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Do you know…Amelio’s?

Posted by Emily / July 14, 2007

Amelio’s on Milton is like your family’s favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant, where you always feel welcome and everybody knows your name. Wait…maybe I’m thinking of ‘Cheers’. Well, our waitress certainly was no Ted Danson, but my dining companion and I still felt right at home in Amelio’s.

That warm fuzzy feeling started as soon as we walked down the short flight of stairs into the dimly lit dining room. A friendly waitress led us across the smallish restaurant to a table next to the window. We watched people come and go as they picked up their takeout pizzas and chatted with the flour-covered guys in the open kitchen.

Choosing our dinner boiled down to a simple decision: pizza or pasta. We were both in the mood for a hearty meal, so we settled on lasagna. I got vegi, my friend got meat. As we waited for our food to arrive, we nibbled on warm, soft bread-sticks and our complimentary house salads.

A few minutes later, our meal arrived, looking like the epitome of comfort food. When I punctured the top layer of cheese with my fork, a thick puff of steam escaped, revealing layers of soft green pasta, deep red tomato sauce and ricotta cheese.

The food required some cooling time, but there was still plenty of bread to munch on and dip in the sauce. When it was cool enough to eat, my food reminded me how much I love lasagna. It was extremely cheesy, and my friend found the texture too soft and mushy, but I loved it. The layers of ricotta cheese tasted fresh and rich. The mozzarella was meltingly soft. The sauce was flavored with a subtle, basic blend of Italian herbs. Unlike many lasagnas I’ve tried, the dish was niether too salty nor too oily. We both wiped our plates clean with the bread.

Our lasagnas weren’t groundbreaking or original. That wasn’t the idea. Amelio’s is all about delicious, comforting food made with ingredients that would taste good on their own. The prices, which don’t go much higher or lower than $10, match Amelio’s unpretentious tone.

In keeping with its family-style atmosphere, Amelio’s supposedly closes at 9pm. But my friend and I finished our meal a few minutes after 9 and hung out to chat and people-watch without a hastle. At 9:30, we mozied on out the door, feeling utterly relaxed and satisfied.
Amelio’s; 201 rue Milton; (514)845-8396


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