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Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant, Wake Forest, NC
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Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant

4.9
4.9
482 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 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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 482 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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

    Romantic

  • 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

    Romantic

  • Raleigh

    Good for special occasions

  • Raleigh

    Italian

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  1. MP

    MarkP

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at Amalia’s since we recently moved here from Las Vegas. Excellent first impression and we are looking forward to dining here again. The risotto was perfect, as good it gets. This restaurant is a true gem.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to many restaurants, and Amalia's is among the best. The atmosphere is relaxing and perfectly charming. The food is fantastic with outstanding flavor profiles. The servers are knowledgeable, kind, and attentive. The chef and kitchen staff is truly talented. Wonderful experience and perfect for a date night out. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking a special place to dine.
  3. JM

    JennaM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As soon as we walked in the door of this charming and cozy historic home, I knew we were in for a treat. Fabulous service and incredible food! So fresh! Perfect portions. Delicious wine. So impressed. This was special.
  4. l

    luv2dine

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect evening! Food was great and our service was outstanding!
  5. S

    Shawna

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amalia’s is the real deal. We were there to celebrate my Dad’s birthday and everything that we were recommended or tried was top notch. Highly recommend.
  6. A

    Anne

    Raleigh

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience! Everything was perfect—ambiance, service, live entertainment, and especially the food, the best Italian cuisine in the Raleigh area. We’ve been wanting to try Amalia’s for a long time, but it is difficult to book last minute. Now, I understand why. Plan a few weeks in advance and secure a reservation. You will not regret it!
  7. JI

    JoshInYoungsville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    To start off, this was an amazing meal and experience unlike any I've had in the few times in my life I've been able to enjoy what I consider to be fine dining. Our server, Brian, was very accommodating and friendly from the very beginning, going over the menu in a way that was easy to follow and not at all pushy, and offered my wife a perfect wine recommendation. The order of the meal goes something like this: Bruschetta Focaccia bread Antipasti First course Second course To the un-initiated, you might think that you're supposed to each have your own antipasti/first/second courses... You don't have to go that route! Our server Brian graciously guided and informed us that it is quite common to share the antipasti and first course which is what we did. So.. the antipasti. My wife and I shared the caprese salad. It was excellent and was definitely enough for the each of us while we determined our first course. That first course was the risotto with scallops and butternut squash which again we shared and which again was the perfect amount. I quickly learned that the pacing of the meal was slower than I'm accustomed to with most American restaurants. It was probably the best scallops and risotto I've ever had. Scallops were cooked/seared/seasoned to perfection. This brings us to the second course. My wife had a dry aged bone-in NY strip topped with compound butter and grilled zucchini on the side while I had the dry aged bone-in veal chop with masala / spinach / mushrooms. Wow! Both again cooked perfectly, packed with flavor, and we're some of the best dishes I've ever had. By the end, we were very happy that we shared our first courses. Oh, dessert, we indulged. Tiramisu was a knockout. The mascarpone was way more flavorful than any we've ever had. Overall, it was a meal of many 'bests' and an experience I'd recommend to anyone who can fit into their budget because it was very pricey indeed, but we were both very happy with no regrets. Thanks!
  8. RT

    RonnieT

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I invited guest from Pittsburgh and we had a great business meeting there last night. The quality of food experienced staff, best wine selection hands down and the atmosphere was amazing. The salmon was out of this world. The menu changes with the seasons which is delightful. My colleagues ordered the veal chops and both said it was the best they had ever had too. I’ve been going to Amalia’s since they opened 4 years ago and I can honestly say that I’ve never had a bad experience. The chef’s there are perfectionist. You can tell when you taste the food! My favorite place in all my travels!!
  9. K

    Kevins

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great authentic Italian restaurant, with a nice variety of options that play to many different interests. Great wait staff, that have great attention to detail. It can be a bit pricey but it is worth the value if you are after an outstanding meal
  10. MM

    MeredithM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely white table cloth atmosphere, fabulous service. Absolutely loved our first experience at this awesome local Italian restaurant. We will definitely be back! Thanks for a great evening. Shoutout to our sweet waitress who provided us with a wonderful birthday evening.
  11. MB

    MichaelB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Logan our sever was wonderful. Natalie, our server the first time, and logan knew the menu very well. They both completed all the steps in serving such as getting appetizer, drinks and entree in an efficient manner. They both checked up on us after the each was served. They each brought us extra bread in a prompt manner. The atmosphere is wonderful. The food was scrumptious. One feels like upper class when dining at Amalia's. The evening was one of the top culinary experiences I have ever had, and I am 60 years old.
  12. JS

    JosephS

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One one the most incredible authentic Italian restaurants ANYWHERE! Warm, inviting atmosphere; informed, efficient and friendly service; and delicious cuisine that is second to none! A gem!!!
  13. JW

    JaneW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our visit did not disappoint. Drinks, food, service were all exceptional. Cheese sampler was divine. Salmon and Ziti entrees cooked perfectly. It was just lovely.
  14. S

