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Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant, Wake Forest, NC

Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant

4.8
4.8
732 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Amalia Fumelli is the inspiration behind Amalia’s Authentic Italian Restaurant. She was born in Italy in 1932, and grew up on a farm. As she grew up, she took an interest in cooking and learned everything about the Italian kitchen from her mother and grandmother. For countless hours each day, Amalia began making hand-made pasta with her rolling pin on an old, wooden table. After many years, she had mastered her pasta creations through her skilled handiwork, precise cutting skills, and the amount of love she put into her work.

Over time, Amalia has passed all of her secrets and knowledge about food along to her children and grandchildren. One grandchild in particular, Filippo Fanfani, gained a passion for the art of cooking through her guidance. As a child, he spent all his days at his grandmother’s house preparing meals for his family. The two have a strong bond, that began with their conjoining love of creating meals that are enjoyable for everyone.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (984) 237-0002
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Filippo Fanfani
  • Neighborhood
    Wake Forest
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 732 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Service

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Ambiance

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for fine wines

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Good for special occasions

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Raleigh

    Best Service

  • Raleigh

    Best Ambiance

  • Raleigh

    Great for fine wines

  • Raleigh

    Good for special occasions

  • Raleigh

    Italian

732 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shannon was a dream of a waiter, friendly and very helpful helping us pick a wine and meals which were amazingly delicious. The ambience was wonderful. We'll definitely be going back.

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  2. KarenW

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were looking for a restaurant to replace our favorite Italian restaurant in Virginia. I believe we have found it! Food is outstanding and the knowledge and history of the menu is like no other. Everything is authentic and so is the staff! Thank you Amalia's.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Between 4 and 5 star overall experience. The service was top tier. Amazing cheeses and incredible pasta. The steak was very good and cooked perfectly, but for the price, I have had better cuts of beef. The drinks were also very good. The paper plane was one of my favorite drinks I've had in a while.

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  4. Paul

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and wine choices with great service

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was also one of the owners, he was dressed impeccably and educated us about the preparation of each dish. They went above the average basket of bread, with a sweet bread with the best Parmesan cheese I’ve ever had. This was my second time dining at Amalia’s and I will definitely return, as there is so much more I want to try.

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  6. Maneesha

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined at Amalia’s for the first time and throughly enjoyed it! Our server was not only attentive but helpful in making suggestions for cocktails and each course. The food was fresh & delicious!! My only “complaint” is that the decor could definitely use some updating. Overall we had a lovely experience & I highly recommend it for a special occasion.

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  7. KannondaleKip

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Amalia's. It is the go to place for that most special of occasions when only the very best ambiance, service, and food will do.

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  8. MICHAEL

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and nice ambiance. Definitely will go back.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was the biggest highlight. From the front door, to the table, it was so remarkable. Natalie was wonderful at sharing the intended flow, making recommendations, and truly making the night one to remember.

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  10. JeanR

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place - excellent food and outstanding and caring service!

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  11. JamieD

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience and impeccable food! Great place for a date night.

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  12. CollinJ

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I love Amalia's. The food and service are always fantastic, our favorite date night or special occasion spot!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant. Really lovely ambiance and nice wine list.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were great! I got the ribeye steak, and my husband got the rigatoni.

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  15. Keithf

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and attention was extraordinary! Food, beverages, piano music. All awesome!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, good meal. Would recommend. ……………..

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  17. RobD

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The house is lovely up front and the main dishes were excellent. We were less impressed by the appetizer and dessert. The back of the house, where the restrooms are located, could use some attention to cleanliness and presentation. It felt like 2 different experiences from front to back. Overall though, I would definitely recommend it for the creative first and second courses and the very attentive staff.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. I had the filet, and my husband had the bolognese. Our server Brian was very attentive and helped us with our choices. Very nice place.

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  19. GabrielP

    Mississippi

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall great experience and excellent service. Food was very good. However, I think is quite overpriced.

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  20. KarenW

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The knowledge of the wine and food was amazing. We loved learning the history of the food and where it came from. Such superior service and we will be back for more!

