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About 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.

111 Harvard St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Sarturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Portland

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 868-7600

Website:
http://www.ameliastrattoria.com/

Catering:
We offer full catering service customized to your event. Please contact Rebecca at ameliascambridge@gmail.com with any questions.

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.

Public Transit:
Ten minute walk from Kendall T-stop (Red line)and Central Square.

Executive Chef:
Delio Susi, Jr.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

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Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Amelia's Trattoria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on April 13, 2012

Wonderful atmosphere .....Wonderful food.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 7, 2012

We went as a couple to enjoy Amelia's delicious and creative food (already convinced from a prior visit). It was quiet enough to have meaningful conversation between ourselves, yet, we enjoyed the spirit of several larger groups having a great time as well. While my husband enjoys brousing the winelist at each restaurant we frequent, we decided to go with the evening's recommended wine. It was a hit with our meals, especially complimentary to the pasta sauces

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 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2012

Amelia's Trattoria is so good that I hate to reveal it to the masses!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 31, 2012

Phantom Gourmet recommended it and it did not disappoint. The ONLY drawback is that you're sitting right against the chair behind you; too tight.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 29, 2012

We recently dined at Amelias for the first time. The food was above average, but the ambiance could have been better -- very tight seating and lots of noise. That said, we knew this going in based on others reviews, so I can't really complain about this. More importantly the food was above average. I would recommend it to friends with the caveat mentioned.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 29, 2012

Very good restaurant week experience. We will go back and try their regular menu.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 29, 2012

We started off on a sour note because we had to wait about 10 minutes to sit even though we had a reservation. Then they squeezed us into a table where neither of us could push out our chairs. The food was good and the service was okay. I was disappointed that the labeled "fennel salad" had only a trace amount of fennel! Typical tiny yet expensive plates, so don't come too hungry! Wine was good though.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 27, 2012

I went during restaurant week. The polenta tasted grainy. The thin crust white sauce pizza with mushrooms was divine. The lamb was a disappointment. Okay-size wine list. Dessert was a strawberry panna cotta, tasted like strawberry cream cheese. Could be good or bad, depends on, if you like strawberry cream cheese. Would come back, for the italian stuff, since they are an italian restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2012

Food and ambiance are very good as is the prompt and no-fuss service. The place is small but very nice decor - mellow and busy at the same time. Personally, only drawback is you are sitting right next to people and I'm not into that. Otherwise a great find.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2012

A great little neighborhood joint! Excellent food & service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2012

Visited for Restaurant Week and we all enjoyed out meals. Nice menu selection, carefully prepared food, some pleasantly unusual options. The whole experience was a pleasant surprise. The restaurant is very small, but we never felt on top of neighboring tables. The service was very good, staff seemed to share responsibilities and they were all on their game. I look forward to returning to Amelias!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2012

Food was delicious. The restaurant is small. It was a very pleasant experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2012

My boyfriend and I went to Amelia's for the first time for Restaurant Week and it was amazing! The service was fantastic and the food even better. We started with the candied beet salad and clams, then had the lamb chop loin and triangoli for the second course; everything was cooked to perfection and came out hot and flavorful. For dessert we shared the house tiramisu and the panna cotta and both were wonderful.

I would certainly recommend a date night at Amelia's or a small group dinner; the only downside to the place is that it's relatively small so one large group came in and effectively filled up the whole restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2012

We went here as part if Restaurant Week. The food was amazing and the service impeccable. I will definitely be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 17, 2012

Reservations were only availabe thru Open Table and that creates a limitation to only small groups. Not a restaurant issue but an OT problem. No way to have one person make a rez for more than 5 people, even if there are multiple tables available.
Food was good-very good. Flavors are rich, choices are interesting, portions are healthy. The red bean dip for the bread is a star.
A very moderately priced wine list - Barolos and the like for under 80 dollars.
Very friendly staff - cheerful and outgoing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 17, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Amelia's. Great pasta, reasonable prices, and very friendly, knowledgeable service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2012

We took our niece here,our second time dining here, and were once again treated wonderfully. We ordered a few appys for the table that were all delicious - eggplant caponatina, polenta and arugula salad. Our dinners were fabulous as well - spaghetti with fresh clams in a red sauce, gnocci with chicken, and papardelle with mushroom and truffle oil. And very nice wine and flourless chocolate torte and panacotta. We will be back with my parents in two weeks!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 2, 2012

Amelia's has consistently good food at decent prices and they can usually squeeze us in. The service is always personal and pleasant. The wine selection is ok. There aren't a whole lot of options for wine but they have some nice bottles. The food is always good and comes out at a nice temperature and on time. They always have interesting specials as well as some mainstays on the menu. Definitely try the meatball app.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 2, 2012

I've been to Amelia's Trattoria a couple times now. The first time was great, and the last was even better! It's a tiny place, but that brings a very nice feel to it. The food was amazing! We went at around 6:30 on a friday and two waiters actual took care of us the whole night and there were only two of us. And they were just so friendly and happy. It was a great experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2012

Tonight was our first time here & my husband and I really enjoyed our meal; we both splurged on the special-lobster ravioli, and though pricey @$33 it was worth it, as had a good amt. of lobster both inside the raviolis and in the center of the dish, w. a nice brandy sauce & sprinkling of fresh dill. The red wine was full bodied and smooth, & the warm italian bread was accompanied w. a tasty spread & fresh oil. Atmosphere was cozy & comfortable, and service was both attentive & personable. One pleasant surprise was that they sell discount tickets to the nearby Kendall movie theatre where we were headed directly afterward. We saved $5/ticket-- particularly appreciated given their normal hefty $11 ticket price. Will certainly return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 22, 2012

