Vlora is a beautiful, coastal city nestled along the Adriatic Sea in Albania. The Vleja family of Boston originally hails from this beautiful Mediterranean region and takes great pride in serving up the delicious fare the city is known for, at their signature restaurant, Vlora, located on Boston’s iconic Boylston Street. Aldo Velja, owner and family patriarch, has been been fascinated by Mediterranean cuisine since his childhood, first cooking alongside his mother and then embarking on an illustrious career after culinary school. Aldo has worked throughout Europe and finally brought his love for fresh, simple cuisine across the Atlantic Ocean to Boston.
Like Aldo, Mama Roza, Vlora’s executive chef, strives to bring her own mother’s natural talent in the kitchen to the plates and tables of Bostonians. The menu offers something for everyone, with each item carefully crafted and lovingly prepared by Mama Roza. Alongside classic Mediterranean dishes such as spanakopita, moussaka, fried calamari and grilled octopus, you will also find lobster rolls, rib eye steaks, couscous, pizzas and pastas. The emphasis lies wholly on selecting only the choicest cuts of meat and the freshest ingredients. The presentation of the food is also key, with each piece from the menu coming out of the kitchen in a dramatic, artistic manner. It evokes the very core of sunny Mediterranean cuisine, with deliciously fresh items such as the watermelon and feta appetizer or succulent shrimp tacos. The meals are filling but light enough to leave a little room for another glass of wine and a sweet piece of Mama Roza’s famous baklava.
Perhaps Aldo’s real talent lies in his passion for creating unique, perfect cocktails to complement Vlora’s stunning but simple menu. With cocktails ranging in taste from pumpkin to mango, there is no doubt even the most selective person won’t find a cocktail to suit their palate. If cocktails aren’t your thing, Vlora offers a wide range of carefully selected wines and beers, with draught standards like Blue Moon next to more curious titles, such as Shipyard’s Monkey Fist IPA. There is also a colorful, fun selection of martinis – everything from pineapple upside down to a rosemary and cucumber one.
The atmosphere of Vlora is just another reason why people keep coming back. Tucked away in Boston’s chic Back Bay area, the ambience is both airy and intimate. Though it seats 175 people, Vlora’s interior and patio call to mind a cozy cafe one might find in on a Greek Isle. The subtle lighting is both charming and fascinating. Vlora is happy to host your event, from cocktails to private parties. Visit vloraboston.com for more information about planning your next event or to take a peek at some of the exception dishes Vlora’s kitchen serves up.