    Shampton

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal for two, will be back next opportunity we can when we’re craving authentic Italian!
  15. LH

    LindaH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time dining here. Our server, Gaetano, made the dining experience. Outstanding service and sommelier! We’ll be back and we’re bringing friends. Great restaurant in Wake Forest!
  16. SJ

    StevenJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Having moved to the area in August, we had earmarked this restaurant for a visit and last night was our first time eating at Amelia's. I booked my reservation last minute so the only thing I could book was a high top at the bar. We had eaten at many high top tables before and they are usually festive with some lively conversation going on. We were shocked to find out there was only one high top table and we were in the bar area by ourselves. Next time, I'll know better and book way ahead of time in the main dining room. This was the only downside as the food, service, ambiance of the place was superb and we'll now be going back quite regularly. We are foodies and eat out way more than others and I can honestly say this is now our #1 restaurant in the Raleigh area now, rivaling top restaurants we've been to in NYC, Chicago, San Francisco and many countries overseas. We're hooked!
  17. F

    Foodies

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and the food never disappoint! The staff is so friendly and accommodating!
  18. AO

    ArtO

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back, often.
  19. DM

    DickM

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A sweet little local Gem. First class in everyway. Quaint and highly professional in every way. If you are looking for pizza, this is not the place. If you are looking for sophisticated food and a great wine list, this is the place. Wonderful for any special occasion. On a side note, I was so impressed that the menu was normal on the New Years Eve occasion. No single, high priced short menu offering. Thanks
  20. JR

    JasonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a slow, multi course dinner. Food is not rushed with perfect timing to enjoy drink, food, ambiance and company.
  21. u

    uncmandarin

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great, romantic ambience in a house-converted-to-restaurant location. We were sat in front of a fireplace on a very rainy day. Food was good w/ good portions, but the menu wasn’t too exciting. Great service.
  22. MS

    MandyS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonder experience. Not only was the food delicious but our waitress was AMAZING! Super knowledgeable about the dishes and such a great friendly vibe. This is our favorite restaurant in Wake Forest….and Raleigh!
  23. CW

    ChristineW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner. Everything was absolutely perfect and the food was incredible.
  24. c

    calej

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Can’t wait to go back Natalie took great care of us and provided great food and wine recommendations. Veal chop was unbelievably good!!
  25. ED

    EmilyD

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner to celebrate the holidays and having our grown children home! Natalie was our server - she was friendly and helpful pairing wines with entrees selected. She made some great recommendations and we all enjoyed our meals. The restaurant is on the expensive side but was well worth the money!
  26. JR

    JeanR

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very pleasant experience The staff was amazing and the food outstanding They accommodate our request to be near the fire place which we very much appreciated
  27. RT

    RonnieT

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experiences keep getting better and better! Exceptional quality of food!
  28. BT

    BradT

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Amalia’s and we were very impressed. Food, service, ambiance all were excellent. A special shout-out to our waiter William who made us feel especially welcomed. We look forward to returning in the near future.
  29. KM

    KeithM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was fantastic! Food was incredible. Great experience.
  30. ME

    MariaE

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family’s go to for celebrating special occasions Did not disappoint!!
  31. CF

    CaraF

    Raleigh

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal - with exceptional wine pairings. We will definitely return!
  32. MC

    MartyC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, great service! First time there, and we'll be back
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to many restaurants, and Amalia's is among the best. The atmosphere is relaxing and perfectly charming.The food is fantastic with outstanding flavor profiles. The servers are knowledgeable, kind, and attentive. The chef and kitchen staff is truly talented. Wonderful experience and perfect for a date night out. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking a special place to dine.
  34. a

    abnw24

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were incredible. Natalie was a great server whom was very knowledgeable about the food. Would highly recommend Amalia's!
  35. JG

    JGinNC

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing experience with Gaetano as our server! Was a bit more pricey than expected (advice: ask the price of wine or MP items before ordering) but a great “special occasion” place - food and service was superb!
  36. CL

    CaitlinL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful night with delicious food! Highly recommend this authentic, cozy spot!
  37. MB

    MichaelB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful culinary experience. I do suggest asking for what the market price is when you go to any restaurant.
  38. AA

    AndreaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is stunning, so cozy; all the food we tried was amazing! We had 2 antipasti, tagliere di formaggi and polpette d'anatra; then we shared 1 primo, ziti alla Norcina; and last but not least tiramisù and panna cotta. The amount of food in each plate was perfect for us! The taste of everything was delicious. My husband and I chose this place for our first wedding anniversary and we are so happy we decided to celebrate it there! I love the small menu, it reminds me of some restaurants in Italy. It's been a year since I moved to the USA from Italy and I really appreciate when I find an authentic Italian restaurant. Thanks to all the staff, specially Natalie! And also to Filippo for coming to our table! It was a pleasure! See you soon!
  39. MH

    MHMH

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fare and superb service. A community gem.
  40. L

    Lpod

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.9 stars by 482 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 12 times today
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

  • 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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