Newton >Food & Dining > Appetito
761 Beacon St, Newton, MA | Directions 0245942.330534 -71.191964
Sun 11:30am-12am; Sun 5pm-9pm; Mon 11:30am-2:30pm; Mon 5pm-9pm; Tue 11:30am-2:30pm; Tue 5pm-9pm; Wed 11:30am-2:30pm; Wed 5pm-9pm; Thu 11:30am-2:30pm; Thu 5pm-9pm; Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Fri 5pm-9:30pm; Sat 11:30am-12am; Sat 5pm-9:30pm
1/4 not good, 3/4 worth a go. – well, the calamari appetizer was over batter dipped, and still it the calamari was way overcooked, ya know, rubbery. But, the 'special' steak my husband loved. I had pasta with eggplant, goat cheese, basil, garlic, passed on the italian bacon... a little 'heavy'... but good. I felt like I was in the North End over 30 years ago... lots of activity... but most of us had the Groupon $25 for $55. It's pricey if you have an appetizer. Got a kick out of the waitress Kate. took a while, but was reminded everything was made fresh on the spot. Worth a trip.
WONDERFUL server DELICIOUS entrees! – The pricing is fair for the quality- it's well worth it! We were greeted immideately at the door by our waitress who was very kind and even offered to take our coats. She immediately brought us waters and bread with most delicious sauce- I think she said it was a tomato basil bean paste? It was phenomenal. She told us exactly what was in it and how it was made. She was extremely knowledgable about all the items on the menu as well as the specials. We asked her about everything and she always gave a thorough answer. Even when we didn't ask a question, she'd give an extensive response about what we said- she was very pleasant. Our food took a little longer than usual but it was worth the wait! The presentation was simply artful. Our entrees looked great and they tasted better than they looked. All around a great experience. I went here with an online certificate and after the certificate and gratuity, I ended up spending $30 for 2 people. I will be sure to go back and would recommend anyone to come here! But I do recommend following my rule of thumb: never order pasta when you go out. Pasta is the cheapest to make and it's always WAY overpriced. Go for the no pasta entrees. Although here, my friend did have a pasta entree and it was delicious as well.
Terrible food – The food here leaves a lot to be desired. We ordered the calamari appetizer which was super rubbery and tasted like it was fried in over-used oil. For entrees we had the eggplant parm which was okay however they charge you close to $20 and don't even give you pasta (have you heard of eggplant parm without pasta??). We also had the carbonara with lobster that was swimming in sauce and the lobster was terrible- it tasted fishy and chewy.
I would never go back, you are much better off heading over to Comella's in West Newton which is delicious, homemade, and half the price.
Avoid on Sunday nights, they were out of everything – My Aunt suggested this place and we were excited to try it. We're always on the lookout for exceptional places to add to our collection. We went this past Sunday evening and were not impressed. The waitress got my Aunt's drink right on the third attempt. She then read off a litany of items they were out of. Fair enough, you probably don't get many deliveries on a Sunday. 3 of us ordered the Seafood Risotto. We were intrigued because the menu said I think 'charred' lobster, and we really wanted to experience that. The fourth ordered Frutti di mare. When the meals showed up not one of us had any lobster in their dish. There were 3 shrimp and 2 scallops, along with 2 pieces of asparagus and a smattering of red pepper. We invited the waitress back and asked where the lobster was, she said they were out of lobster and had given us an extra shrimp. Hmm. No apologies. No offer to replace. In what universe is one shrimp equal to lobster? :*). Had we known, we would have ordered something else. It was our server's responsibility to notify us when we ordered that item. Also, there were 3 other occupied tables at the time we were there, approx. 8 pm. Not busy at all. Our server was absent more than she was there, she was also very difficult to understand. She was more attentive during dessert and coffee but unfortunately the damage was already done. When we left, the last table to do so, no one acknowledged our departure, nobody said goodnight, it was truly odd. My husband and I are foodies, we eat out 2 or more times per week, but unfortunately this place will not be on our regulars list.
Great Bruscetta – Visited Appetito a few weeks ago with a friend for dinner and will definitely be back. The food was extremely good, but the service was slow. The waiter was very nice and after warming up to us started joking around, but it did take a long time to get our drinks, meal, and extremely long to get our check. We were one of the first customers to walk in for the evening and we got our initial drinks quickly but once the tables all filled up we didn't see much of anyone. I will go back and will absolutely get the bruscetta again...it's to die for! Just make sure to go with someone you like talking with and be in for a longer than usual evening.
The worst! Dirty all the way around – This restaurant has gone way down hill. The service was horrible, the waitstaff was sloppy and disinterested. The menus were dirty, the tables were sticky and the food was bland. I was so disappointed.
WORST BRUNCH EVER – One of the worst brunches?ever.
The waitress was so bad that I almost felt sorry for her.
She was out of coffee.
Out of bread.
I ordered my meal and 35 minutes later to told me that they were out of my selection.
I would have to wait another 35 minutes if I re-ordered.
I WILL NEVER GO BACK
A truly mediocre meal would have been an improvement on what they served. – It's 6pm on a Thursday and we're in Appetito for an early dinner. The room is cramped and noisy. The table small and the server completely charm-free. If that wasn't enough, the server opens with a list of what they don't have that evening. Shrimp, veal, lamb, fruit, and several other basics. This sounds like a restaurant that is either managed incompetently or going out of business soon.
That said, I can only add that the food lived up to our diminished expectations. Cold pasta bolognese that had a sauce sweetened to the point of tasting like a dessert. Overcooked eggplant parmigiana and what I firmly believe were fake scallops in an appetizer. All this and perfunctory service was only $120.
Never again. I would personally be embarassed to serve food like this in my home. To sum up in Italian, "Infamitta! Banditi!"
Terrible Service + Rude Manager = Horrible Experience – I went to Appetito recently for brunch because I had gotten a $25 gift certificate to the restaurant years ago. On the gift certificate there is no veribage about what kind of food you had to order to use it, or the amount of food you had to buy, etc. so I went in for a Sunday brunch. I presented the gift certificate to the waitress at the end of the meal and she immediately gave me attitude and said that I could not use it on brunch and that stipulations of the gift certifiate were mentioned on the website. Since I had gotten it as a gift I had not visited the Appetito website. She called the manager over and his attitude and demeanor was even worse. Even the other guests in the restaurant were shocked at how rude he was. In the end he did not honor the gift certificate and was not in the slightest even apologetic. My experience at the restaurant ruined my day, and even two weeks later, I am still fired up. I would never, ever recommend this restaurant to anyone.
One of my favorites in Boston – Had one of the best, tastiest, and most memorable meals here. It was a couple of years ago, so I can't offer too many details...but the fact I can remember it says something. We had the lamb shank and it was "off the hook" to quote our funny waitress. The service was great, the place was cozy, and like I said, the food is excellent (the kind of meal you remember years down the line!). I hope things haven't changed (although we went some time ago, it is possible things aren't as they were for our experience).
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