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About 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.
Wellesley, MA 02482
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm -10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The hustle and bustle of downtown Wellesley offers plenty of on-street parking. There is also a parking lot in back of the restaurant.
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Alta Strada Ratings and Reviews
I have been to this restaurant before and it was much better than this time. Unfortunately, it was just very very average and underwhelming time time around. Our waiter was in a some sort of daze and very unenthusiastic to be there on a Tuesday night. We had to constantly ask him for everything and then he would disappear for 5-6 minutes at a time (even there it was not busy that evening). The food was OK but not outstanding. The toast on my calamari app was charded and tasted aweful. The veggies in my duck dish were overcooked and dry and crunchy. Sorry.......this was not worth $300 (for 3). There are many more better options. I will skip this place next time.
We can't say enough about the genuine hospitality that was offered when we arrived for dinner that was dependent on flights being on time into Logan. The flights weren't but the staff at Alta Strada assured us we would be served. It was late in the evening on a Monday night. They were so accommodating and the food was worth the anxiety over delayed flights. We had a delicious meal. Everything was a cut above the normal suburb Italian meal. This one delivered.
Went for brunch here on a Sunday. Food was good, and it was hard to choose off the menu because of the varied options. Everything sounded delicious.
I ordered the proscuitto di parma with fig jam but they had run out of it. Chose truffle mac and cheese which was tasty. Short rib hash with poached eggs was cooked perfectly.
The staff seemed rushed and rushed us a few times. Not detailed oriented, and seem to do only their task. Was brought coffee but no milk or sugar, and no one asked if I wanted any. A bit abrupt. Not sure if it was because there was a private party going on. Would try again, the food is worth it.
I’ve enjoyed eating there in the past, but on this occasion I and others in our party were struck by how small the entree potions were. We don’t expect large portions, but the serving sizes we were given were exceedingly small for the price. Some of the items were good, or very good, while others were just okay. Service during the second half of our meal was very slow. Initially, we planned to order coffees and desert, but by the time the server returned to our table, so much time had elapsed that we had to request the check and leave.
Hadn't been there for a number of years and was somewhat disappointed. Food is decent but ambiance isn't that pleasant and somewhat noisy. Service is spotty. Mostly, everything seems a little overpriced for the portion size, the wines especially. Paid $54 for a bottle that retails typically for $14. I understand doubling the price, but this is way too much. Seems more like a place that is intent on making money in upscale Wellesley, rather than providing quality.
We had a nice brunch and were impressed with the menu. There were some takes on traditional brunch items as well as some non-traditional. Good diverse selection. Bloody Mary's were excellent but the orange Mimosa was a bit flat. Amazing bread. The only disappointment was the truffle mac and cheese app. It was lacking any type of sauce and was dry. I had a meatball app and just swabbed the noodles in the red sauce. In retrospect, I should have said something to the waiter. The setting and ambiance were great and the service attentive. I would go back, but be more selective about my order.
We have eaten here several times before and enjoyed the food. However, this time, the menu had been changed and the prices charged for what was actually served seemed universally exorbitant. $27 for half of one small chicken thigh in some tomatoes and capers with 5 thin stalks of asparagus. It was supposed to be an entree and it was barely what I would call an appetizer. It was tasty, but just too expensive for what it was. And that is the same for all of our meals. Not at all what you would expect with the price tag. We won't go back.
Our server was very good. Very attentive. Food was excellent. Had the Caesar salad, crispy meatballs, prime rib, fish and one of the pasta dishes. All were very flavorful. The pre-meal bread was exceptional. Desserts - cheesecake and make your own cookies were outstanding. When in Wellesley this is a must visit.
We've been to this restaurant and have always had great service and food. This time, however, it took 15 min. for someone to acknowledge we were seated. We always order the same drinks, vodka, rocks, splash of orange juice. It took 20 minutes for the drinks to arrive. It wasn't so busy that it should have taken this amount of time.
The food is always good, as are the drinks. The negative in this particular experience was that when the bill came, the charge was for "vodka drink - $10.00, orange juice - $2.00". This is a first for this restaurant, and it was at most, 1T of juice. Also for anchovies on the Caesar salad - $3.00. I don't know when they began to separate out the items, but it doesn't work for me.
When this restaurant opened we would go a couple of times each year and always loved it. Had not been here in several years and was disappointed with the food. My wife & I had different pasta dishes and felt they were both mediocre. Flavor was lacking in the sauces. Several other nearby Italian restaurants, including chains, are superior to Alta Strada. We will not be returning . This restaurant has gone downhill since its opening years ago.
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