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About Carmelo's Italian Ristorante
Carmelos Italian Ristorante is located in downtown Punta gorda,Florida. Owned and operated by Chef Carmelo Mangiafico. Serving regional Italian cuisine. You can find Italian classics such as Lasagna, Veal marsala and Zuppa di pesce. Chef Carmelo also offers Signature entrées such as Sacchetini, loster ravioli, bocconcini marsala and shrimp and scallops Limoncello. Carmelos Ristorante was voted best Italian for 3 consecutive years by Harbor style magazine and sun herald.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Italian, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Mon, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Carmelo's Italian Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
We have always had a great experience at Carmelo's. The food is excellent and as my Grandson says "The best Italian food he has tasted outside of Italy itself." The service is always top rate and we always ask for Linda to be our waitress. She is always pleasant and very attentive. We can't wait until the new restaurant opens.
From the moment we walked in the door when the gentleman welcomed us and gave us a choice of table, front or back room, to the delightful and professional waitress, to the most scrumptious meal, beautifully presented we knew we had found our new favourite restaurant. Well done to all the owners and staff. You did us, as first time customers proud. We will certainly be back! Thanks.
We were a party of 6 to celebrate 2 birthdays and it was the first time there for all of us. The food was delicious! We sat in the back room so it was so nice for us to be able to easily talk. The waitress was so nice and friendly (don’t remember her name but she’s a teacher). We will definitely be back!
This was my first time there. I chose it as a mid-point meeting place for friends from Cape Coral. I was a little worried, but when I got there and saw the crowd at 5:30 on a Monday, I knew it had to be decent. Our wait staff was very attentive. They work together to help each other. We had the Veal Saltimbocca and the Veal Parm. Both were fabulous. I would go there again in a heart beat. One of the best Italian restaurants. They have a very nice outdoor seating area as well.
The appetizers were well presented and delicious. The veal piccata was tender and authentic Italian. Pairing orzo with this entree was a nice touch. The asparagus was was tender but not overdone. The service , reception at the door, as well as the friendly farewell was heartwarming. Bravo!
Service was excellent, some family members working and coverage was very good. Main room can get a little noisy. Appetizers especially at happy hour are a great value. Two of us had veal which was excellent. One had lobster ravioli which was a little bland and one had scallops in a limoncello which was a little sweet. Ceasar salads we're very good.
Overall worth trying again,will be interesting to see if they can keep the new site as personal as this one when it opens.
Good luck on both new ventures in the coming months.
Absolutely wonderful gem of a restaurant. The staff is friendly and attentive. The owner Mark is hands on and talks and jokes with the diners. I love this restaurant. They are moving soon to a larger facility a couple of blocks away. Got to try the Badda Bing. It’s a great creation that you will love as an appetizer.
Reservations recommended, this is a popular local restaurant. Wait staff is friendly but not obtrusive. Italian cuisine is excellent. Our table had veal Marsala, chicken piccata, chicken Parmesan, and spaghetti and meatballs. Comfort food, right? It was all delicious.
This is our favorite of all that Charlotte County Fl. has to offer. The food, service, friendly servers and staff from the moment you walk in. It was our 31st Anniversary and we had the privilege of having Carmelo’s niece wait on us. The food was as always heavenly good; down right mouth watering delicious! The price is excellent and worth every cent and very well earned. They treat everyone like royalty. January 03, is so much more special to my wife and I thanks to Carmelo’s of Punta Gorda. A true Gem! At the end of the evening when we were more than satisfied, Carmelo’s beautiful niece brought a special desert for two beautifully decorated with Happy Anniversary written with very tasty desert sauce. We will celebrate every anniversary and special occasion with Carmelo’s Restaurant and staff! I look extremely forward to our next visit! Thank you Carmelo!
David & Amy Summers
We were there celebrating an anniversary with friends. My husband both ordered the special that was pasta in flambé vodka sauce. The sauce was so strong with alcohol that we couldn't eat it. I think they forgot to flambé it. We were very disappointed. Other than that we had a fantastic time.
Loved the food and enjoyed almost everything about this place! I have a few suggestions. Add table clothes to the outside tables to hide all the rust and moving the chairs on the stones was a little difficult. Either way, loved this place and will definitely be back again soon!!!
We were not supposed to end up in Punta Gorda , but boy are we glad we did. We have travelled from west coast to the east. We’ve visited Rome , Florence , Venice, and the Amalfi coast . Carmello ‘s is the real deal ; freshest of ingredients, excellent service, every sauce seasoned to perfection. We savored every bite!
Absolutely one of the best South of Sarasota. Authentic Siciian dishes from Carmeo's home town. Yes.....he is really Italian. Yes........he is the chef. Yes.......he is the Owner. Hoping he would get moved into his new bigger location but that will not happen before May. Give yourself a treat and go online to make a reservation (absolutely required) and have some real Italian food.
We had outdoor seating. It was a pleasant night and the service and food was very good.
I think a netting or some kind of canvas sling over the table area to catch leaves falling from trees would enhance the dining experience.
Also, inform/remind clients that large parties have the tip included in their bills when presented.
Carmelo's is hands down our favorite restaurant in Punta Gorda. The food is the star featuring authentic Italian at reasonable prices. Each dish is individually created and substitutions, etc. are always accommodated. Specials are well thought out. If they have Almond Tiramisu for dessert, grab it!! The staff is terrific -our favorite is Celeste. We also enjoy eating outside in a very small but fun courtyard.
Around Easter, Carmelo's will move to a much larger venue on Reta Esplanade.
Was a night or two before Christmas and my children were coming to eat.
They enjoy Italian cuisine so I sumized Carmelo’s would be a
Reservations were easy I just tapped on my phone. Soon we had the table of our choice
The service was great the food top shelf. We all made Merry my how we did rejoice.
Brought out of town relatives to the restaurant and they loved the food. We live here 12 months out of the year and love to come to Carmelo's especially out of season when it is less crowded. The service is excellent as is the food. We hope when they move to a larger venue the tables are farther apart so it's not so noisy.
My brother, who loves Italian food, was visiting from CT. I absolutely LOVE the food and service at Carmelo’s & have been dying to bring him. As expected, they did not disappoint! My brother thought the food was amazing & when he visits again, he will be back!
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