Looking for something? Look here!
Want more unvarnished truth?
What you're saying...
What I'm saying now
I think tag clouds are pretty, and not to be taken overly seriously
##MoveWithGary #Home Inspection #MoveWithGary 111 Chop House 75 on Liberty Wharf 9/11 A Broth of a Boy ABCs Abiouness accountability activities alcohol Allora Ristorante Analysis Angry Hams ANSI/TIA 942 Anthony's Pier 4 Apple Application Armsby Abbey Arsenal Arturo's Ristorante Ashland AT&T Audio Automation baby Baby Monitor babysitting Back To School Bad News Bangkok Thai banks lending movewithgary Bar Bay State Common baystateparent BBQ BCP Bees BeeZers Before I die I want to... behavior Big Bang Bike Bill of Rights Bistro Black Box BlackBerry Boston Boston Marathon boundaries Boyston BPO brand Breakfast Bridge Bring Your Own Technology Budget Burlington Burn Burrito buyer BYOD Cabling Cambridge Camp Campaign career Casey's Diner Castle casual cCabling Cell Phone Central Square Change Management Cheers Chef Sun ChengDu Chet's Diner Children Chinese Christmas Christmas Families Holiday CIO Cloud coddle collage College College Acceptance co-lo Co-Location Co-Location Tier Power Cooling Comfort Food Control Country Country Kettle Crisis customer dad Dad Phrases damage daredevil Data Center Data Center Design Davios Day Care Dead Death declaration Del Frisco's Design Desktop Video dinner Disaster Recovery Divorce Do Epic Shit dodgeball downsizing Downtown Crossing DR driving Droid Easter Economic Kids Edaville Education Elbow Night Elevator Employee Engagement Erin Estate Planning Etiquette Evaluation events Exchange Expiration Dates Facebook Failing family Family Law Fatherhood Favorite things first time buyer Flash Flemings Fogo de Chão Food Hits and Misses Format Foundry on Elm Foxborough Frameworks fraternity Fraud French Fried Clams friends fun Fusion Generations germs Girl Scouts girls Global Go/No Go GPS Grafton Grandchild Grandpa Harry's hazing Healthcare Healthy Choices while Dining Out Help Desk Hisa Japanese Cuisine Historic holiday Home Home Inspection hope Horizons hose Hot Dog Hurricane IIT Assessment incident Indecision Indian Infrastructure Inn Innovation Insurance Internet Inventory Management iPhone IT IT Assessment IT Satisfaction Italian Jack Daniels Jakes Restaurant Janet Japanese Jazz Joey's Bar and Grill JP's Khatta Mitha kickball kids Laid off Lakes Region Lala Java Leadership Learning legacy Legal Legal Harborside Les Zygomates L'Espalier Liberty Wharf life transition lights out Linguine's loss Love Lucky's Cafe luxury luxury home M&M Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade mai tai Managed Application Services Managed Services managers Mandarin Manners Mark Fidrych marlborough marriage Mary Chung mass save Maxwell-Silverman Mediterranean meetings Memorial Day memory Mendon Mergers Mexican MiFi Migration Ming III miss MIT MIT CIO Symposium mmortgage Mobility Moes Hot Dog Truck MOM money mortgage Mother MoveWithGary Moving on Name nature neanderthal neighborhood Network new listing New York Marathon newborn Northborough Not Your Average Joe's Nuovo Nursing On-Call Operations Operators Oregon Club Organization Pancakes Pandemic Parental Control Parenting Patch Peeves People Perserverance UMASS growth Photography Play Plug and Run Predictable Pride Problem Process Production program Project Management propane PTA. PTO PUE QR Quick Response Rant re/max Real Estate Realtor Recognition Red Rock Resiliency Respect restaurant Restaurant Guy RFP ribs Ritual Root Cause Analysis rReal Estate Sam Adams Sandy Sapporo savings School Sea Dog Brewing Company Sea Dog Steak and Ale Seafood Seaport Security Sel de la Terra Service Service Desk Service Indicator Light sharing ShearTransformation SHIRO Shit Pump Shriners SHTF Simplification Skunk Works Skype Sleep sleepovers Sloan Smith & Wollensky soccer Son SOP sorority spanking Squarespace staffing staging Starbucks Status Reporting Steak Steve Jobs Storage Strategy stress Summer Sushi swimming Tacos Acalpulco teacher Technology Teen Telephony Temperature Strip Tenka terrorist Testing Texas BBQ Company Text Thai Thanksgiving in IT The Mooring Thomas Thought Leader Three Gorges III TIA 942 Timesheets Toby Keith Toddlers traditions Transition treehouse turnover TV Twitter unspoken moments Valentine's Day Value Vendor Venezuelan Verizon Vermont Video Vietnamese voice VoIP Watertown Wedding Westborough Korean Restaurant Westborough MA. StormCam WiFI Wi-Fi Wilbraham Wine Worcester work work life balance working Yama Zakura Zem Han Zitis

