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“Nice find close to home”
Review of Trattoria Amalfi

Trattoria Amalfi
Ranked #3 of 108 Restaurants in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed July 29, 2012

We were looking for a restaurant this past Friday night that we hadn't tried and I remembered seeing this one while driving south on Rte 28 in Salem. So we decided to try it and it was a good experience. We didn't have a reservation and arrived about 7:30. We waited just about 20 minutes at the bar. While sitting there, the people to the left of us received their food and the dish I could see was two very nice looking stuffed pork chops. The gentleman said that they come here frequently and always have a nice meal.

Once seated, we ordered and finished our wine - which were very generous pours. The white was Cavit Pinot Grigio, not my favorite but drinkable. The bread came - nothing special with little containers of butter and Promise. This is a pet peeve of mine...with all the good Italian bread floating around the area, why not serve a good crusty Italian with dipping oil?

We ordered Chicken Danielle and a chicken ravioli special, plus a caesar salad to share. All were more than ample servings and good, once we added salt and pepper. I'm always amazed at kitchens that are afraid to season their food. And while the place had that nice "garlicky" smell, there wasn't a trace of it in my chicken dish. That, some capers, and more than a couple sprinkles of the Kalamata olives that were supposedly part of the dish would have made a big difference. My dish came with a side of pasta with marinara. I don't like sweet sauce, and this one didn't disappoint. But again, a little more seasoning would transform a dish from ordinary to outstanding.

The service was spot-on, the atmosphere very nice - white tablecloths, strands of white lights adding a little sparkle, and some tables are in little alcoves for a bit of romantic privacy. The bar area is big with two flat screen tvs mounted high on one wall but silenced. It might be a pleasant place to hang out and watch your favorite sporting event without a loud bar scene. Because it's located in a strip mall area, parking is ample.

We'll go again and make a few requests to have our food seasoned more to our preferences. It's an easy fix.

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Thank mchall6252
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

Amalfi is tucked away in a small plaza on Rt 28. You can easily miss it if you've never been there, but it's well worth the effort to find!

The food at Amalfi is great and the portions big sand the prices very fair. Authentic, rustic Italian flavors. We ordered the garlic bread, which to be honest, we could have done without. That was about the only thing we can say wasn't really good, The garlic cheese bread is something anyone can do at home, with little to no effort. Other than that, the food is consistantly good and diners will most likely enjoy whatever they order.

The decor is a bit peculiar, not exactly "high end" but there are many very booths that help to make you feel like you're enjoying a very private dining experience. This is a great place to have a romantic dinner!

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Thank Cindy F
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

My huband and I love Trattoria Amalfi! I have never had a bad meal there. The atmosphere is romantic, the service is good, and the food is delicious.

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Thank lkjacques
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

We had been here a couple of times and this restaurant is always a nice elegant italian restaurant with great food.

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Reviewed March 26, 2012

This has become our go-to Italian Restaurant in Salem. We've found it to be consistently very good. Food is always well prepared , served very hot, and reliably fresh. Very expansive menu, interesting specials , and excellent service. The pasta is always al dente and the marinara sauce is wonderful. The prices are moderate and the portions are large. Would recommend reservations, particularly on weekends. The atmosphere here is wonderful.

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Thank atkinsonlen
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