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About Amelia's Italian Cuisine
Gainesville's Finest Italian Cuisine for over 20 years! Located downtown in the Sun Center (Behind the Hippodrome). New (September 2007) Chef/Owner Andy Fass brings Amelia's back to its roots with top quality food, service, and ambiance. Nightly food and drink specials to complement the extensive Northern Italian cuisine menu selections. View our menu online at www.ameliasgainesville.com
Gainesville, FL 32601
Italian, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:45pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Hours May Vary -- Please make a reservation to ensure availability!
2nd Place and E. 1st Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Wednesday Nights: Live Jazz with Gary Swanson Duo! 6-9pm
Free parking available in the Sun Center East Parking lot (East lot is near Alter-Ego Fitness accessable off 2nd place); Free validation at 2nd Avenue parking garage! Bring your parking ticket please!
Private Party Facilities:
Depending on availability, our Tuscan Rose Room can accommodate your party of up to 45 people.
Private Party Contact:
Andy Fass: (352) 373-1919
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We do not accept reservations through OpenTable for New Years Eve, Valentine's Day, or UF Graduations. Please call us directly at 352-373-1919 for these special events.
Amelia's Italian Cuisine Ratings and Reviews
My guest had a wonderful time dinning at Amelia's. The ambiance was great. The head chef played a happy birthday song for guests with his saxophone. He did an amazing job! He also came by our table to chat with us at the end to learn more about us and how experience dining.
The calamari was not as good as our waitress said. She kind of set the bar really high and it was very disappointing to say the least. Yes it's crispy, but it was very bland - no seasoning on it. The mozzarella and prosciutto was so delicious! So much flavor. The roasted mushrooms were also amazing. The chicken parm was also good, not the best I've had. But it was tasty. My guest loved her grouper.
Overall, great dinning experience. Our waitress, Alex B., was extremely attentive to all our needs and very friendly. Would certainly recommend.
Parking directions and instructions was the only thing I would improve upon. Because it is very confusing if you are not from the area.
This is a small neighborhood spot close to UF. The good was homemade, delicious and served in large portions. The dirty martini was perfect. Our waiter Joe was friendly and knowledgeable. Make a reservation, we watched at least five parties get turned away at the door! Great place
Came here for the first time on Saturday for my daughter's birthday since it got great reviews and is close to the University. Excellent service. All food, beginning to end: Bread very good and fresh plus offered butter and or oil, Portabella app delicious. Dinners: Salmon special, Surf & turf Special and Lobster Ravioli Special All cooked perfectly, delicious and nothing left on the plate...Complimentary Flan for Daughters Birthday very good, as well. Thank you for a lovely evening. We will be back.
For the 3rd year in a row we celebrated our anniversary at Amelia's. This place is consistently excellent - way ahead of the other places we visit in Gainesville. Chef Andy's food is amazing - freshly prepared, top quality, at fair prices. Our server was also excellent - prompt but not intrusive. We really need to start eating here more often, rather than once a year!
Amelia's has always exceeded my expectations. The chef/ owner is awesome- very outgoing and friendly. His food is the reason why, this is my favorite restaurant in town. The staff are all polite, very friendly, and well trained. They have always given honest advice on ordering. Atmosphere is nice. Quaint, but not stuffy. People are enjoying their meals and socializing. Dress is generally business casual, however, I have seem everything from blue jeans to suits and ties.
The chef greeted us at the door and noted the seating preference I had expressed in making the reservation. Menu options had lots of flexibility and choices. Food was very good and wait staff was EXCELLENT and friendly without making you feel the need to entertain them.
A casual "family and friends" dining atmosphere has been created here by chef-owner Andy Fass. He not only supervises the kitchen, but also hosts the dining room, greets and remembers guests, plays saxophone for birthdays and very special occasions, and could perhaps even give a bit of legal advice since he is in fact a graduate of the Levin College of Law. But his forte is relaxed and unassuming fine dining that he and his staff offer in a manner that can make anyone feel right at home. Pasta and sauces, of course, are very good. The seafood dishes, however, can be sublime. Salmon, grouper, and shrimp entrees recently received highest marks from those gathered around our table. Wine list pretty good. Caesar salad fine. As with any dining establishment, there are excellent and not so good days, but the good ones here are reliably frequent and the best ones are really superb and keep bringing us back again.
