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Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant, Wake Forest, NC

Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant

4.8
4.8
688 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

11:30 PM


Booked 14 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 688 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 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

    Romantic

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Good for special occasions

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Raleigh

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh

    Best Service

  • Raleigh

    Best Ambiance

  • Raleigh

    Great for fine wines

  • Raleigh

    Romantic

  • Raleigh

    Good for special occasions

  • Raleigh

    Italian

688 Reviews
  1. ThomasF

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was truly one of the greatest restaurant experiences I have ever had! Everything thing we ordered was the highest quality and prepared to perfection. We also really enjoyed having the owner come over and tell us stories behind the food. This restaurant is something special!

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  2. JoeF

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding restaurant with superior service thanks to our waiter, Guitano. My wife and I had a remarkable experience and each course did not disappoint. The lamb chop were prepared perfectly with just a hint of mint glaze and my wife's prime rib was done perfectly. If you go, prepare to have a leisurely meal; my wife and I spent three hours enjoying the experience. Top notch service that you would find in any five-star restaurant.

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  3. JeffH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service made for a very special birthday celebration!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was wonderful. All staff members were attentive and accommodating. The food was amazing! Food temperature, taste and presentation all receive 10 out of 10.

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  5. Rich

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent ambiance, customer attention, and service for sure. Food was good, but limited choices and WAY overpriced.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and equally amazing service. Atmosphere is classy yet rustic. Perfect place for a romantic dinner.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amalia's is the perfect way to spend Valentine's! The food, service and ambiance is outstanding. Amalia's never fails to exceed my expectations. From presenting roses to the ladies to the guitarist softly playing songs live, Valentine's was absolutely special! A true touch of class. It is our favorite place to dine!

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  8. MikeB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, cocktials, ambiance, and service.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Natalie was the best server I’ve had at a restaurant. Food was exceptional. Nothing was subpar. Would absolutely go back.

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  10. GaryH

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here. Nothing short of amazing. Gaetano took excellent care of us. His knowledge is incredible and just a joy to talk to. The selections and recommendations were wonderful. Great dining experience - we’ll definitely be back! Thank you!

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  11. JosephP

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome vibe, and great service. Really top notch date night!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian in NC, great place. Great service. Highly recommended!

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  13. MelissaR

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, excellent wine list. Attentive service. really loved the polenta with mushrooms. the ribeye was the best my husband ever had

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  14. GabrielleA

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely amazing!!! The restaurant was beautiful on the inside and the service was absolutely fantastic!!! Will definitely be going back again!

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  15. GinaA

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was bland and the menu limited for the cost. The bartender’s soft and customer service skills need to be further developed. She had our friend get up off a bar stool to give it to someone else that had a “reservation” after she said it was okay for him to sit there. It was rude and unprofessional, specially since we were waiting for our table and would only be sitting there for a few minutes. The only great thing was the server. She was delightful and knowledgeable. This is not a restaurant I’ll visit again.

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  16. Jackie

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We really wanted to like this, but it is a no for us. We travel to Italy a lot. We have eaten at many Italian restaurants. It was not delicious. Sorry. Sad to say it. The waitress introduced the Amuse-bouche as a “palate cleanser”. It was bruschetta. I ordered the bolognese. It literally tasted like a hamburger cooked in a pan and chopped up over fresh pasta. My husband’s scallop risotto was very good. The ambience is very good and it was nice that we could hear each other talk, But will not be going back.

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  17. KarinP

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about Amalias is wonderful. The food is incredible, served to you by attentive, knowledgeable staff. The atmosphere is charming. Yes, we spent a lot of money on food and wine….but it was 1000% worth it. This was our 3rd time eating at Amalias and somehow they keep outdoing themselves.

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  18. ChelseaChris

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant night out to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday. The service from Brian was exemplary, and very much appreciated the nice touch of bringing us complementary Prosecco’s for a birthday toast. The food was extremely good, with the only minor “negative” being that we felt the scallop / risotto dish was a bit too salty. But this aside, we had a 5 star visit.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food... made you feel part of a traditional Italian family!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amalia’s has become our “go-to” restaurant! Gaetano is the absolute best making each dining experience amazing! Food is spectacular and service attentive.

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  21. woff

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our guest travels extensively throughout the nation and was very impressed with all aspects of Amalia's. We were so pleased to introduce him to this local gem.

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  22. KathrynR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we walked in the door I was so pleasantly surprised. Our dining experience was simply wonderful and dinner was delicious!

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  23. APCasey

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice - our waiter was exceptional - but expensive. Worth the price! It is an experience.

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  24. BrentB

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian restaurant in all of Raleigh

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  25. RandyS

    Baltimore

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, our dining experience was extraordinary! Great food, service, atmosphere, and experience. Amalia’s is a tremendous Italian restaurant!

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  26. VictoriaP

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and the tiramisu was to die for! Everything was good. Natalie was very nice and helpful, great service.

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  27. Hecbad

    New York City

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Amalia for the first time last night . Very nice setting and ambiance, the services was great and attentive to our needs. The food however was not that great , to begin we ordered the arugula salad which was really plain and for 18$ is not worth it , the polenta however was very excellent. Our main dishes were the ribeye which I ordered and was phenomenal and my wide ordered the risotto with scallops which had peppery taste , not of our liking. We had mixed fillings from our first visit to Amalia’s but we will give it a second try in the future, we hope it doesn’t disappoint.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! Geatano is an amazing server with a plethora of knowledge of the menu, the wine list, and everything Italy. He made it more than a dinner, he made it a wonderful experience. The food was absolutely amazing, the service and atmosphere were first class. 

    1 person found this helpful

  29. MeganL

    Coastal Georgia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After driving by this charming spot for years, we finally were able to enjoy with our whole family. The food was delicious and the server was amazing. For those diners who are gluten free, they had great accommodations and everything was safe! Awesome spot for special occasions!

    1 person found this helpful

  30. Loralee

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My new favorite restaurant and that’s NO small task for this self-proclaimed foodie! The atmosphere and staff were welcoming from the moment we stepped inside. The restaurant offers two smaller-style seating rooms that were fine dining in appearance but also cozy and comfortable. The staff was super professional yet they made us feel like family. And the food!!!! The food was amazing! This upscale restaurant was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before with fine dining. I felt catered to be yet with a familiar feel. I also can’t recommend the waiter Shannon enough. He made us feel at home and took SUCH wonderful care of us. Nothing but the best service. I love that we were attended to as if we were his only table and as if we were royalty. If your taste buds appreciate high quality ingredients, you will love this place as much as we did. We had the Caprese app and Linguine lobster and shrimp entree (more protein than pasta). Both delicious. Our bottle of Pinot Noir was perfect (recommended by Shannon). Sadly, I can’t recall the name. But, I do remember it was the third choice of Pinots on the menu. Fruity on the palate, not too sweet and very smooth (in my opinion of course). I have decided to return in the near future. I wish I lived closer, but can say with certainty…it is worth the drive.

    2 people found this helpful

  31. Runs4three

    Caribbean

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amalia’s is my family’s favorite restaurant in Wake Forest. This restaurant is a real gem… its cozy and elegant, the service is always excellent and the food is exquisite. As an appetizer we ordered the fried polenta with mushroom ragú, it was rich and yummy. For dinner we ordered the scallop risotto, ziti alla norcina and the ribeye with creme sauce. It was all delicious, carefully prepared and beautifully presented. Great way to wrap up our dining out adventures since we moved to North Carolina. We will continue to visit Amalia’s in the years to come.

    1 person found this helpful

  32. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. Our server was very knowledgeable and personable, and the food was amazing. Not sure why there’s not more talk about this place, quite a hidden gem!

    1 person found this helpful

  33. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion! While this restaurant is expensive, it is well worth the money to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or any other special occasion. The food was amazing, and the service was exceptional. Our waiter took the time to share with us how the food was made and how and where the wine and cheeses were made. He told us about his father and grandfather in Sardinia and how his family has always been involved with the growing, preparing, and serving of food. Dining at Amalia's is more than eating dinner, it is a dining experience. We will definitely return.

    2 people found this helpful

  34. DavidP

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. A bit on the pricey-side, but worth it.

    2 people found this helpful

  35. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The perfect Christmas date! The atmosphere was lovely. Everything was so elegant. The food was delicious & service was excellent. An amazing experience!

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  36. MariaT

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was unique, from the greeting when you enter to the service. The food is excellent! Beautiful atmosphere! We were attended by Gaetano, his knowledge about the food, wine, cheeses is outstanding. Had a great time!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bryan was a fantastic server. He was attentive when appropriate and gave distance between. The restaurant was amazing with elegant decor and nicely appointed for the Christmas holiday. The meal was amazing, and there wasn’t a poor dish. Steaks were fantastic and pastas were fabulous. This was a special occasion, but we can’t wait to go back.

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  38. cbberry

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were warmly welcomed as soon as we walked through the doors of the charming historic home. Service was exceptional, dinner divine and topped off with a surprise dessert wine. Thanks to all the staff that makes this dining experience extraordinary.

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  39. debker

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the absolute best dining experience at Amalia's. Everything from the service, the delicious food and the ambiance was top notch. Wake Forest is lucky to have this special gem. It's truly a step above the rest.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were top notch! Natalie was our waitress and she was very professional and prompt.

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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 4.8 stars by 688 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 14 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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