Alta Strada- Wellesley

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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vipDiningQueen
New England
43 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always great food at Alta Strada! The service is good too! This is a place for lunch or dinner where friends can gather for a good meal at a reasonable price.

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vipJulieB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

just a no brainer to go there. Always terrific all around.

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vipgolfcal
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server approached us quickly after being seated, he was knowledgeable & pleasant. The food was delicious. Great casual dining. Look forward to going back.

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LocalYokel
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the place is a little too loud but the food is great.

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vip2diners
New England
71 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent as usual. Pace of service is fast so keep that in mind if ordering appetizers and entrees. Only disappointment was being told they were out of both Nebbiolo and Montepulciano house wines...seems like poor planning for an Italian restaurant to be out of both on a Saturday evening.

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KevinR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food, service and atmosphere was very good. Had a nice dinner would recommend to friends to try out Alta Atrada

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DonnaW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our waitress and the manager who checked in our table several times through the evening. Food was superior! Loved all aspects of our evening. Two thumbs up!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipLMazz
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alta Strata took good care of us tonight!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Small portions for both appetizer and entree. Prices were on the high side for what we received. We had pasta and never asked if we would like parmigiana. Food quality was only fair. Service was better but lacking. Our hostess went out of her way to give us a nice table.

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vipNigel
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was fine. Nothing outstanding. Server accidentally spilled entire glass bottle of ice water all over me (glass broke). Accidents happen but honestly, no one was very apologetic about it. I was soaking wet and cold for dinner.

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JeremyL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was good, but definitely overpriced, especially considering the tiny portion sizes that leave you hungry for dessert...until you see they are $12 each.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

This was probably due to the Valentines holiday, but it seemed a bit rushed. We found a huge log hair in our Calamari, not a good start to a first time experience. The Calamari was replaced. The pasta was good, the place is cozy, it was just a rushed experience for our first one.

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Cepo
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Even when we made a reservation and we arrived earlier, we had to wait for 20 minutes and no major consideration from the staff. Slow service and we had to ask several times for the same things. The quality of the food is not different from any Bertucci. I gave this restaurant a second opportunity but price-quality is low.

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TamTechHax
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Suggested by our customer for a work dinner - this was perfection from the moment we snagged a spot right in the front (but there is parking in the lot behind the building) and just got better- a delicious glass of Chianti and our party of eight was constantly impressed with service and food! From Calimari to mini meatballs, burratta and tomato caprese salad- all were just enough and not overwhelming. Dinner entree for me was salmon on top of the salad special (greens, Gorgonzola dressing and hazelnuts) and my companions had the pork chop, the amazing chicken parmigiana and pizza. Desserts were yummy- the best tiramisu - and lots of gelatos. Looking forward to trying out the DC and Las Vegas locations

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A neighborhood favorite. Good food and wine. Not crazy inventive but consistently very good.

Alta Strada- Wellesley
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thank you for saying we are a neighborhood favorite! We hope to see you back soon.

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vipbostontraveler48
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for a low-key business lunch. Nice décor, great location with nearby parking, tasty and attractive food, very good service. Will come again.

Alta Strada- Wellesley
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hi Bostontraveler48, Thank you for joining us for lunch and for writing the review. Hope you took advantage of the free parking in the back of the restaurant. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Feels like it’s sliding a bit. Historically a great spot

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

Alta Strada- Wellesley
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thank you for celebrating a birthday dinner with us, and for taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you soon.

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vipLexFoodie
New England
57 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had heard good things, but expectations were exceeded across the board. We loved the food - ranging from the famous Chicken Parm, to Shrimp, to the Pork Chops. Fun wine by the glass options which are reasonably priced. Great helpful service made for an outstanding evening out. Will be back

Alta Strada- Wellesley
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi LexFoodie, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Glad to see you had such a good time. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

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vipcitygirl
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience4

The hostess was very dismissive. I made a reservation in advance and she tried to seat us at a 2 top next to the hostess stand. I asked for a table further away and she said the tables were for reservations - confusing because I had a reservation. I specified a table that was open and she said she didn’t realize it was available because it wasn’t listed on her seating chart as available. It was a bit lame. I have not been to Alta Strada in years but do frequent Juniper where I am always warmly welcomed...without a reservation. It’s a shame that your hostess left me with this impression because the food was tasty and the wait staff was great.

