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About Tartufo Restaurant
Tartufo Restaurant is an award-winning Italian restaurant featuring authentic, unique, Abruzzese cuisine conveniently located in Newton Centre, MA. We specialize in chef-prepared Italian dishes-homemade to order-with all natural ingredients.
Newton Center, MA 02459
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9.00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Conveniently located on the Green line, D line, Newton Center stop
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room
Tartufo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
First time to this neighborhood restaurant on Valentine's Day and found the place to be very inviting in spite the crowded atmosphere. Parking was a bit of a challenge but there were enough side streets to find a spot. Valet was available but was very busy when we arrived so just parked nearby. Very attentive to us when we entered, although we had to wait about 20 mins past our reservation time (not unexpected on this day). They were kind enough to get a chair for my elderly mom to sit while we waited. Our meals were very good. Fresh salad, hot rolls, filet mignon cooked exactly as requested with barely any fat, seafood dish with scallops and shrimp on risotto and an acceptable substitution in the dish even with their busy night. Dessert recommended by our waiter was a great choice also. The only issues we had were that only some of the dishes were removed between meals and not all. I had to actually put our roll basket on the floor until someone finally came by for it. Needed the space as tables for two are restricted for real estate. Other tables were having theirs' removed so maybe just a miss on that very busy night. And we also had to keep asking for water glass refills. They were not automatically filled when empty. The meal was a bit pricey for the level of service but the food was well worth it. Would like to return on a non-special occasion and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. The front desk hostess was very pleasant and engaging. Overall a really nice place to go.
We had initially eaten at Tartufo 2 weeks ago with another couple and had an amazing meal with amazing service. The waiter was knowledgeable, informative and got our few special requests completely correct without even writing it down. We liked it so much we decided to come back for my husband's birthday dinner and invited our adult daughter to join us. We sat upstairs as requested. We did not have a good experience this time. The waiter was terrible. He didn't know anything about the wines but instead of admitting that and getting someone who did, he just tried to blunder his way through by saying nothing, just pretending he was thinking. If I had to guess, he was brand new. If not, then he should pick a less formal restaurant to work in. He didn't get our order right(and didn't write anything down). Also, I had notified the restaurant (both on Opentable and calling 1 day prior) that this was a birthday dinner celebration, there was no mention or acknowledgement of the birthday at any point. A very underwhelming and disappointing experience.
Food was nice, authentic Italian, not so much the usual American-Italian fare. Salad excellent, Eggplant very light and tasty, good wine list, nice chicken masala, porcini mushroom ravioli. I liked all that. I just wished the service was half as good. They seemed disinterested and very slow. I’ve had that in Italy too, so perhaps overly authentic!
Tartufo appears to be popular and was full the evening we were there. Located in an upmarket Boston suburb, it seems to me that the affuent patrons are not particulary demanding or adventurous in their tastes, and so the restaurant coasts along with a predictable, overpriced menu and service that can be a bit chilly. The quality of the ingredients and presentation are fine, but it lacks anything to distinguish it from dozens of other white tablecloth Italians.
The food was delicious, as it always is. However, they seated us 40 minutes after the time of our reservation and then lost track of us several times during the meal. Our salads came promptly (and they split the shared salads in the kitchen, which not every restaurant will do) and the empty dishes were then cleared promptly. But we waited about 20 minutes between salad and the main course. They forgot us again after providing dessert menus and then again after we asked for the check. I watched a couple who arrived after us be seated, served appetizers, dinner, and dessert, and depart before we had finished our main courses. Dinner took 2+ hours. While a dinner that expensive should be leisurely, the unevenness of it made it seem more as if they had a service problem than that they were allowing us to linger.
The evening started with us being told our reserved table was up a flight of steep stairs that we had to immediately reject because my 90 year old mother couldn’t ascend them. No mention made during reservation process of stairs and no elevator access. We were then proceeded to be lead to a table in the back by the kitchen and back door. There was a supporting pole next to this table further cramping us in. We complained and they let us move to a table being vacated by diners just finishing up.
My entree was broiled seafood. Pretty much tasteless and the calamari was like rubber. My mother had a decent plate of pasta bolognese and the sauce was tasty. My husband had a seafood platter that he enjoyed. Had a portion of half a lobster that he said was sweet and tender.
