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“Wild Bites - 12 Months On”
Review of Wild Bites - CLOSED

Wild Bites
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
95 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Wild Bites - 12 Months On”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

It is now over 12 months since my last review. We continue to visit Wild Bites on a regular basis and have yet to be disappointed in the quality of the food or service that has been offered. Tony, Joan and Michael are engaging and make sure that you feel welcome in the restaurant.

Most recently we started with the BUFALA Fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomato ( a favorite of ours) and then continued with a Chicken and Pasta and Clams and Pasta entrees. Each delicious and very tasty.

An excellent evening out.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank WorldT001
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English first
Plum Island, Massachusetts, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“AMAZING food & wine!”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

TONY is an incredible chef and his wife Joan provides great service and is an amazing artist - her 3D art decorates the walls while you enjoy the Tuscan feast Tony provides. I wrote a review in late March after a memorable meal with a friend from Portugal but it didn't save apparently. I was so impressed with our 4-course meal and wine, I brought my family of 8 back for Easter dinner! Amazing again! This restaurant is the best-kept secret around here - CHECK IT OUT!
Some of what we've had just lately: Caprese salad w/fresh buffalo mozzarella, scallops in Grand Mariner or honey balsamic sauce, several flavors of ravioli with their own sauces (mushroom, lobster, fig & walnut, pumpkin, and prosciutto & asiago), crab-stuffed sole, filet mignon in puff pastry, veal in lemon-butter-white wine sauce or tomato cream sauce, haddock in lemon-butter sauce... ALL AMAZING ... and all presented BEAUTIFULLY!
YUM - makes me hungry talking about it - I'll be BACK! :-)
Barbara

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Barbara H
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Salisbury, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Best Italian food on the Northshore and the Seacoast”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

This little gem in downtown Amesbury offers the freshest, finest Italian cuisine you can imagine. Chef Tony Ortu provides gastronomic adventures. If your indecisive, you tell Tony whatever, just cook, and you're off. With great flourish, Tony will send your palate to heaven. Whenever you want a adventure in good food eating, no one beats Wild Bites.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank TerryLeeH
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Massachusetts
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121 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Tony Ortu's food is Always worth the trip - Wild Bites provides a little bit of Tuscany in Amesbury”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

I have been going to Wild Bites since Tony & Joan Ortu had the old Amesbury location on Market Street. Every time we go it always a gastronomic experience. Last time we visited Chef Tony he started us with warm foie-gras bruschetta that were outstanding. I have only had them once before and that was at my birthday party which we had there. One of my girlfriends would go just to eat those she likes it so much (along with a few Lobster ravioli -her second favorite thing of Tony's). Following that were some incredible sauteed mushrooms (Portabella/crimini, Oyster, Shiitake) . Tony always gets the best produce from the markets and the flavors are spectacular. Then came some tomato bruschetta, olives, & fresh sliced prosciutto (because Tony just likes to keep feeding you and doesn't like the thought of anyone going hungry). For the pasta course fig & walnut ravioli were on the menu with a wonderful white sauce. As other reviewers have noted, once you try any of Tony's sauces, you will not want to let any of it go to waste!! Every time we go, there are always different pairings of raviolis and sauces so it is never boring and always unique. Our favorite ravioli is the Gorgonzola & walnut, but it is hard to pick just one as the wild mushroom are also phenomenal as are the beet (yes beets). He even makes a couple of dessert ones once in awhile - an apple with caramel sauce and once a dark chocolate ravioli with a chocolate sauce (talk about sinful). Next up was the veal chop. It was presented beautifully butterflied and served with a lightly dressed arugula salad on top. Then came dessert - we usually get the tiramisu because there quite simply is not a better one anywhere, but tonight we had freshly made zabaglione with fresh strawberries. All I can say is Yum Yum!! We washed everything down with 2 bottles of some very good Brunello that Tony recommended. In fact, a great way to try Wild Bites is at one of their monthly wine dinners. A better wine dinner value you will not find anywhere (and I have been to quite a few different venues - from Boston to France to Italy). The food is always superb and Tony gets these great wines from his distributor that always make for amazing pairings. It was at one of the wine dinners that we were introduced to one of our favorite everyday wines - Brancaia IL BLU. The restaurant itself is a combination of sorts - we like to sit at the bar that looks onto the open air kitchen so we can chit chat with Tony. It also has some nice window seats that look out onto the main street or some more intimate ones in the corner or off to the side. In addition there is the Tuscan room out back which is typically open on busier nights - it is quite cozy and charming and decorated beautifully with some of Joan Ortu's (Tony's wife) unique & creative art work. It is also a nice room in which to have a private party. So, if you love authentic Italian food or just plain enjoy/appreciate a wonderfully prepared meal - definitely give Wild Bites a try.

  • Visited March 2013
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3 Thank brunelloafcionado
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Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great food at old place”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

Haven't been to new place but old place food was great. Person who ran kitchen was a bit rude and haven't been back since. May try new place because he can cook

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Thank PattieF
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