D'Amelio's Off the Boat for Yummy & Affordable Italian Seafood, East Boston

Friday, August 12, 2011

I would love it so if they did come! Willing victim of a food attack. Wow, anyone remember the attack of the killer tomatoes?

Seen on the signboard overlooking the masspike.
D'Amelio's Off the Boat
26 Porter Street
Boston, MA 02128-2116
(617) 561-8800

Food: 4.3/5.0. Seriously good.
Service: 3.6/5.0-Good and friendly in the beginning, then cold and awkward at the end when our server realized that we came with a groupon, even though we over-tipped on the full price. She ignored us when we left and begrudgingly replied when we thanked her for the meal. It seems that when restaurants offer discount deals, they offer discounts on good service as well.

Iffy service aside, the food at DOTB was simply sublime. It's less price-y than the North end Italian joints and the portions were fresh and generous. The fresh fusili pasta made in-house was bouncy soft but al dente so texture-wise, I found it pleasantly refreshing. In addition, the seafood's cooked perfectly and the sauces were so so intensely flavorful. The reviews on Yelp are glowing and I wholeheartedly agree. Just don't use your groupons here and your overall dining experience will be perfect. 

Pan fried calamari with hot cherry peppers-Juicy and tender squid, with the best hot peppers I've had with calamari. The acidity paired so well with the squid and gave it a cheery brightness.
Fussili Marchi-Shrimp, crab meat, and a lobster tail sautéed with a special lobster based sauce, tossed with homemade fussili pasta-No complaints there :)
Seafood Alexia-Shrimp, scallops, and lobster meat in a white wine garlic cream sauce wth fussili pasta. This was my entree and it is insanely amazing! I would go back and order the same thing all over again.
Mussels Yano-Mussels sautéed with onions in either a scampi sauce served over linguine. So succulent and I've never seen so many mussels overcrowding a plate for $17. 
Limoncello Truffle Ice Cream-Breakout dessert. Let's face it. You know I'm a tad snooty with my desserts and unless it's Cafe Pompi's tiramisu, chances are tiramisu, panna cotta, bombas aren't my thing. This limoncello truffle ice-cream is in a league of it's own. Hands down, the best dessert I've tasted in all the Italian restaurants I've been to in Boston and it costs only $5. The ice-cream (felt like a cross between sorbet and gelato) was dense and had an aromatic bouquet of sweet lemons, and was just sweet and tart enough. At the center, there was an intense, semi-liquid-ey core of limoncello which oozes out slowly and coats the already unforgettable crust. Flava explosion. 


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