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Pete
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always good for lunch. Various new additions to the menu.

Alta Strada- Wellesley
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi Pete, Thank you for joining us for lunch and for writing the review.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great. Waiter was nice. But very busy. Place is a little too crowded and loud for 5 star rating. But food is delicious and people that work here are great.

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vipESGF
New England
49 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Neighborhood gem. Consistently good food. Poor acoustics make conversations challenging. Great wait staff and hostess.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pastas were good. Pizza could've been better in taste. Also no choice in pizza the night I dined it was a Thursday

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AubreyC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We went to Alta Strada with a work group. I had heard very good things about the food from one of our team members. My meal/experience was very good, but unfortunately, some of my teammates' meals were sub par. At least 5 people in our group did not enjoy their entree - and they all ordered different meals. As the organizer, that was disappointing to me. However, my meal, dessert and wine were very good! The service was pretty good despite our large party, but we did need to remind them about a glass of wine we'd ordered, to bring us plates for our appetizers and replacement forks after they cleared the apps. There was also an extra meal on our bill, which, luckily, my boss spotted before she paid. They took the extra meal off our bill right away, but I did feel like they were slightly overwhelmed by our group. Overall, good experience. Loved that you could book a table for a large party online - made organizing dinner much easier for me. I just wish more of my colleagues enjoyed their meals.

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richardn
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Salmon dish!

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PegB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious, but table was right next to the kitchen. I could have grabbed the ordered myself.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
28 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipSusan
New England
36 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The server was great. She was very professional, pleasant, .....I was disappointed in my choice picking the Bronzino. The Fish was small but tasty, nothing special, but the frisée rose apple salad paired with it was awful. The apples were tasteless and mealy. The panna cotta I had for dessert was very rubbery. The worst panna cotta ever.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday lunch and was planning my wedding with my mother and future mother in law and the food and service was amazing! The patience of the staff was great as well. I recommend this place to everyone!

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vipmbc89
New England
40 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, impeccable service, terrific value.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, superlative service and wonderful food! I very much appreciate that the menu changes through the year to accommodate what is in season.

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PeteN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We had not been here for a couple of years. Very disappointed Dinner was overpriced for the meal we had. Small menu and we did not like the food . Will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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SusanJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

They overbooked and we had to wait for some time in spite of having a reservation. We’ve had the same experience at this restaurant in the past, seems to be a management practice.

Alta Strada- Wellesley
Responded on January 10, 2020

Hi Susan, We are very sorry that you had to wait for your table. It was not our intention for you to start your experience with us waiting to be seated. I will send you my contact information, as I would like to personally apologize to you for your experience. On behalf of the team, Guy

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BobL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food4service2ambience1

They dropped the ball on New Years Eve. Too many issues to list. Very disappointing from a place where we used to go a lot

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vipJamesS
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is generally very good and it’s nice to have.a decent Italian influenced eatery in town. Service is slow but attentive when they finally get to you. The wine servings are very stingy for the price. They bring their glasses of wine in these tiny wine flasks pretending like you’re getting a glass and a half. You’re not even getting a full glass for the $13 to $14 you get charged. Please, please serve your wine in quartina flasks like most restaurants! The pizzas are excellent and have great taste. I’d highly recommend them and their pastas.

Alta Strada- Wellesley
Responded on January 10, 2020

HI James, It seems like we missed the mark on your experience. If you have a moment please reach out to us so we can hear more about your time with us, so we can improve and apologize for you not having a 5 star meal. Guy

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vipPAGCHOC
New England
46 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My meals have always been prepared to perfection. The Spicy Chitarra was not the same. It didn't have the nice spice kick it usually has and the Arugula salad had way to much lemon on it. Since I've been going here for years, I didn't make a comment, because the food is normally always superb. My cocktail and service was good.

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Alta Strada- Wellesley is rated 4.5 stars by 1840 OpenTable diners.

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