I chose Avellino's for my birthday dinner with my wife and son, and everything was great. Only our second time there, the restaurant is about 35 or 40 miles away, so not a place we get to on a regular basis, but it is the best Italian we know within reasonable distance from home. My son and I stuck to some traditional Italian preparations, but my wife decided to try the Prime Rib special and found it the best she has had in many years anywhere. It was also good value at just under $20. Dessert was great as well.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Service and ambiance were
Service and ambiance were excellent. Our waitress was very accommodating and never made us feel rushed. We were very impressed with our overall experience. We have highly recommended this restaurant to family and friends.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time there, was our
First time there, was our anniversary! Requested a romantic table , put us right next to a couple in the corner, asked to move and second table wasn't romantic either. Food was excellent , waitress very good!!
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had an early (6:00 pm)Saturday
We had an early (6:00 pm)Saturday night reservation for 4 and ended up spending 3 hours at our table. We never felt rushed or pressured to leave. The ambiance became noisier as the evening progressed and the restaurant filled up but we were able to converse without difficulty. My husband ordered something that was not on the menu but similar to a dish that was (he requested Veal Saltimbocca which was not offered, however there was a Chicken Saltimbocca on the menu) and our waitress and the chef were very accomodating.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great dining experience. Rico, the chef, prepared the most outstanding meal for us and another couple, and this wasn't the first time! Highly recommend Avellino's.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very nice restaurant. Fresh
Very nice restaurant. Fresh pasta was great. Loved the scallops.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food Was Excellent. Very accommodat
Food Was Excellent. Very accommodating With Substitutions. Best Tiramisu Ever. Highly Recommend..
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were impressed by the quality
We were impressed by the quality of the food. We enjoyed chatting with Chef Rico who explained the housemade motto of all of their fare.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining seat we had was by
Dining seat we had was by the kitchen, could see what was coming out of the kitchen. Not sure what the rest of the restaurant was like.
Not that impressed with the speciality drink menu and not that familiar with wines, but they did have plenty of them listed. Noticed that our server did off another table a small wine tasting of a recommended wine. Food menu on the other hand was great. Was impressed that the chef takes the time to check each order before it goes out to the table. Server was excellent, not sure if she told us her name.
Signed up for the 3 Table Restaurant Group news letter, looking forward to seeing what they have coming up. Definitely would go back.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was not particularly interested
I was not particularly interested in your "special features." I was interested in a good place to talk--meeting a friend. I knew the food would be good, the ambiance would be conducive to a good conversation, etc. I was very pleased with our server, Danny. He was attentive but not intrusive; efficient but not hurrying, etc. The restaurant is not "neighborhood" for me, although I would frequent it much more often if it were. I live in Sutton and there are many convenient and good restaurants in Worcester,m but Avellino's is worth the drive.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
High Quality Italian Food
We picked Avellino on the recommendation of a trusted friend. We wanted a relaxed special-occasion dinner for a family member about to embark on a new adventure.
The recipes and ideas were adventurous, without being "odd" to a lover of Italian cuisine. The pasta dishes were perfectly prepared, both classics and unusual pairings to choose from . More standard meat dishes such as parmigianas were both generous and delicious.
We selected wines from the by-the-glass menu that offered a nice selection at "higher," but understandable prices. The pour was notably generous.
Avellino more than met our expectations.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service. Chef Rico does a terrific job with all his creations.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful meal, a fabulous time
We found Avellino online as we were coming from out of town. Reservation was ready when we arrived, our guests from CT were late, but the staff was very understanding. Ordered the calamari, fried green beans and artichoke dip for appetizers. They were all very good, especially the crispy green beans. The calamari was a little confusing as it appeared to be more of a soup than appetizer. Entrees were tremendous. 2 of us had grilled salmon over lemon risotto with tomatoes and greens and it was one of the best restaurant meals I have ever eaten. The gnocchis, pollo saltimbocca, chicken parmigiana, and raviolis were all plentiful and delicious. Cannolis for dessert were also wonderful. Highly Recommended!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hit & miss
Nice spot in Sturbridge. We had been to the Duck upstairs a few times so we wanted to give this place a try. Nice ambience, Christine, our server, was outstanding. Good and affordable wine selection. On the main course front, we had mixed feeling. I had the oso bucco that was good. My wife had the chicken Milanese which was very bland and unappealing in its presentation. Dessert was excellent. We would go back but would stay away from the chicken Milanese. We still prefer the Duck upstairs.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
a great meal at bargain price...
