Amelia’s Trattoria is a cozy bistro serving scrumptious Italian dishes. The restaurant is a family-owned business in Kendall Square, open since 1999.
The space seats about 20 patrons indoors and more outside, with delicious scents wafting out of the open kitchen. Complimentary focaccia is warm and perfect with sun-dried tomatoes. Our starters of Prince Edward Island mussels ($12) and antipasto for two ($18) were quickly gobbled up by our dinner party.
The mussels were bathed in white wine, butter, basil and roasted tomatoes and garlic, with the broth pairing wonderfully with the bread.
While the antipasto was for two, our party of eight had plenty to share from the slices of salami, prosciutto and a particularly delightful log of goat cheese.
Chef Delio Susi Jr. named the restaurant for his mother Amelia and his cooking honors his Italian roots. The lobster ravioli (market price) stuffed with lobster and cheese was my favorite dish, with tender lobster chunks in a cream sauce. It was rich without overwhelming the delicate lobster flavor.
The house-made gnocchi ($19) are pillows of butternut squash pasta, soaking up a brown butter and crispy sage sauce. Butter heightened the sweetness of the squash for a very satisfying bite.
The roast salmon ($24) was the fish of the night. It was perfectly executed, with a slight char on the outside and tender flesh within.
Amelia’s has a respectable dessert selection for those with a sweet tooth.
The crème brulee ($9) was perfumed with vanilla and the chocolate terrine ($9) had chewy pistachio.
Amelia’s Trattoria is a neighborhood gem in Cambridge for solid Italian food.
111 Harvard Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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