The veal was tender and juicy; and though covered in plenty of tomato and cheese the crust remained crispy and crunchy throughout the meal. I was planning on taking home leftovers, but ate all of it at the restaurant. Both bar and food service were quick and friendly and the house Old Fashioned was delicious.
The food and the service absolutely amazing. Can't wait to go back for dinner. Our table ordered the chicken Parmesan and eggplant Parmesan and both were cooked to perfection. The bread served with her meals was seasoned and very very good. Can't wait to go back
In town on business and wanted a good Italian meal. This was within walking distance to our rental home. I made reservations for my co worker and I. We arrived early only to find 4 occupied tables. It was like a ghost town inside. Based upon "reservations recommended" I thought it would be busier.
Greeted and sat. The male server didn't ask us what we wanted to drink for nearly 10 minutes. Ordered pasta fagioli which was ok at best. Entree was manicotti. Again ok at best. Asked for more bread which was forgotten.
I eat at plenty of restaurants since I travel. In my opinion Olive Garden would have been a better choice based upon price to value. I won't eat here again even if I lived in the area.
The atmosphere is always nice. In additional to traditional Italian dishes, they always have fresh grouper or snapper which I like. The Martini's are outstanding and their wine list is reasonably priced for good wine. If you want more expensive wine it is available. One Tuesday night all bottles of wine are 50% off. The owner/chef always comes out and greets us. We are in town for business but the remembers where we are from even though we do not get in town except every two to three months. In addition, the owner has another talent. He play a sax for special occasions, like birthdays. Wish they would open a place in Pensacola but then again, you cannot split up the owner/chef and that would mean it would not be the same.
Terrible!!!! Save your money! We should have already known when we were seated up against a (dirty) wall, that things were just going to be awful. The place was not busy and yet they sat us up against a wall. The only wine by the glass is house. The house merlot was like vinegar and we ended up with the house chianti, which was like a watered down version of a cheap chianti. We ordered the special crostini with artichokes to start. We were served what appeared to be a bowl of soup with artichokes. Not what we were expecting (thought the crostini would have been individual with cheese and artichoke on top and finished under broiler). It was tasty,but difficult to eat because of the runny consistency. Escarole soup was bland and had only tiny chopped escarole pieces. Disappointing. The Caesar salads were very lemony and room temp. Mediocre. Now for the horror! The shrimp and linguine was inedible! The shrimp were so over cooked, tough and flavorless. My guess is that they were left over shrimp cocktail that were recooked for the dish. Had the server bothered to return to the table and ask how our meals were, I would have asked her to tell the chef to eat it as punishment for serving seafood even a starving cat wouldn't eat! The chicken Parmesan was scary looking. Giant clumps of unidentifiable deep fried globs with a heap of chunky tomatoes. It was painful to look at. Like a child had made it. Normally, the chicken breasts are pounded (or at least uniform in size), lightly breaded, lightly pan fried or baked and served with marinara and cheese. This looked like mangled meat chunks with fingers, or branches, DEEP FRIED IN A FRYER, in old, nasty oil. The presentation was also horrid. Thrown on a plate and served with a small bowl of penne (with same chunky tomato sauce) that would be something to expect from a cafeteria. The Parmesan cheese was the equivalent of Kraft. Please, save yourselves, save your money. This is a terrible restaurant. Shame on them!
The service and cleanliness were impeccable. It's the second time we have eaten there and the food is "just ok" for the price. The only other suggestion I would make is to dim the lights throughout the restaurant. It was very bright for what I think should be a nice, romantic type of dining experience. All the light really took away from the ambiance. Again, the service was great! The food was not bad, but the dishes we ordered were nothing to write home about for spending as much we did to eat there.
A special thank you to Andy Fass Owner and Chef Extraordinaire for preparing an outstanding meal consisting of Prociutto Wrapped Lionfish and Zucchini Fites, an amazing Lobster Fra Diablo with linguine and Pasta Carbonara. Brilliantly done! If you haven't had dinner at Amelia's you are truly missing out!!!
Excellent food in a quiet, friendly atmosphere. We've eaten here a few times in the last month and the food and service have been exceptional. We went there last night for my wife's birthday and were treated to a complimentary dessert accompanied by a saxophone solo by Chef Andy. Amelia's is our new favorite restaurant!
The food was very good but the service was excellent. We were running late and had tickets for a show that started at 8. We arrived at 7 and had explained our situation and the waiter was excellent. He did everything possible to make sure we were in and out on time, actually with 10 minutes to spare.
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