A fine meal that was very reasonably priced!! If I lived in this neighborhood, I would be a regular. Fantastic, cheery service with a very caring staff!! The risotto appetizer was main course size. The eggplant parm was great. IFine wine list complements the food. All in all... a keeper. I will be back.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food at a good price
Food was excellent. Meatball appetizer was outstanding. Very good entree choices. Home made sauce for pasta dishes was very good. Will definitely go back.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delightful Birthday Dinner
The decor was pleasant but uninspired. That isn't a bad thing but some wall art or some fabric would help alleviate the almost earsplitting bursts of laughter. Laughter is a good thing and a sign that folks are enjoying themselves, but at times we had to stop talking until the noise went down.
The food was excellent and desserts delightful. Our server was very professional and made our meal one to remember.
Nice personality, did not hover but seemed to appear exactly when it was appropriate. All in all it was a wonderful, albeit loud, dining experience and I look forward to returning for more great food, or maybe dessert and coffee!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Italian Food a Notch Above!
We went here after dining at Cedar Street Grille the night before, not knowing the venues were related. Avellino's didn't disappoint . . . the drinks, the food, and the service were all fantastic.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our first experience
It was our first experience and we were bringing
friends. Overall,it was a very nice dining experince forr
all...service,food& drinks,atmosphere &
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gluten free with respect.
The staff at Avelino took care of my allergy issues without making me feel odd or disrespected. I had the gluten free pasta with vodka sauce. It was delicious. The salad was also great ! I look forward to returning to Avellino!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Italian food
This is good authentic Italian food. The sauces are flavorful and meatballs were the perfect consistency. The only reason I did not give 5 stars for food is the veal was over salted. Everything else was great . We will return.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy food great service
Avellino had great food and servers that were on top of anything we asked for. When we arrived the table was ready and we sat down right away.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Find in Sturbridge
Good food, generous drinks and a good wine list including some wonderful by-the-glass choices. Service was good and very friendly as well. Not a bargain, but very fairly priced, especially so in a tourist spot like Sturbridge
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menu is standards but well prepared and with some inspired additions. Overall we enjoyed dinner. It's a bit noisy but not distracting.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I recently went with my boyfriend to The Avellino in Sturbridge for his birthday. We wanted real, flavorful Italian food and that is exactly what we got. He had gotten chicken marsala and I ate a cheese ravioli with marinara sauce to die for. The restaurant had great deals like getting an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $19.95. All the food sounded delicious and tasted amazing. There was an extensive wine list and my boyfriend actually got an italian draft beer which he said was the best beer he had ever tasted. The service was very good and the place was nice and quiet with romantic settings for couples but also nice bigger tables for a family event. You don't have to get too dressy to go out to eat here either which is always nice.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meeting out of town friends in Sturbridge brought us to Avellino on the basis of some online reviews. No complaints, food was excellent and service was good. Prices are in line with the quality. One tip...if you look at their online menu, just remember that it's a sample and not exactly what you will find in the menu given to you at dinner. My wife had her sights on a certain dish that wasn't on the current menu, so she was disappointed. Avellino rates high for us and we will certainly return.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best around
We have been fortunate enough to visit all of the Table Three Restaurants, and all are outstanding!!! We have recommended all of them to our friends and co-workers and they were impressed from atmosphere to service to food. The take out food offered for Superbowl Sunday........just as wonderful (and convenient)! Thanks Table Three!!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary at Avellino's and could not have chosen a better restaurant. Everything was superb and what made it even more special was our waiter, Danny, who recommended a fantastic wine and also helped us with our menu choices.
