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“A Very Good Dinner Experience”
Review of Spoleto Restaurant

Spoleto Restaurant
Ranked #42 of 143 Restaurants in Northampton
Price range: $16 - $28
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A Very Good Dinner Experience”
Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

The four of us stopped in Friday nite at 6pm for dinner before the most fantastic performances by Bela Fleck and five other banjo players at the Calvin. We left after a most satisfying dinner, leaving our car in the lot.
The place quickly filled up, service was fairly prompt. The wine selection, a Chanting Classico, was very good (we had 2 bottles).
The salads were ok, Cesar, spicy Cesar, and two house salads. They did forget the white anchovies, but quickly retrieved some for us.
The dinners were very good: 1 Salated Cod, Shrimp and Scallops in a a very good red sauce on spagattini; 1 chicken Parmesan and 2 Seared scallops. Everyone was pleased with their choices.
Yes, the place was noisy, but it felt like vitality not overly loud.
The owner was on hand talking it up with the guests. He was pleasant and answered questions with grace. He seemed very happy to have moved the restaurant to a location that he owned. He was now "saving tons of money not paying a high rental cost associated with the previous location". He was also not worried about being listed 37 out of more than 50 restaurants in town. I surely hope that he reads these reviews, since some of the popular success and reputations of his restaurants do rely upon word-of-mouth and "published" reviews. This has always been a truism, but even more so now with these Internet Apps.
We had a really nice dinner in an upscale fun restaurant where the food was very good and the location with parking was very desirous.

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Northampton, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Spoleto - Stll excellent food, still noisy”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Spoleto Restaurant in Northampton, MA moved its location again after years of being in te same storefront and having undergone multiple changes over the years. Yet, despite still being located in a town noted noted for its excellent array of restaurants, it has maintained its top notch quality.

Don't get me wrong. Soleto's quality has waxed and waned over the years, mostly dependent on two factors: changeovers of the top chef in the kitchen and the amount of oversight by its owner,

I recently had dinner at Spoleto's new location, and the quality was back to its top notch form. So was the noise level.

Having finally made the decision to move from its more spacious, but rented space right in downtown Northampton to a " just outside the main foot traffic area" spot that is owned by Claudio Guerra, the restaurateur, it appears that the restaurant is back on track to stay on top of the lhighly competitive restaurant list.

The sauces were deep and rich, the poultry and beef cooked to perfection, the drinks mixed well, the wine selection large enough to satisfy almost any taste, the beer selection good (though still surpassed by The Sierra Grill just a few blocks away) and the desserts superb. The service, almost always, is just fast enough without hurrying, efficient, friendly and helpful. the waitstaff knows the menu and drink offerings and can advise with specials and wine and beer pairings. We have been going to Spoleto's since it originally opened on Crafts Ave (where another great Guerra-owned restaurant, Pizzaria Paradiso, now operates) and, despite occasional drops in quality (sometimes for far too long), it always pulls itself back up. Spoleto's is back again.

The one negative constant is the noise level. It was loud in the old restaurant, despite glass semi-partitions between groups of tables, and it is louder yet now in its new, smaller space. While it is difficult to hear a group conversation when the restaurant is full, an intimate, romantic couple should still fare well at a small table. It won't be a quiet dinner in a hidden spot, but if the food and drink are at the same quality I experienced the last several times we've been there, and the romance level equals that quality, it should prove a delightful few hours well spent. That is, as long as Claudio is on site to keep up that quality. His absence sometimes allows the quality to slip a bit.

  • Visited December 2012
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West Warren, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Very good food for overrated Northampton, average food compared to other Italian eateries”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

We went on a Saturday night right at 5:00 p.m. and did not have to wait to be seated or long for our meals to come out. The food was very good for the overrated Northampton restaurant scene, but would be average in comparison to most other Italian eateries. The prices were average to about a dollar or two more than most eateries of similar nature. The service was okay, but nothing special. Actually, our waitress seemed a bit annoyed that we didn't want to order dessert or any else besides the appetizer and meals. Overall, it was a good experience and one of the better meals we've had in Northampton, but in the long run it's just average food.

  • Visited January 2013
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massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

My wife and I went to Spoletos's on Saturday night. The restaurant was crowded. I really like the new location and the food was excellent. The owner Mario stopped by to chat and was very charming.We had a great night out. The only suggestion I would have for the restaurant is an area for people waiting for a table to order drinks or have someone come around and take orders.When the bar is full it is next to impossible to get a drink. This will make customers happy and make more revenue for the restaurant.

  • Visited January 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Italian food”
Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We didnt have a lot of time, but was looking for a nice place to have a bite to eat. The food and service was very good. I would most definitely stop there again.

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