Amelia's Trattoria
Amelia's Trattoria

Amelia's Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ameliastrattoria.com/
  • Phone: 6178687600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Sarturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Delio Susi, Jr.
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We offer full catering service customized to your event. Please contact Rebecca at ameliascambridge@gmail.com with any questions.
  • Private Party Facilities: At Amelia’s our staff will help you make the most of your special event. We work with you personally to attend to every detail of your dining experience, from customizing your menu to choosing floral arrangements for decorations. We can comfortably accommodate 40 people for dinner or 50 people for a stand up cocktail reception. Whether it is a graduation, baby shower, corporate event or anniversary, our dining room is intimate, cozy and flexible for any type of occasion. For more information or to speak to the chef about a customized menu please call the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Portland
  • Public Transit: Ten minute walk from Kendall T-stop (Red line)and Central Square.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street metered parking available directly in front of Amelia's on Portland St. Draper Lab parking garage is located across the street.
A word from Amelia's Trattoria
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Amelia's Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (81)fit for foodies (60)special occasion (27)romantic (26)great for outdoor dining (16)notable wine list (13)good for groups (9)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • The food and service are excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/5/2009
    The food and service are excellent. Tables are a little too close together but otherwise a very anjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at Amelia's, good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/4/2009
    First time at Amelia's, good service, great food, moderate price, small place but very comfortable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food from first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/4/2009
    Excellent food from first course thru dessert. Resturant is small so go early as it got crowded and a bit noisy as the place filled with diners. Will go back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely neighborhood gem. The
    5starVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2009
    Lovely neighborhood gem. The waitstaff was attentive and offered great recommendations off the menu. The wine list was pretty extensive, and the bartender allowed us to sample a few diffrent ones, until we found a bottle that suited our palate. The food was great, I had the basil pasta and my husband had the seafood liguini. We were both pleased with our seletions. We also had the calamari to start...it was absolutely delicious. The best I have had in a long time. Great place to go after work or on the weekend to get away from the noisy trendy city resturants. you wont be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great(4 different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/21/2009
    Food was great(4 different entrees we all liked);nice ambience; staff attentive and flexible (we needed to move reservation 1/2 hour); would definitely recommend. Noise level was a bit high but improved mid-way through entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little place with excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/20/2009
    Great little place with excellent North Italian food that offsets crowded & noisy conditions.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like to eat. Amelia's is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/12/2009
    I like to eat. Amelia's is a charming and quiet respite with a thoughtful small menu and delicious specials. Obviously somebody is paying attention in this kitchen. Even though we had to rush a bit and delay our reservation, the staff was accommodating and friendly. My husband chose a truffle and marscapone cheese ravioli with a white truffle and mushroom sauce. OMG. The edges of the ravioli were just slightly crispy which added a lovely texture component which could have been very one dimensional if cooked with less skilled hands. I had the veal chop with a crispy potato cake and baby brussle sprouts which were tasty but unfortunately undercooked and difficult to chase around my plate. My guest had the scallops where were yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was my fourth visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/10/2009
    This was my fourth visit to Amelia's. It was my special day and I asked that my friend join me for dinner here as my previous experiences were great. He had not yet been and I knew he would love it and he did! The food is wonderful and the atmosphere relaxed and well suited for a nice quiet conversation. There is no feeling of being rushed but rather perfect for a long enjoyable meal with great wine.
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  • I work down the street from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/3/2009
    I work down the street from this restaurant and we tend to go there often for lunch and also for drinks after work. The place is always busy, clean, comfortable and the food is amazing! The waitstaff and chef are friendly and accommodating. I really enjoy dining here and I highly recommend it to anyone living and working in and around the Cambridge/Boston area!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening over great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/31/2009
    Great evening over great food and wine. Amelia's is one of pour special places.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I made a reservation at Amelia's
    PowWowChowsVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2009
    I made a reservation at Amelia's for 8:30, but when we arrived a table was not available. After waiting a while, we seated ourself at the bar. We had to get menus ourselves. We finally decided to deal with the bartender--he was great--in order to order dinner and select a wine. The wait staff was of no help, and I'm not sure what the value was of our reservation. Food was good, but not great. There are many very good restaurants in Boston these days, so "good" wouldn't merit a return visit.
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  • The service and the food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/19/2009
    The service and the food was excellent. I enjoyed a nice night out with my girlfriend, and the restaurant was ready with flowers on the table and even provided a glass of champagne on the house. It is the perfect place for a romantic date without all of the over the top cheesy bells and whistles. The waiter was friendly and attentive. Would strongly recommend Amelias for any occasion. Just as nice for a good meal and a ball game.
