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“Outstanding meals” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alina's

Alina's
Ranked #2 of 59 Restaurants in Hadley
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Coconut Creek, Florida
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488 reviews
427 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Outstanding meals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2011

Alina's has become "the place to be". Chef Martin has created a menu that all are sure to find something they really want to try! It appears also, that it's the place to be, and be seen! Chef Martin spent 10 years with Carmelina's on the Common with chef Damien Depaulo plying his trade.
Now he has mastered it.
Congratulations Chef Martin Amaya!
Dick and Joanne

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
Hadley, Massachusetts
1 review
“Absolutely amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2011

The service is fantastic and the food is even better, Great waiters, friendly, sweet, and best of all not annoying. I had the avocado salad, and the chef made me something out of the menu. When i asked if they had clams with lemon sauce, they said no, then Martin came out and introduced himself, he asked me what I liked and made my dinner even better then i imagine.
Great relaxing and delicious.

  • Visited December 2010
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank aliholguin
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Massachusetts
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fabulous in Every Way - Worth the Drive From Northampton or Amherst!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2010

Four of us ate here Friday night. I have to say it was the finest dining experience I have had, which is saying a lot since I've lived in the Northampton area for 50 years, and dine out often. Everything was impeccable - food, service, ambience. Even the linen was perfect. We enjoyed the fried calamari with a delicious spicy horseradish cream sauce; the calamari was perfectly fresh and crisp. The brasato al barolo was falling-off-the-bone tender and the taste was fabulous. Main courses were Chicken piccata (the best, moist chicken I've ever tasted), cannelloni, a seafood special with fettucine, mussels, clams, etc., and a winter risotto featuring winter squash and candied walnuts. I do believe the pasta for the cannelloni was hand-made; unbelievably thin and perfectly cooked, making a sometimes heavy dish a light delight. Do not miss that winter risotto - heavenly! And the seafood pasta special was excellent. The wine list is quite good and the wines were served expertly at the perfect temperature. Prices are very reasonable. You simply cannot get a meal like this anywhere else in the area, including restaurant-rich Northampton. The chef is very engaging, and gave us a complimentary cup of delicious chowder before the meal. The bar is also very comfortable with an expert bartender. The hostess does everything right, and the service is professional. Don't miss this experience!

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1 Thank tatwood
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“This place needs to sit down and think things through...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2010

Have been to Alina's twice; the two experiences could not have been more different.
First time was in March (their second month in business). The wife of the chef (and co-owner) was hostess; she was both personable and enthusiastic. Food was interesting and service was friendly - if slightly slow for a not very busy night. We felt it was good value and were happy to be part of a "just-off-the-ground" family venture.
Second visit was in June and although decor and staff were the same, the ambience and execution were sadly deteriorated. It was early (6:30 pm on a weekday night) and the place was basically empty. We brought guests and had come for the "chef's tasting" menu which promised off-the-menu specials and new ideas from the kitchen.
What happened here? Lackluster, colorless service and apart from one tiny "chef's tasting" thing, there was no sense that the evening was any different from others. The rest of the meal was only so-so and while the chef/owner stood at the door to the kitchen (with nothing to do) and could have used the opportunity to stop by and say hello, he did not.
Someone needs to clue in Alina's that a they need to make guests feel warmly welcomed and appreciated, first, and then well-served second.
The owners seem like lovely people and they need to let their restaurant express that.

    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank fredmyers3
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Concord
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A little gem in South Deerfield.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2010

Dining alone is not always the easiest of prospects,but recently visiting South Deerfield I discovered a friendly first class restaurant called Alina's. It was nearly 9.00 pm and the restaurant had already served it's early diners but there were a nice number of occupied tables. ( 55 covers) I chose to sit at the bar, which is spacious and comfortable. The bar staff and wait staff were very friendly and made me feel at home. The menu Is well thought through offering a selection of traditional Italian dishes reflecting the chef's own style using fresh local ingredients. The menu is augmented by nightly specials and I chose the calimari & mussels simmered in a perfect fresh tomato and herb sauce. The waitress had also described a sashimi grade tuna dish which I opted to have plain grilled almost rare accompanied by oven roast potatoes with sauteed spinach, as plain as this might seem it was cooked perfectly and very flavorful.
The restaurant offers a nice selection of wines and unusually every wine on the list is offered by the glass.
I finished my meal with an espresso avoiding the tempting list of desserts.
I had the opportunity to meet Martin the very experienced chef owner, to compliment him, and to wish him well in this young endeavor.
The menu is fairly priced and the restaurant offers family dining nights on Sundays and other promotions through the week making an evening out affordable.
Finally, even empty ,the restaurant had a pleasant ambience, with soft and interesting music and no tv screens!

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Richardsn8
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