Alta Strada
Alta Strada

Alta Strada

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.altastradarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7812376100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm -10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Schlow
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Weston Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The hustle and bustle of downtown Wellesley offers plenty of on-street parking. There is also a parking lot in back of the restaurant.
A word from Alta Strada
Whether nibbling on small plates at the antipasti-wine bar, sipping an espresso, or having a meal in the open dining room, Alta Strada will always be approachable and accessible to anyone and everyone. With a true smile and the genuine desire to take care of you while you’re “in our house”, Alta Strada will focus on the foods of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, and the Amalfi coast, while attempting to fill the much needed gap in Italian restaurants in America. Simply put, Alta Strada will be the place where you’ll find a perfectly made bowl of pasta, crispy thin pizza, gorgeous and abundant antipasti, and fantastic wines, all at a reasonable price, in a setting that could be found on a stylish via in Milan or Rome.
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Alta Strada reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (62)fit for foodies (38)good for groups (32)great for lunch (20)special occasion (19)hot spot (14)kid-friendly (14)notable wine list (12)romantic (7)great for brunch (5)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • ParcheseVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The duck pasta dish was outstanding. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Lobster pasta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where's the Halibut?
    Klink
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I was disappointed to have my favorite dish disappear from the menu. Instead we all order from the Primi section of the menu. The veal meatballs, eggplant, and kale soup were all delicious. Such a noisy scene, though! We asked for a quiet table, but the place was jammed and couldn't provide one when we arrived at 7.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MUCH TOO NOISY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The noise level overpowered everything else about the restaurant and dining experience. It was actually a relief to step back outside.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud
    JFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I think I heard every other sentence our friends said. It was so loud. There was a guy working in the kitchen calling out when food was ready, it became a joke at the table, "Shrimp Up!" Other than yelling we never quite figured out his job. Food was good but not stellar. Dessert was fantastic though. I will say if was a good team effort in service- we had 8 different people wait on us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just great food
    marcyton
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The tuna nicoise salad was amazing, the margherita pizza was good and those beets were so great!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow service but great meal
    MMcTVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It was packed on a Tues. evening and it took us a while to get seated and a long time to get drinks. We were all busy catching up so it wasn't too bad and each of our many servers was very nice. Good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fanstastic menu
    Outstanding
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The service and food were both outstanding. The place is very loud. I asked for a decaf cappucino at the end of the meal, but 4 hours later, i realized that it was not decaf, and I was up all night. Very very disappointing, as everything else was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good local dining
    judithVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have been here many times - live the location, decor and wait staff has always been great. I think the menu offerings are getting a bit tired and the chef needs to add a few seasonal dishes for some variety. I would also suggest offering a meatball that is beef/pork based (veal not appealing to some and most children). The homemade ricotta with crostini is my favorite - I often get some to go in the downstairs market!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always full
    Yums
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Delicious appetizers and entrees make this restaurant a favorite of ours every time we come through Wellesley. The restaurant is always busy, which detracts from the service a bit, but the good is good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, casual dining
    Grateful
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was good and if I were in the neighborhood, I would not hesitate to drop in. My friend enjoyed the mushroom pasta and said that it was fresh. We both agreed the bread was excellent and my risotto dinner was fine, though did not knock me out. The biggest disappointment was that I did not know that it was so loud. There is not a lot to dampen sound, which bounces off all of the wood. The tables and chairs let me know that the restaurant does not want people to linger - the wood chairs are unforgiving.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diningforpleasure
    DiningforpleasureVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Although I enjoyed the cheese ravioli, two of my guests ordered the pork sandwiches....they thought...not so good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum. Never disappoints.
    eshaunVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Food was amazing as usual. Service was superb. The staff is very attentive and did a great job proactively clearing plates, asking if we wanted anything more, etc. We had a toddler and they were very good with her and understanding the no-no's with a child (i.e., don't put piping hot food in front of her).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brava!
    teupgoodeats
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Delightful, delicious and relaxing. Thanks for not rushing us. Bread and oil was yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant in Wellesley
    Ceat1VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This was our second time dining at Alta Strada. The Halibut was really fantastic, cooked just the way I like it-a little crispy and done well but not overcooked. The service is great there. The eggplant appetizer was to die for! always a sure bet!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    Peter1573
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It starts with the small appetizers - excellent! Then the prosciutto on toasted bread with fig jam - delicious. And then the best halibut dish! Oh yes, and do not miss the Mascarporeo! Obviously we love the food there but somehow this restaurant manages to keep the service great since years despite the usual turnover in personel.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not very inspiring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Although there are a few consistently nice items, the menu continues to be quite boring. Year after year the appetizers never change, and none of them are particularly good. The entrees change only by one or two items, and very seldom. It's always so loud you can hardly have a conversation across the table. My guest and I asked for separate checks, but the waitress brought only one and then said she could take two cards for it...Of course, the purpose was not to split the bill in half, so it made for an uncomfortable situation. We agreed when leaving that Alta Strada is in our past!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fab food and service; a bit loud
    Pickycritic
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The restaurant would be perfect if seating included tables set off in quieter parts of the room. It was very difficult to have an "audible" conversation. Food and service were impeccable. A bit pricey for the quantity served.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch at Alta Strada
    tm2000VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Recently had a weekend lunch at Alta Strada. Our group ordered 3 of the antipasti to share (calamari, spicy green beans, fresh ricotta). All were very good, flavorful and light. 2 of us had the salmon and spinach salad and one of our group had the mushroom luna pasta. The salmon salad was very substantial, but a bit on the salty side. The mushroom luna pasta is always very good. Pleasant lunch, good food, reliable. Nothing exceptional, but nothing bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • deafening noise
    BMW1954VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    great food, way too noisy- stay away from tables near the open kitchen- between the noise from the kitchen and the surrounding tables, it was impossible to have a conversation with the person across the table from me....