We can't wait to go back!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food Warm Inviting Atmosphere
Fresh warm bread and fragrant dipping oil was brought soon after we were seated by our well trained and knowledgeable waiter. The wine list was varied and adequate. We started with the calamari which was more than mildly spicy as noted on the menu but quite delicious. The service was perfectly paced and above standard without being intrusive. My salmon was fresh and perfectly prepared and the spinach not drenched in garlic. My husband enjoyed his seafood and pasta, again fresh, perfectly seasoned, and brought to the table piping hot. Their desserts looked tantalizing but we were too full. We found the prices quite reasonable considering the nice atmosphere, excellent service, and well prepared delicious food.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Avellino is always a fabulous time. Table Three (group ownership of this and two other local restaurants) always puts their best foot forward. The food is top-notch, service outstanding, ambiance delightful...love, love, love this place! Nothing but the best.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Needed a restaurant to meet up with family from out of town and this was the place....
Great food, service and ambiance. I remember the type of restaurant that used to be in this place and it was very over priced. The quality of food matched the price. Bar drinks were a bit pricey for the size drinks we were served but that was overlooked quickly by the attentive service and great food. Thank you for the great night out...will be back soon!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner before a play
My husband and I had dinner at Avellino's for the first time on Sat. night. We loved it. We each had the pasta and meatballs. One of the best I've ever had.And We've been to Italy. The bread was to die for. And the salad light and tasty. We had so much left over we will be enjoying it each for our dinner tonight. We did not have room for dessert, but saw the sample tray go by.WOW. We are real foodies and put this one at the top of our list. Plus the staff was over the top friendly and professional.
Karen and David Richards.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an enjoyable time. The service was excellent and the food was good.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night out
Our experience at Avellino's was outstanding. The food was spectacular and the service very attentive. We highly recommend Avellino's .
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls night out
My friend and I have been going to Avellino for our monthly get together's and we have never been disappointed. The food has always been delicious. Quite often we try their specials, for they sound too good to pass up, and we are very rarely disappointed. During the fall season, I would HIGHLY recommend the butternut squash risotto balls for an appetizer - absolutely amazing! Looking forward to our next visit!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love you guys
We go there for the food, and for Danny who works there. The service is always exceptional and we're treated as an important customer. Thanks for another great night, Greg & Kristine Hudzik
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was outstanding
When I go out to eat I want good food but more importantly I look for good service. That is exactly what I got at Avalino's The service was wonderful and the food was delicious. We will defiantly be back.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Applause to the chef
Haven't been to Sturbridge in ages, used to come here as a child with mom and dad. Was having a reunion of sorts with my Big Brother, and I knew he liked certain foods, I looked up the menu, spotted some of the appetizers and took a chance. Best move I've made in awhile! Great food from start to finish. I will definately recommend and return to Avellino's.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
First tie at Avellino's. The food and service were excellent; honestly the reviews (all of which were good) don't do it justice. The seating chairs could have been a bit more comfortable (I have an injured leg so that does kind of matter). But overall I would highly recommend the restaurant; I will definitely return again.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We met friends for dinner. All six of us were extremely happy with our meals. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine and food selections making excellent recommendations. Would highly recommend this restaurant and plan to return soon!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
All around just awesome experience.
All around just awesome experience...food, ambiance, service. Will defintiely be back.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice place in central Mass
Tasty take on Italian cuisine. If you like bold flavors and large helpings you will enjoy Avellino. A short but decent selection of Italian wines. Our server was both personable and professional and the best we have encountered in this neighborhood.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely dining, sparce setting
We had a very enjoyable dinner, well served, nicely plated and served hot. The chef did a perfect job on the main course,although I would rethink the cheddar risotto.
We all thought the room was a little sterile and that some dashes of bright colors would have given it a little life, the muted colored walls and white material covered windows left us with a blank background that seemed to dull our table conversation. A little noise dampening would help quiet conversations from other tables.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I ate too much!
The food was beyond fabulous and I couldn't stop!! Everything was outstanding, can't wait to return.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to eat!
Avellino is a great place to enjoy Italian food in a quiet, friendly atmosphere. The staff is very attentive to your needs and the food was excellent and reasonably priced! Each of my friends and I enjoyed dining here for dinner and will most likely return again in the near future! I would highly recommend Avellino for date night or a night out with the girls.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I am never disappointed when
I am never disappointed when I eat here. Everything was fabulous.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM