Trattoria Newbury

264 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

I’ll be working at MIT over the summer, living in the Back Bay area for the next couple months. I will be living with some of my best friends, I will not have a meal plan, and I will be terrifyingly close to the restaurant-filled Newbury Street. In other words, I should have a steady stream of posts this summer.

The night after I moved in, Jason, Julia, and I celebrated the unofficial start of summer with a stroll down Newbury Street. Even though the street is home to a healthy handful of high-end restaurants, moderately priced restaurants certainly populate the street as well. For dinner, we settled on Trattoria Newbury, a quaint Italian restaurant with prices in the $10-$15 range that appeased our budgets.

I ordered Farfalle Florentine, a delicious bow-tie pasta dish with spinach and mushrooms in a cream sauce. Thick and rich, the savory cream sauce paired wonderfully with the generous amounts of spinach and mushrooms. Even though the sauce had a buttery flavor, it was not greasy like many Italian cream sauces from other restaurants. The homemade pasta was cooked al dente, and the folds of the farfalle pasta picked up the perfect amount of cream sauce in each bite. The dish was not overwhelming in size, but the heaviness of the sauce made me utterly full by the last bite.

Julia ordered the Newbury Spinach Gnocchi, which was homemade spinach gnocchi with garlic, chicken, ricotta cheese, and basil in tomato sauce. She described the dish as “tasty, but one that didn’t exactly pop. It felt similar to dished I’d try at other Italian restaurants. I think it had a nice balance though, and wasn’t overwhelmingly cheesy or doughy.”

Jason tried the Fra Diavolo Beef Tortellini, which topped beef tortellini with shrimp, garlic, mussels, parsley, and jalapeño in tomato sauce. “The mussels were arranged around the tortellini,” Jason explained. “It was certainly aesthetically pleasing, and it tasted just as good as it looked. The sauce was what made the dish. It was zesty and had a flavorful zing to it.”

Overall, the traditional menu has a variety of options that can certainly satisfy the pickier eater. Together with its relaxed atmosphere, Trattoria Newbury is an ideal restaurant for a casual date or a dinner out when your parents are in town. 8/10