My girlfriend and I traveled to Boston(my first time in the city) on vacation from Texas and was looking for great place to eat. I prefer to venture outside of the trendy tourist areas in hopes of finding a five star meal at a two star price. D'Amelios Off the Boat is one of those places that definitely did not disappoint.
The neighborhood is working class, and you park on a busy street. I had read reviews on several restaurants and decided that the 4.5 stars and the #11 rank of over 2000 eating establishment in the Boston area was well worth finding this place and giving it a try. So we made a reservation for 7:30.
We arrived at 7:15, gave our name and reservation time and were seated immediately. The place is tiny with only ten tables, but full of life with the hearty sound of people enjoying themselves and a great meal.
We were greeted warmly and made to feel as if we had been a patrons for some time. We ordered two glasses of wine and the Seafood meatballs. I had never heard of such an item, but was greatly surprised because they were absolutely delicious. My girlfriend ordered fettuccine and ask for Seafood meatballs, instead of regular meatballs. The staff was more than happy to accommodate her request. I had the Fruti Di Mare with Fra Diavolo Marinara sauce. If you don’t know what this dish is and you like shellfish, then this is a must have. It includes prawns, scallops, mussels, clams, octopus, calamari, and fish all cooked so they melt in your mouth and are not chewy, and for a very reasonable price, they included two small lobster tails.
The food was hot, the sauce was great with just enough hot pepper to zest it up but still allow the tomato and other spices to work the pallet. The portions were perfect. The only thing that would have made it better is if I could find, or get the recipe for the Seafood meatballs so I could make them at home, because of my distance from this great place.
We will surely go back the next time we are in Boston and would take anyone with us who loves great Italian seafood.
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