The place is quite noisy especially as the night wore on. We had an early reservation but by the time we were leaving the place was jammed with people crowded into a small entry and out the door.
Dessert of apple crisp was quite good. Overall if I never went there again I wouldn’t care. I have to really enjoy my food and the ambience to go back. I pass on this place. It’s also expensive as everything is a la carte.
The service in this restaurant was the worst I have experienced. Waiter did not come at first. He finally came but the disappeared again. I have a drink order to another waiter and he never brought the wine. We decided to leave without giving our order. The manager defended the waiter even though the restaurant was virtually empty at the time.
Our drinks took over 20 minutes to come and when we asked the server about them she said the bar is very busy however other tables that sat after us got their drinks before us. We wanted to order appetizers first but the server insisted we do both as the kitchen was very busy. We asked that the food not come until 10-20 minutes after we finish our appetizers which server said she’d do. The meals arrived right after the appetizers were cleared. One party requested a different type of pasta with her meal which did not arrive. The server again blamed it on the busy kitchen and did not offer the to get some for the guest. Despite our poor server we did have a delicious meal.
We have been to Tartufo several times over many years. We went here on New Year's eve because it's close and is a pretty good Italian ( Abruzzi ) restaurant. The menu is varied enough and they usually have a few really good specials, like the stuffed veal chop which isn't cheap but is really good and substantial. The wine list is better than most, and they feature some good wines from Abruzzi which you don't see very often. Service is usually very good, on New Year's eve is was good, not quite as good as it is at other times but the place was very busy. Still, we got everything we needed and had enough attention paid to us. Nice balance of starters, entrees and pastas, they offer the usual Italian deserts but the one we had was definitely fit for two and tasty ( gelatto with cream, yadda, yadda,). I recommend it, one of the better restaurants in the great city of Newton.
Have been to Tartufo several times and have never been disappointed which is my top criteria for judging a restaurant. It must been consistent. And Tartufo is. You are greeted with a smile and taken to your table with a welcoming feeling. The food has always been superb. I've enjoyed my meal every time I've been there.
First visit...food was outstanding, especially the very fresh, wonderfully prepared seafood entrees. Excellent craft cocktails, and warm, attentive service. Attractive setting with soft lighting. Definitely recommend!
My only suggestions: small candles and/or flowers on the tables would go a long way, and, more importantly, there is a noticeable perfume-y scent when you enter the restaurant, that lingers through the meal...not sure if it's pot-pourri, or air freshener, or something else, but if that issue can be addressed, it would eliminate an unpleasant distraction and really let the excellent cuisine shine.
I had to change the time of reservation on the day several times but it was accepted smoothly and pleasant.
Loved the perfect lighting and the coziness yet sophisticated atmosphere.
One little thing... the waitress was not listening while pouring water at the table, my boyfriend was asking a question but she was totally not listening and just walked away while he was talking... It appeared as if she doesn't speak English. Very odd for a server.
I am saying this only because it was his birthday.
A wonderful, lively place with sweet managers, great server staff, and brilliant chefs. They made possible a great mini-reunion of four high school friends now in our seventies. The straciatella soup is divine, as is the lobster risotto, and the tuna tartare.
What a sweet little restaurant in Newton Center. Would be great for a date. Menu looked great. It was hard to choose. Sadly. I was not wildly impressed with the cod special that I chose. It was cooked beautifully, but lacked any great flavor. Same with the spaghetti and sautéed spinach-that’s exactly what it was-very little flavor. I will go back, though and try the lobster ravioli!
This was my third (and last) time at Tartufo. We were again seated in the upstairs, which is very unremarkable compared to the cozy downstairs. The soup special (pumkin and potato) was okay...but a bit watery. I ordered the house special pasta dish, which had a mushroom and truffle sauce. The button mushrooms were too thick and the whole thing seemed more like a mushroom stroganoff. Very disappointing. My husband had the veal, which he said was just "okay."
Although the first time I visited, I was very happy with the food, the same could not be said about my second visit. I decided to try it one more time because of the proximity to our house, but was disappointed. I will not go again....there are too many other restaurants that have more tasty offerings.
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