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  • Exceptional Italian cooking.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/17/2009
    Exceptional Italian cooking. Delio the chef brings just a touch of spice to superb Italian dishes. We discovered Amelia's in the summer and now eat there every week. The bolognaise is his signature dish and is the best anywhere. Great services and a cosy setting.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The appetizers were somewhat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2009
    The appetizers were somewhat disappointing (calamari and salad). The balsamic dressing on the salad was too vinegary. The entree...the braised short rib bolognese...was very good...although very rich.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salads arrived--heavy on the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2009
    Salads arrived--heavy on the oil and low on the acid--pretty unbalanced. When entrees arrived they brought me someone else's meal. My Chicken Milanese was decidedly NOT Milanese, NEVER is Milanese served with a chunky tomato sauce and mozz/parm on top. The wait staff completely forgot about us. I was never asked if I wanted wine with dinner. My dinner companion was brought the wrong dessert. My apple tart had maybe two tiny pieces of apple! They charged $12 for a martini (I paid $7 the night before at nice neighboring restaurant) When they returned with my AmEx and receipt, the comment card which had appeared with my bill was removed after I asked about the $12 plain vodka martini. A disappointing $100+ meal for two.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit cramped for space (we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/16/2009
    A bit cramped for space (we had to pick up a table and move it so we could get out after dinner). Service was good except it took forever to get our dessert ... tiramisu came out right away, and then we waited about 10 minutes for the other desserts. One of our party was an hour late, but the staff were accommodating as we waited and had an app.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were basically placed at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2009
    We were basically placed at a makeshift table placed in the doorway - total fire code violation, not to mention the draft, people knocking into us as they came in. Waiter was not accommodating, manager was rude - it seemed open table customers received lower priority. I've been to this restuarant before for lunch and I remembered it as a more pleasant a dining experience, the food generally excellent but this time was just OK.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was an outstanding dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/1/2009
    This was an outstanding dining experience in every way. The restaurant is small, room for only about 30 diners, but this makes it cozy. The menu is fairly short, but has several unusual and intriguing items. The presentation of the food was first rate. And the food itself was delicious. The waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. The chef even came out to see how we liked the food. First rate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Location and cost are the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2009
    Location and cost are the only negative aspects of this cool place. Service is exceptional, food is tasty and well prepared, and wine list is good. Real pleasure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The waitstaff hardly acknowledged
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2009
    The waitstaff hardly acknowledged we were there. There were two waiters, and one did not seem to be even waiting on customers. The one who waited on us had to be stopped on his way by - he never inquired how our meal was or if we needed anything. The dessert order was wrong and we were told it it would be nine minutes before it could be corrected. As a result, our guest did not have dessert.
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  • This is an excellent place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/2/2009
    This is an excellent place that I will frequent very often!!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • While this isn't quite a "neighborh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2009
    While this isn't quite a "neighborhood gem," it's a more-than decent restaurant with a pleasant ambience and pretty good food. Nothing mind-blowing, but perfectly nice. The only complaint was the air conditioning wars that seemed to be going on between different customers in the restaurant. Some of us (those of us seated near the bar) were too cold and wanted it turned off. Others were too hot and wanted it turned back on. It was a very hot and cold experience. Otherwise, totally worth a visit for decent a little neighborhood joint.
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  • Intimate, simple yet elegant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2009
    Intimate, simple yet elegant and delicious, Amelia's is a great neighborhood restaurant. The best feature is the service -- the waiters are friendly and enthusiastic, also very efficient. The owner/chef also interacts with patrons and has a great rapport with the waiters. The only potential problem with Amelia's is the acoustics. It is loud. Not the place to go if you want a quiet dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is very good as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2009
    The food is very good as always but the service was very slow and it was very warm in there. It was a very humid night and they only had fans there. They also were pouring warm water at our table rather than cold water. The bathroom there is terrible and the floors were very slippery. I go there because their food is very good and not really for the atmosphere. They also have very good martinis there.
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  • The food was wonderful and
    DineOutDiner
    Dined on 8/18/2009
    The food was wonderful and the server outstanding. The restaurant was quite hot, but the fans kept the air moving at least. The area the restaurant is tucked away in seems a little iffy at first, but it was still quite an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'd never been to Amelia's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/18/2009
    I'd never been to Amelia's Trattoria - but the restaurant menu week looked appetizing, so we went on a Tuesday night. The food was delicious, with generous portions! The Arancini was phenomenal! Braised short ribs with polenta also delicious! We were so full we had to have one of our desserts packed up to take home! The only down side was we went on one of the hottest days of the year, and there was no air conditioning, only ceiling fans. It was pretty uncomfortable in there, but we're going to go back when the weather cools off :)
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    romantic
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  • I've always loved Amelia's...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2009
    I've always loved Amelia's... my only complaint is that it doesn't seem to be a secret any longer.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Lovely, lovely time at this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2009
    Lovely, lovely time at this fabulous slow food gem. I don't know why it isn't packed every night. The homemade pasta is divine, are the light, crispy calimari. My vegtarian antipasto was outstanding, and my husband ooohed and aaaahed over his intensely flavored and meaty short ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our new favorite restaurant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/7/2009
    Our new favorite restaurant, especially before a movie at the Kendall. Very pleasant atmosphere, professional & organized staff, and amazing food. It's small, so I'm a little worried it will get more popular and we won't get to go - but I want it to stay open too! Reasonably priced for great, pretty food with good-sized portions (and freshly-made pasta). Plus, you can buy $6 movie tickets there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I wasn't expecting much, though
    MarcoVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2009
    I wasn't expecting much, though friends had told me that Amelia's was very good. When driving by, I'd never seen many people inside so I was skeptical. It WAS very good. Their soft shell crab special blew me away! Pastas and salads also excellent. Will definitely go back for more ambitious mains. Another huge plus is its proximity to the Kendall Sq. Teater!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate