Restaurant review: Amelia’s Trattoria

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.

Prince Edward Island mussels from Amelia’s Trattoria. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) Amelia’s Trattoria青口貝。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Prince Edward Island mussels from Amelia’s Trattoria. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The mussels were bathed in white wine, butter, basil and roasted tomatoes and garlic, with the broth pairing wonderfully with the bread.

Amelia’s Trattoria antipasto for two. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) Amelia’s Trattoria兩人份起司煙熏肉拼盤。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Amelia’s Trattoria antipasto for two. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

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.

Lobster ravioli from Amelia’s Trattoria. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) Amelia’s Trattoria意大利龍蝦餃。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Lobster ravioli from Amelia’s Trattoria. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

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.

Grilled salmon from Amelia’s Trattoria. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) Amelia’s Trattoria烘烤鮭魚。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Grilled salmon from Amelia’s Trattoria. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

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.

Crème brulee. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 焦糖布丁。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Crème brulee. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The crème brulee ($9) was perfumed with vanilla and the chocolate terrine ($9) had chewy pistachio.

Chocolate terrine. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 巧克力法式醬糜。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Chocolate terrine. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Amelia’s Trattoria is a neighborhood gem in Cambridge for solid Italian food.

 

Amelia’s Trattoria
111 Harvard Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 868-7600
www.ameliastrattoria.com

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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