indicates they have but when we arrived that part of the menu was gone) and one of our party has celiac disease, so this is not just a dietary preference. I would go back to give them another try but was not super impressed with the service and how long it took to order and then get our food.

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R
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. Dinner is always excellent. They happily split our spinach salad and dessert, recommended complementary wines. Dishes expertly cooked. Excellent menu options to look forward to, served at the next table... I had the home-made spinach and ricotta cannelloni and my husband had the exceptional veal. Servings are good size not overflowing. Pricing is what you expect for Cambridge.

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m
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this place never let's me down. love to take out of town guests here as I know they will love it!

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t
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great little intimate spot. Service was excellent. Food could have been a bit more tasty but I like more intense flavor than most. Lovely place.

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MA
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We arrived for a luncheon for our co worker who is expecting soon. Everything was delicious, however one of the reasons we picked your restaurant was because on your website, you advertise that you have gluten free pasta, (one of our co workers has a gluten allergy), however when we sat down we noticed it wasn't advertised on the menu. We were then told that gluten free pasta was no longer offered. I suggest in that case you take it off your website. Then, everyone but one of our co workers was served a Coke, because apparently, the Coke ran out? It wasn't explained if it was temporarily unavailable, but it was disappointing because everyone else that ordered coke got theirs except for one person. Lastly, and this may be a political statement, but a Michael Jackson playlist was playing the whole time we were eating lunch. I not only thought this was in bad taste, but it was also an odd choice I thought for an Italian restaurant. overall though, the food was great and the waitstaff were very sweet and attentive.

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CM
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food and service were good, but it was witnessing the waiter assist an elderly gentleman get out of his seat and then following up to see if his wife needed help getting him in the car that made my night! What a beautiful gesture!

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VV
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we loved Amelia's. It was a nice intimate environment. We didn't feel rushed and could linger over our delicious Italian meal with family.

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K
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good!

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HO
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amelia’s was superb, as always. The sea bass and clams special was especially good, and the caponata starter is not to be missed.
My only quibble was that service was so-so. There was only one server and she was stretched thin. I don’t recall this being an issue on prior visits. But even so, we will keep coming back for both the food and the cozy ambience.

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LS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. The service was efficient but not very warm. It was a little drafty by the window.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal for my husband’s birthday. Everyone was lovely. We will be back for our next celebration.

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LR
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice dinner for our Anniversary with extra attention from our server. Food was excellent. Love that this is a small, intimate restaurant.

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EE
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent Kendall Square option ... would recommend checking it out.

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KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and came out quickly. Very friendly, attentive staff. Will be going again in the future.

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d
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Super over priced for average at best Italian food. The service was good, but was very disappointed overall in our experience sadly.

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SS
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place, small, intimate, reasonably quiet. Excellent service, very good food, decent wine selection, and they offer Peak Organic beer! Family owned restaurant and it shows in the level of pride they show in serving their clients. Steve

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DS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

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HE
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The vongole pasta was way too salty. I think they didn't properly prepare the clams. Also found a piece of hair in the seafood stew.

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CM
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening. Same owner as Nearby Sulmona, much more intimate as the space is much smaller. The Pasta Norma was quite robust. Recommend.

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RT
Omaha
21 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint little restaurant with great food.

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BF
New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food,,, terrific service,,, nice atmosphere... perfect place for a date night!

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RD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Its website says it is handicap accessible and that is true for there is a fine ramp leading up from Portland Street into the restaurant. Further, the staff went out of their way to accommodate me in my small power wheelchair and putting me at an appropriate table. However, the restrooms are DOWNSTAIRS.

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TT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I go here frequently for business dinners as the food is very good, service is good, and it is a great place to talk. Cozy and intimate so great for romantic dinners as well. Good wine/drink list.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always reliable and relaxing. Unpretentious and just really good food.

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PG
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great small restaurant. They have really good Italian wines by the glass. Awesome!

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H
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amelia's is our favorite restaurant. Love the food, its small size, and the friendly staff. It is great for a romantic evening, a quick bite before or after a movie at the Kendall Cinema, or a leisurely get together with friends.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I had several lobster shells in my lobster ravioli which hurt my mouth.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go often and always love it! The only difficulty is that the tables are too close to each other...very crowded.

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W
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall a nice and comfortable dining experience; worth another try. The service was a bit inattentive; slow to get drinks, and then slow to get order in; yet food service was then excellent. One of the worse caesar salads I've ever had made with "chopped romaine" so it lost any sense of crunchiness with a mediocre dressing, however the spinach and goat cheese salad was superb. The braised short rib bolognese was excellent as was the spaghetti with clams. Will go back, just not for the caesar salad.

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KA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was really over priced, and I felt as if the food was undercooked as well. It was just overall not too much of a good experience.

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We have been there three times in the last 2 months. Love the atmosphere- small neighborhood trattoria with great food. The only complaint is they need one more waiter/bartender. The two gentlemen who work there are friendly , personable and do a great job. It just seems a little understaffed.

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N
New England
50 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All 4 of us enjoyed the evening, & our food and drinks, especially the sangria and Malbec wine which sometimes hard to find in small restaurants. Disappointed that no vegan and very few vegetarian options so could not return with my family. Would also appreciate more healthy, less caloric choices. Although a bit pricey, especially if go to Kendall Theatre movies before or afterwards which is nicely nearby, we would like to return.

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j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Amelia's was pretty good, although they were out of the mushroom pappardelle
(my favorite and the reason I went) and the lobster ravioli that someone else I was with got was fishy. Overall, great.

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amelia's is a lovely small neighborhood restaurant. The food was phenomenal - flavorful, fresh, portion size just right. We will absolutely return, and recommend it to friends!

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f
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best little restaurant. Over the last several years I've been coming has remained consistent!! Great food, great staff, feels like you are eating in someone's house.

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p
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT RESTAURANT ,GOOD FOOD,GOOD SERVICES ,NICE AMBIENT ,I REALLY RECOMMEND IT

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Every dish was perfect. Exactly what you would expect from a small intimate restaurant.

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the staff is outstanding.

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m
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

we had the worst service. no one came to our table for quite some time. had to ask for the specials. it was just weird.

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BC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place and wonderful food. I'll be going again!

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