Amelia’s was the most recent restaurant to get knocked of my Kendall Square “to do” list. The Italian Bistro is an oldie (opened up in 1995!) but such a goodie. Unlike anything else in the area, Amelia’s is all about traditional Italian food. Inspired by the flavors of southern and central Italy, the small eatery boasts a large selection of homemade pastas, polentas, pizzas and paninis. The restaurant itself is quite quaint and the staff is totally charming; they also didn’t completely hate me when I showed up running late for my reservation. Thanks guys!
Upon sitting down we were pleasantly greeted with some homemade focaccia and roasted red pepper hummus. I tried my hardest not to devour all the bread inside my basket, but when all was said in done I finished it off before practically licking the rest of this hummus off the plate. Homemade hummus trumps butter, always.
For an appetizer we ordered the Polenta and Meatballs. As soon as I saw an order of this go out to a table nearby I knew I had to have it. The daily specials included a long list of polenta variations, implying that this was part of their forte, and the second I heard them say they were known for their meatballs there was no turning back. It was as good as I’d imagined. Topped in parmesan cheese, the meatballs themselves were soft to the touch and seasoned perfectly. I could have stopped there, completely satisfied by this dish alone, but naturally I didn’t, and we moved on to entrees.
Homemade Gnocchi tossed in brown butter sauce, sauteed with butternut squash, sage and parmesan cheese. Like tiny pillows of heaven, they were light, airy and sensational.
Lobster Ravioli, this dish was just ridiculous. The amount of lobster meat in this dish was beyond generous; the best lobster ravioli I’ve ever had, it completely blew me away. The sauce was creamy and rich, made from some of the freshest ingredients imaginable. Even after my stomach told me to stop, I kept eating. A complete over-indulgence on my part, and completely worth it.