Amelia’s rich, upscale Italian food and inviting, secluded setting are winning fans in Bay Ridge. Recommended: grilled New York strip steak with Madeira sauce, grilled veal chops (with garlicky broccoli rabe), veal Frangelico (with porcini in hazelnut-cream sauce), cheese-stuffed figs over prosciutto and arugula, flourless chocolate cake.

Also on the menu from chef-owner Ken Deiner: house-made mozzarella, sauteed or in Caprese salad; tagliatelle Bolognese, lobster ravioli, linguine with Manila clams, and other pastas; seafood from the raw bar (oysters, clams) or the grill (octopus, soft-shell crabs); a Caesar salad with an unexpected accent from balsamic vinegar.

Open since August 2005, Amelia has a tiny dining room, plus a pleasant backyard and raw bar. Service and staff are warm and attentive, and the outdoor seating offers a lovely escape from city life. says giftergirl. She warns, however, that they can have trouble handling larger parties.

Amelia Ristorante [Bay Ridge]
formerly Tarantella
8305 3rd Ave., near 83rd St., Brooklyn

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