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oppi328VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Alta Strada is a local Italian restaurant that offers a few interesting Mediterranean dishes. I ordered 5 small appetizers. I chose calamari with cucumbers, white beans, ricotta cheese with crunchy bread crackers, cold eggplant, and white anchovies with frisée. The white beans weren't very tasty, and the calamari came with too many small onions. My husband got some Italian tuna and a healthy grilled chicken breast entree with tomatoes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alta Strata is perfect every time.
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    No matter what's on the menu, the consistency of good food is there at Alta Stata. My favorites are the pastas and pizzas, as well as the fig and prosciutto appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Great
    squirrelVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food is always good, but rarely great. Something about the flavors in the chopped salad I ordered was lackluster. Hardly ate any of it. Dessert was good, but didn't blow me away. I always expect more when I come here, but rarely get it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great Italian
    BangerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we very much enjoyed our meal here. had a variety of items including pizzas and pastas. the mushroom ravioli (they use another name) are to die for and their pizzas are excellent as well. The antipasti are hit or miss but the tuna was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Very Special Place
    BelmontBlondieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My boyfriend and I met there for our first date 2 years ago and at 12:30am we looked up from our blissful conversation and noticed we were the only ones there! No one asked us to leave as they cleaned up and they smiled as we left holding hands! We just were there for our 2 yr anniversary and it was just as fabulous as every other time we've been there. I love the inventive cocktails, the crunchy veal meatballs, the service is terrific. Our server heard us mention celebration and sent over our sorbetto with a candle in it! We were touched! Alta Strada is a very special place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We live for the bolognese!
    lelaurie368VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I are regulars here - my husband would say it's his FAVORITE restaurant, thanks in BIG part to the BOLOGNESE! It came off the menu for over a year and he (and I) were devastated! It's back and we've had it probably 4 times in the last 3 months! Another favorite of ours - the calamari small plate, mixed with either the greens or arugula salads. Such a great combo! Our only suggestion would be to bring the bread to the tables before the diners have to ask and offer more olive oil to go with the GIANT loaf - it's delicious and hard not to eat the whole thing before dinner arrives!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great meal
    FantasticVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    One of the best restaurants around. Their bolognese is the best. It can get a little loud, but that's about the only negative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but a little loud
    LoveitthereVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great food and excellent service once again at Alta Stada. If they can just find a way to dampen the noise and also put a little more space between the tables (our table was 13 inches from the table next to us) - it would be excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best item we had was the bread.
    Cleo
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Tables too high for banquet and chairs, very uncomfortable. I looked like a little kid reaching up to eat. I didn't order pasta as it would have been too hard to eat sitting so low. Had Halibut instead, as it sounded interesting. It was way overcooked, whole dish too dry and a great disappointment at $34.00. The price point was out of line with the rest of the menu . Restaurant was full, not sure if delay in receiving food was due to kitchen or server input. Very noisy had trouble hearing server. The bread was great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • susan
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Went there to take a colleague out for a goodbye dinner. Food and service were very good. It is a small dining room and the noise level is high. It was very busy with families, couples and college students. A popular spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change for the better
    apprecia8VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Have not previously been to Alta Strada for 5 years, until recently. Pleasantly surprised at the menu improvements. Reasonable range of light Italian choices - perfect for the Summer. Service was unexpectedly good. Fun, casual night out with the family, and good food, left everyone feeling happy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay.
    Kerrit
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    In my opinion the menu was very limited. The table we ate at was small. It was near the corner and every time the wait service past by me they would hit into my chair.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorite places...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I love Alta Strada, great food, great service, great ambience, great wines and desserts .. I come at least once every other week. Jose
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Frequent flyer
    LMazzVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Our food was great and our service was amazing! Another great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • marjoVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Very nice all around restaurant with plenty of menu choices in small plates and full dinners. Wine list by glass and bottle very reasonable and good selection. Busy place and easy to see why - a good place to have a good meal
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 924 reviews are from the Alta Strada reviews archive.
  • white anchovies
    LeftyjJVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the white anchovy salad! We had a new server - Nick - who was great too! All in all a great experience! Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Pasta Around
    RealtorMomVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We love how the chef lets the ingredients shine in this restaurant: simply the best prosciutto, served with fig jam on crisp crostini. Their pasta dishes are not to be missed, as the pasta itself is homemade and each bite is perfectly cooked; the sauces are deep and flavorful, but do not overwhelm. "Specials" always are a hit, too!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I would recommend Alta Strada
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The food was very good. as always. I have been to Alta Strada many times. Service was not as good as usual. On a couple of occasions we had to work hard to get service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected Interaction
    Henry
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food, as usual, was tasty, and arrived promptly. Portions on the small side. Unbelievably, however, our waiter decided to have PROLONGED 'conversations' with a party he perhaps knew, at an adjacent table. This meant that we had unobstructed, close by views of the waiter's buttocks, which remained within millimeters from our table. This occurred with each course he served. Comically, the couple (in their early 20's) at that adjacent table were too soused to pick up our annoyance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent food.
    AverageVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurant. The food is always good. I really like the red Sangria. They did not have it when I went to the restaurant. I had the white Sangria. The biscottis are a great way to end a very good dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • peaceful and delicious lunch
    lovely2lunch
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had a selection of antipasti and wine for lunch, and found the food and service to be just great. We were happy with our corner table which made conversation easy and comfortable. We have been to this restaurant several times for dinner and it was noisier and more crowded, but food and service still very good. We look forward to a return visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate