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Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant, Wake Forest, NC

Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant

4.9
4.9
300 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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Booked 15 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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 300 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Service

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Ambiance

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Notable Wine List

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Romantic

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Raleigh

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh

    Best Food

  • Raleigh

    Best Service

  • Raleigh

    Best Ambiance

  • Raleigh

    Fit for Foodies

  • Raleigh

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Raleigh

    Notable Wine List

  • Raleigh

    Romantic

  • Raleigh

    Special Occasion

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  1. BB

    BillB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Great service and atmosphere. Bread, salads great. Entrees presented beautifully, but need a little work on flavor. Beef over potatos basically tasteless, and very small protion with no vegetable included. Went home hungary, and for the price, there should have had food to take home. Still and enjoyable evening.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Server was fantastic! Very attentive and knowledgeable and she’s only 18! Chicken breast and meatballs were very dry. Beef cheeks not to our liking but that may be personal preference. Chef/owner very attentive and truly made an effort to take great care of us which we appreciated. Everyone can have an off night. We really did enjoy everything else though, especially the wonderful 3 desserts!!!

  3. TW

    TeriW

    Western NC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Family celebration dinner felt extra special with the experience we had at Amalia’s! Great food, server recommended a fabulous bottle of wine and everyone is so kind and attentive! Can’t wait to go back!

  4. SM

    SabrinaM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Cute little restaurant. Great food and atmosphere. Perfect date night.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always an outstanding meal and wine.

  6. KJ

    KennethJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ate course by course, well handled by wait staff.

  7. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amalia’s never disappoints. My husband and I dine here for all celebratory dinners and date nights and could not say enough good things. The waitstaff is wonderful, the food is impeccable, and while they have an amazing wine list I highly recommend the cocktails.

  8. F

    Foodie4lif

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were absolutely amazing!

  9. RP

    RyonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing restaurant, food was incredible. Service was very knowledgeable and overall great experience.

  10. SH

    SamH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great family owned authentic Northern Italian restaurant.

  11. NS

    NateS

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    First time visit … celebrating a birthday. The ambiance of the converted house is excellent … love the quaintness! The wine list and appetizers were expansive and also excellent. The main courses… scallops , brasato and chitarra… scallops and brasato were outstanding … the chitarra was good…. but have had better “flavor” in other local establishments… as well as in Italy. Unfortunately… did not have a sauce entree available…as the ”gravy” makes the Italian experience. Maybe next time. Service was thorough but somewhat slow initially. Overall… excellent fine dining experience and we will add to our list of “go to” italian in the area.

  12. RB

    RobertB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ever since moving to Raleigh from Colorado, I've been searching for a genuine Italian restaurant experience, and I'm glad tom have found it in your establishment. Everything was perfect, from the reception to the setting, from the ambience to the service, from the amuse-bouches to the espressos. My guests enjoyed the evening just as much. There's no doubt in my mind that we will be back. Thank you so much. R.M. Bran dt

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoy everything

  14. SG

    SeanG

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding as usual Now is the time for all good people to go to Amalia's.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Excellent venue -really enjoyed the food and ambience .

  16. SM

    SteveM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Service was excellent. Food was good, not great. Overall, overpriced

  17. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Absolutely delicious, will be back soon for another date

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best restaurants in northern Wake County and a true gem in Wake Forest. We’ve been here a dozen times for lunch and dinner and it’s always been fantastic. Guests we bring rave about it too. Excellent food, impeccable service and wonderful ambiance. We’ll be back - again.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent as was the service.

  20. VS

    VickieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food, nice atmosphere, could be a tiny bit quieter but a wonderful experience!

  21. s

    sparrett

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food. The caprese salad and beef cheek entree were to die for.

  22. FR

    FrancoR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Do not have a single bad thing to say about here. Everything was phenomenal and I will be returning 100%

  23. f

    foodie

    Western NC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous Food! Fabulous Service! Fabulous Drinks!! Enjoy coming here when we are in town!!

  24. BO

    BrendaO

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Charming building, excellent service, elegant location. Food was well prepared and menu is interesting, simple but enough variety for everyone. We shared the meatballs as a starter. The imported ricotta on top was so silky and exquisite. The meatballs were good, and the portion sized was enough to share. They could have been a little warmer, though. The scallops with broccolini and toasted polenta was supreme. Our server Natalie was knowledgeable, personable, polite and made us feel welcome and appreciated. She is a superstar!

  25. G

    Ginger

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great evening. Dinner was great and the service was great.

  26. LF

    LukeF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food here is always excellent and the wait staff is extremely knowledgeable on the dishes and the wine selection. Owner always comes to meet the tables and asks about the meal.

  27. JL

    JorgeL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambiance and food, highly recommend.

  28. SK

    SarahK

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food, service, and atmosphere were amazing. Will definitely be back

  29. GM

    GingerM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never disappointed when dining here! Exceptional waitstaff, charming and intimate atmosphere. The food is really well prepared and good portions. It’s the only place close to our home in Wake Forest that we frequent for date nights.

  30. J

    Jackie

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Excellent service, atmosphere and food, is a great experience

  31. AM

    AmyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great service and food. We will surely dine here again!

  32. EM

    EduardoM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere. Delicious food. Excellent service.

  33. MH

    MaryH

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is hitting on all cylinders at the moment. Great food and an excellent wine list. Highly recommended.

  34. L

    Luvtwoeat

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, great place for a date or special occasion

  35. MH

    MHMH

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and superb service.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food wine and service!

  37. C

    Changle

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing place to eat!

  38. R

    Russell

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, service, and delicious food. Would recommend to anyone!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and the service was fantastic!!

  40. J

    John

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amalia’s is a 5 star experience each time we visit and this was no exception. The penne truffle pasta with sausage was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had and every other item we ordered was excellent as well. We look forward to coming back soon.

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 300 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 15 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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