Entries in Allora Ristorante (1)


Allora Ristorante

Allora Ristorante

139 Lakeside Avenue (Rt 20)
Marlborough, MA
(508) 485-4300

The email was innocuous:

Just finished reading Gary Kelley’s review of Tomasso. Sad that we were not mentioned as an alternative, being right down the road from them. Maybe he’d like to review us?   Jameson Mello, Allora

The answer was simple.  Via I-495, Allora is 9 mins or 7.37 miles from Tomasso.  While there are back roads to get there, anytime I hop on I-495 I might as well head to Boston. 

Irrational?  Perhaps.  But it sounds more reasoned than, “Hmm, I haven’t been to Allora in a while.”

I have been to Allora a few times before, including back in 2007 when they opened.  What I’ve always liked about Allora is the outside deck Where are you? Marlborough MAoverlooking Williams Lake in Marlborough.  Loving the water, it’s hard to find a better local restaurant overlooking a lake (I miss Foggy’s overlooking Lake Chauncy, but I digress.)

So I added Allora to my “must review” list and headed over after work one evening.  A former coworker and good friend Cindy agreed to attend with only minimal arm twisting.

We got to the restaurant as the sun was beginning to set, and the temperature was a falling 65 degrees.  Hmm, not a good night to sit on the deck. 

Entering the restaurant, we were immediately hit with the scent of fresh paint and carpet.  In fact, some benches located just inside the door were sporting “wet paint” signs.

We were quickly seated and greeted by our server Deanna, a delightful young woman well equipped to walk us through the menu.  She’s one of these people we were comfortable having a nice conversation with about the restaurant.

They are doing a modest renovation, and the paint and carpet are the first signs.  Everything was clean and bright….even in the windowless main dining room.

We learned the email writer, Jameson Mello, is the Executive Chef, and a bit of a “food nerd,” in a very positive way.  He has passion for his food, and Deanna let it drop Jameson is going to be more cheese aging onsite.

The Allora menu is extensive in Italian and Mediterranean, although Deanna was very persuasive in “sharing” the specials. 

We started with an appetizer of the Duck Bruschetta.  Duck is prepared as a “prosciutto.”  This is placed on homemade mozzarella with peppers on a crostini.   The duck didn’t taste ducky, and wasn’t salty…in other words the appetizer was very good.

Our entrees were each unique and very enjoyable.

The generous portion of (pork) Osso Buco was presented over saffron risotto milanese with parsley, lemon and roasted tomato gremolata.  While the meat was prepared to perfection, the risotto could have been an entrée onto itself.

Cindy’s “Fruitti Di Mare” was made with shrimp, scallops, calamari, clams, mussels, spicy cherry peppers in marinara with linguini.  Cindy was particularly pleased with the texture of the scallops.

There were plenty of each entrée for take home, and lunch the next day.

Two decaf cappuccinos were a perfect nightcap, and were presented in a manner Starbucks (Fourbucks?) could emulate.

We split a crème brule for desert.  While everything else had been excellent, the desert was simply “OK.”


Monday-Friday: 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm

Prices were a bit high for Marlborough, with Osso Buco coming in at $33, and Fruttie Di Mare priced at $35.  The total bill for two was $133.88 including some adult beverages.

Overall, we wouldn’t compare Allora to Tomasso.  We would compare Allora to the North End of Boston, without the drive.  Since you still get on a freeway, you can even get the Boston drive feel, only going two exits to route 20 and then heading east.  Allora is on the left.

The food was great, the new paint/carpet was fresh, and Deanna is delightful.  A perfect evening.

Allora gets a GREEN LIGHT…go and enjoy.

By the way, Cindy insisted on pictures of our food, included with the review.  I have not been including food pictures, as I find the pictures don’t fairly represent the food (I’m not a food stylist.)  Please let me know if you would like to see more food pictures.

About the RAG scale:

       Green Light – Go and enjoy

       Amber Light – Use caution

       Red Light – Save your time and money