50 Best Restaurants: Perfecting the Little Things at Alta Strada
Testing a restaurant for our annual 50 Best Restaurants cover story typically involves ordering a lot of food â€” more than whatâ€™s expected for a table of two, or sometimes even a table of four. At times, you can almost feel the server judging you â€” wow, they can really pack it in â€” or, worse, you worry he might be onto you (anonymity is the most important thing when researching something like the 50 Best Restaurants).
This, coupled with the fact that my fiancĂ© and I don’t typically get wine or cocktails at dinner, has make for some uniquely awkward interchanges. Not so on my most recent visit to Alta Strada. Our waiter didnâ€™t so much as blink an eyelash when we ordered antipasti, appetizers, pizza, pasta, and an entrĂ©e. Instead, he simply asked how we wanted everything paced, following his question with a few smart recommendations. The rest of the night we continued to receive thoughtful, personalized service â€” e.g., â€śAre you enjoying the crostini with your homemade ricotta, or would you prefer some more bread instead?â€ť Small beans? Maybe. But â€” for me, at least â€” itâ€™s the little things that make the biggest difference. (92 Central St., Wellesley, 781-237-6100, altastradarestaurant.com.)
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