We were there for an anniversary dinner and found it to be a surprisingly good restaurant even though it was completely empty. The reasonably priced food was artfully prepared, and the portions were very generous. Everything surpassed our expectations, and we will definitely return.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2012

My second time here, and once again was astounded by the food and ambiance. Amelia's is a place that gives off a nice warm feeling, making dinner with a small group of friends as enjoyable as a first date with someone. The food was unbelievable as always, especially for the great prices(my date and I both felt that it was one of the best meals we've had in Massachusetts). The service was great; the servers were all so friendly and funny. They wore clothes that fit the atmosphere and helped foster a laid back casual date. I cannot wait to return. Strawberry Panna Cotta Forever!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2012

This elegant, non pretentious, boutique experience was perfect for Valentine's Day. My understanding was that their menu changes daily but I'm sure every dish is a piece of edible art made to perfection. We had the calamari for an appetizer that was absolutely incredible because the rice encasement melted in your mouth with a variety of flavors and the squid was a nice al dente texture. I can speak for my lobster ravioli : there may have been just as many solo pieces of lobster as there were of actual ravioli. Spectacularly delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2012

The food was good, service was exceptional, but since its small with only about 8 tables you have to wait even if you have reservations. So if you have the time it's worth it and the service will make you feel better about waiting just because they are so nice.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2012

I think this place is OK but not wonderful. It is a cute restaurant but I didn't find the food amazing.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2012

Noisy to the point one needed to yell to be heard. Food was tasteless & over cooked. We had to send the first bottle of wine back due to bad cork.
Overall a memorable night for the wrong reasons.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2012

Very hospitable - lovely waitstaff. Wonderful food with a creative Italian menu - interesting without trying too hard.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2012

I ordered three dishes, spinach salad, polenta, and gnocchi while my daughter ordered mussels and hanger steak. While my salad was very good, my polenta was tasteless and served with mushrooms that were so tough I thought they had been freeze dried. The gnocchi were served in so much butter and so little seasoning they were almost inedible. While my daughter said the mussels were good, she thought the steak had too much pepper on it. The overall ambiance was charming and the wait staff were prompt and courteous. Something went seriously wrong in the kitchen. Overall, it was one of the worst dinners out I have had in years.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2012

Had dinner at Amelia's for the first time in several years, and was surprised and disappointed with dishes, especially a white truffle mushroom pappadellli dish that had NO truffle flavor! I have had white truffles in Italy, use truffle oil at home, and I know what truffles are supposed to taste like, and there was absolutely nothing in this dish that resembled truffles. Had a bolognaise pasta that was forgettable. Caesar salad was probably the best of our dishes, but even it wasn't that special. Couple with us were also disappointed with both of their dishes, although they did enjoy a beet salad. Probably won't go again, which is a shame because I like to support small businesses such as this and lunches there have been good.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 16, 2012

Restaurant located near several biotech companies and academic lab. It tried to be a sofisticated restaurant but fail in some aspect: food and service. Although, friendly staff and chef tried to accommodate all possible demands including a request outside of menu. Be careful, the online menu does not correspond to actual menu on this restaurant. Overall, this restaurant has potential to be a good place.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2012

A nice cozy spot with friendly people and traditional Italian dishes done well. There is nowhere to hide in this small restaurant, including the kitchen which is on display at the far end of the dining room. The menu is not as sprawling as many Italian restaurants and that is a good thing. Every dish we ordered came out hot and delicious.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2012

We were very pleased on our first visit. Service was prompt and efficient. The menu was not extensive. bit interesting and very good. Adequate portion size.
Looks like a neighborhood hot spot.
Is convenient fot dining before of after a movie at the Kendall Sq Cinema.
Will definitely go again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2011

We had a mediocre experience dining at Amelia's. The food was very bland and was swimming in oil and butter. There was not enough salt, pepper, or any spice. The restaurant was very attractive, but I didn't find the food to be all that other reviewers had suggested.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2011

Highly recommend this nice neighborhood restaurant. Great food and attentive wait staff. Can't go wrong.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2011

Great food, attentive service. Will be going back soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2011

The service was great and the waiter was very friendly. Food was excllent as well.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2011

Absolutely delicious baked meatball appetizer, warm fresh foccacia, frutti de mare, and amazing gnocchi. We went on a Wednesday night for dinner and a movie at the nearby Kendall Square Theater. Discounted tickets are available through the restaurant which is great! There were only a handful of others eating so the atmosphere was quiet and enjoyable. Would not want to be here on a Friday or Saturday night since the place is very small, and I imagine it can get too crowded and loud. Definitely go here for a weeknight date or outing with a small group!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2011

The food is amazing........delicious! It is very authentic Italian fare.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2011

We love the feel of Trattoria Amelia. it's small, surrounded by windows and has the feel of a New York restaurant. The salads were wonderful and the 2 appetizers we had were great-fried calamari on risotto and mushrooms on polenta. The mushrooms were better than the polenta. Servers were pleasant but not tuned in but somehow forgivable. We'd return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2011

This was our first time here despite living in the neighborhood 4+ years. We had spectacular meals. We ordered 2 of the seven fishes of the feast appetizers - cod cakes and lump crab arancini, both which were fabulous. I had the linguine with red clam sauce which was delicious, and he had the three cheese ravioli. And the wine selection was great. We will surely go back and bring others, thanks!

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