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  21. MHMH

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amalia‘s is a Wake Forest gem. It is superb fine dining, excellent service, and although a little pricey, what very good restaurant isn’t. Want to enjoy a really nice meal in a quiet setting? Amalia’s should be on your list.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience! Great service - a bit pricey! Food was very good - but not over the top. I would recommend for special occasion!

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  23. JohnR

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amalia's is high end Italian, period. The dishes are well executed and packed with flavor. The menu is designed to give you 3 fabulous courses of food. Plan to be there for 90+ minutes, each course is made to order and worth the wait.

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  24. Mark

    Raleigh

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was knowledgeable but assumed we knew nothing about itailian food. We had to ask for drinks. And he kept pushing the most expensive wines and entrees. Doubt we will go back.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing culinary experience, true Italian food!

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  26. DeniseI

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service and ambiance. Highly recommend!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our first dining at Amalia’s. We will be back for sure. Service was great and food was excellent. We didn’t think the cocktails were up to par with the wine but overall a great meal.

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  28. TaraY

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We booked this reservation about 5 weeks in advance to celebrate my birthday. The atmosphere was quaint and welcoming. The food was delicious, very rich in flavor and well portioned. Although, food and drink were slightly overpriced we were willing to overlook it due to it being a special occasion. Our waiter, however, I regret even tipping him what I did, when I had the chance to think about it the next day. It’s not that Brian was inattentive, but he wasn’t a match to the ambiance of what we were expecting. It was my birthday… he smiled when my husband told him and at the end of the meal, we ordered dessert and he sent a runner to our table with a candle in the dessert. No one in the restaurant, not one staff member, wished me a happy birthday, or acknowledged the candle in the dessert. This dinner was a special occasion for us and unfortunately, this restaurant did not realize that this was going to be a dining experience for us. For the cost of the meal, it should have been more recognizable as such. I think the staff missed this mark and we do not plan to celebrate here again.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first visit to Amalia’s and won’t be the last. The restaurant being in an old house allows for intimate dining areas. Our waiter Logan was friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. All courses and food was outstanding!

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  30. JerryM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always wonderful in all aspects. Gaetano is amazing.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome start to finish!!! The BEST authentic Italian restaurant in the Triangle! Run, don’t walk to Amalia’s if you appreciate and love a taste of Italy!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were both excellent! Will return and recommend!

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  33. AndreBoo

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was out of this world. Great atmosphere and even better service. What else can you ask for- We'll definitely be dining at Amalia's again.

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  34. JimM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing meal with great friends last night. Service was best in Raleigh area that I have had in 23 years of living here. Pricing is a bit strong. BUT you truly get what you pay for in this case. Not an everyday place for us. Special event. Worth every penny.

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  35. JeffW

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a fantastic anniversary meal. We were seated immediately for our reservation time. The server was excellent; she noticed I wasn't drinking alcohol and brought a celebratory mocktail to match my wife's champagne.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely delicious and our server was engaging, very knowledgeable, fun and kind. The space is beautiful. We cannot wait to come back. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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  37. TSBE

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly enjoyed my experience. Will definitely return.

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  38. AngelaS

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful dining experience! Everything we ordered, from cocktails to dessert, was absolutely fabulous. The Bolognese was phenomenal, and quite possibly the best pasta dish I've ever had, and the cannolis were crispy with the most delicious filling. The service was exceptional. It's a bit expensive but worth every penny.

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  39. Claudia

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I had a wonderful date night!! Our server, Logan, was amazing and truly made our evening even more spectacular. The food was amazing! There was live music playing and we were greeted right at the door as soon as we entered. This is a true hidden gem! We cannot wait to go back!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First and second course wonderful. Risotto couldn’t have been better. Osso Bucco was dry, should’ve followed recommendations of server. Wine suggestion-Montipulciano- perfect and delicious. Absolutely going back for the third time.

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FAQs

Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (984) 237-0002.

Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 732 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant

1248 S Main St, Wake Forest, NC 27587-9645

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Wake Forest
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Filippo Fanfani
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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