Restaurants

Amherst

Amherst Chinese
62 Main Street
253-7835
Review: Pretty good Chinese food although they experiment too much with ingredients
not typically found in Chinese dishes.
http://www.allmenus.com/menus/31535/Amherst-Chinese-Food

Amherst Brewing Company
24 North Pleasant Street
253-4400
Review: Excellent beer with standard brew pub fare. Good burgers.
http://www.amherstbrewing.com/

Antonio’s Pizza
31 North Pleasant Street
253-0808
Review: An outstanding pizza joint. A large selection of specialty pizzas at very
affordable prices. Clearly a UMass student and faculty favorite.
http://www.allmenus.com/menus/31534/Antonio's-Pizza/

Arigato
11 North Pleasant Street
253-1070
Review: Excellent sushi and typical Japanese dishes. Affordably priced for a sushi bar.
Cannot comment on associated steak house.
http://sushinhibachi.com/index.html?PNO=120036030839309400

Athena’s Pizza
65 University Drive
549-9900
Review: Excellent pizza. Try their specialty pizzas with traditional Greek ingredients.
Get the chicken gyro and ask for extra sauce and feta cheese.

Atkin’s Farm Country Market (in South Amherst)
Route 116 and Bay Road
253-9528
Review: Not a restaurant but has many prepared food items. Definitely the best grocery
store in the area. The deli is exceptional. Also features in-store made sushi.
http://www.atkinsfarms.com/

Bertucci’s Brick Oven Ristorante
51 East Pleasant Street
549-1900
Review: Very good pizza at an affordable price. Good Italian dishes.
http://www.bertuccis.com/Menu_Restaurant.php

China Dynasty
351 Northampton Road
256-8800
Review: Very nice Chinese restaurant with lunch and dinner buffets. The price for the
buffets is a bit high but definitely worth it. The menu items are an excellent deal. Get
the tangerine chicken and the scallops in black bean sauce.
http://www.chinadynasty4u.com/

Judie’s
51 North Pleasant Street
253-3491
Review: Nice atmosphere with a reasonably priced menu. The popovers are a must.
http://www.judiesrestaurant.com/

La Piazza Ristorante
30 Boltwood Walk
253-5444
Review: Exceptional food. Our highest rating for Italian cuisine.
http://lapiazzaristorante.us/content/view/12/29/

Bistro 63 Monkey Bar and Grill
63 North Pleasant Street
259-1600
Review: Exceptional food. It is all good but I prefer the lamb chops. The best we have
encountered in the US.
http://www.bistro63.com/

Hadley

Carmelina’s
96 Russell Street
584-8000
Review: Exceptional food. Pricey but not when you consider the food preparation,
ingredients, atmosphere. Try the small dishes to maximize the experience. Should get
reservations and try to sit near piano player. Awesome experience all around.
http://www.carmelinas.com/contact.htm

Ludlow

Tony and Penny’s
18 Canterbury Street
583-3979
Review: Excellent traditional Portuguese food. You cannot go wrong. Dishes are huge
so there is always enough for next day.
http://www.tonyandpenny.com/index.html

Villa Rose
1428 Center Street
547-6667
Review: Excellent restaurant featuring Italian and Portuguese dishes. We are partial to
the Portuguese dishes. The proprietor is super nice. Try the mariscada. You won’t be
disappointed. Nice clean bar as well.
http://villaroserestaurant.com/

Northampton

India House
45 State Street
586-6344
Review: Exceptional Indian food. They use many non-traditional ingredients and it
works every time. The owners are very welcoming. You will find yourself craving the
food. Try the lobster with curry and pomegranate. The Chana Samosa is absurdly good.
http://www.indiahousenorthampton.com/

Zen
41 Main Street
582-6888
Review: Exceptional Sushi restaurant. The very best selection and best tasting in the
area. Try the Zen shrimp appetizer (wrapped in potato noodle and deep fried). It is
unparalleled.
http://www.zennorthampton.com/

Thai Garden
2 Bridge Street
587-3336
Review: Excellent Thai food. The best in the area. Cannot go wrong with any of the
dishes.
http://www.thaigardengroup.com/

South Hadley

Europa
489 Granby Road
315-6731
Review: Exceptional food. Definitely worth the money. Tapas style dishes with Spanish
and Portuguese influences.
http://www.europasouthhadley.com/

Other

Al Forno
577 South Main Street
401-273-9760
Providence, RI
Review. This is an exceptional Italian restaurant. Worth the drive. The pizzas are
outstanding.
http://www.alforno.com/

Blue Ginger
583 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA
781-283-5970
Review: There is outstanding and then there is Blue Ginger. It is in a category by itself.
Chef Ming Tsai is a genius with food. Every dish is an experience you will not forget.
My personal favorite is the Sake-Miso Marinated Alaskan Butterfish but the Asian-
Lacquered Poussin with Tamarind-Hoisin Sauce or the Grilled-Black Pepper Lobster
with Lemongrass Fried Rice are great as well. Exquisite ambience and outstanding wait
staff.
http://www.ming.com/blueginger/

Homeport Restaurant
512 North Road
Menemsha, MA
508-645-2679
Review: This one may be a challenge to get to but worth it. Located in Menemsha Bay
on Martha’s Vineyard. This restaurant offers the very best lobster dishes. The baked
stuffed lobster is ridiculously good. Breathtaking sunsets. BYOB (they have a corking
fee). Only open in the summer months.
http://www.homeportmv.com/

Minado
1282 Worcester Road
Natick, MA
508-647-0495
Review: An extreme Asian buffet. Cannot be compared to any other. It is outstanding.
Wear loose clothing
http://www.minado.com/

Spain of Narrangansett
1144 Ocean Road
Narrangansett, RI
401-783-9770
Review: Exceptional Spanish and Portuguese food. Near the Narragansett beaches so
plan a day or weekend trip.
http://spainri.com/

Whately Inn
Whately Center – Chestnut Plain Road
Whately, MA
665-3044
Review: Romantic atmosphere. Excellent food. Traditional New England. Recommend
reservations.
http://www.whatelyinn.com/design/whately.php?lv=1