Carmelo's Italian Ristorante

4.6
849 reviews
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Carmelo's 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 Sacchettini, Lobster Ravioli, Bocconcini Marsala and Shrimp and Scallops Limoncello. Carmelo's Ristorante was voted best Italian for 3 consecutive years by Harbor Style Magazine and Sun Herald.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful way to spend an evening dining with friends. Celeste, our waitress, guided us through the menu. First time dining in the new building. Easy parking and handicap access

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Misty did an amazing job & Carmelo our Chef went above & beyond on our meals it was unbelievable 👍🏻👏🏻 And Nick did my husband’s BadaBing tableside and what a show he preformed and my husband said it was perfect Everyone was friendly and welcoming We always return never had a bad experienced 😍

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FO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DA BADA BING CAVATAPPI IS DA BEST!! I ENJOYED EVERY ASPECT OF OUR DINING EXPERIENCE. VERY ROMANTIC PLACE TO TAKE ALOVED ONE OUT ON THE TOWN

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food!

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K
Naples
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful service and amazing eats!

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JB
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE HAD MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY THERE AND IT WAS PERFECT.

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JB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Carmelo's Italian Ristorante with our daughter and Son-in-law who owns an Italian restaurant in Pa. The service was amazing! We had Nick for our server. The food was amazing! We started with Bada Bing for 4. It was so tasty we just savored every bite. All of our entrees were cooked to perfection and were delicious. Normally we do not have dessert, but with everything being so delicious we each ordered one and then shared. What a great spot. It is now our favorite restaurant!

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BM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, wine and service.

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SM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall I really like the new location, during season (November to March) it can get pretty loud and the lights are too bright for a romantic meal. The food is great so if you are looking for something intimate I would recommend eating here and sharing a bottle of wine when you get home.

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KL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and the new building is beautiful! Great dinner with my honey!

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wished a happy birthday

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmelo's is outstanding! The outdoor seating is beautiful with great ambiance and an upscaled, but not stuffy, feeling. We had several different entrees and everyone enjoyed everything from pasta to veal to filet mignon! The service was wonderful and we were not rushed which was very nice and allowed us to sit and truly enjoy our evening together. We are booking a large party there very soon and look forward to returning. Excellent!

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PD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food, great service, wonderful restaurant. They however, need to determine how to 'deaden' the sound in the inside restaurant... at our table of four we had to 'scream' to have a normal conversation... the next day my voice was hoarse!

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Y
Naples
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Once again a great meal and enjoyable service.

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AF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food , beautiful setting, relaxing fun place to enjoy friends

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WW
Naples
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Much too much dressing (blue cheese) glopped on top of the lettuce for my salad. Basically could not eat it. Would order on the side next time.

Very noisy.

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C
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and dinner. So much better at new place.

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a party of 8 for a friend's birthday. As always at Carmelo's, the food was outstanding. Had several appetizers, a variety of different main courses and desserts. Everything was great. Our server Jack was very attentive. The only complaint, a minor one, why don't they have salt and pepper shakers on the tables? We got our salads and me and another guest at our table asked for pepper. It was at least 5 minutes before we got pepper. But that was the only complaint all evening. Overall, another great dining experience at one of the better restaurants in our area.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service, but the seating outside under roof was noisy and uncomfortable. Will prefer indoor seating or outside on the patio when the weather is warm enough.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

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D
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've ate at Carmelo's several times and it's by far my favorite restaurant in Punta Gorda. I go there for business, family and date nights with my wife. It's an excellent restaurant for all occasions.

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s
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the old Carmelos but fell in love with the new. Food is still outstanding but the new bar and outside setting is a wonderful addition!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Our server was very nice and attentive and our food was delicious.
The only negative was the night was very windy and we was sat at a table by front doors in a wind tunnel. Very cold to enjoy food

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been several times and each time has been outstanding. We had the “bada bing” this time and it was excellent! Highly recommend!

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PS
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated outdoors, having made that reservation. The atmosphere was warm and cozy. It was a chilly night but comfortable. Having the roof over our heads was a nice touch.
The waitress was friendly and accomodating, giving us options as to food prep, because one of our party was on a no/low salt diet. She patiently answered all of our concerns/questions.
All of our entrees were delicious, as well as the desserts that we ordered.

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K
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linda was AMAZING! She even surprised my sis with a Happy Birthday message! Thank you guys! See you soon!

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r
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely incredible! Everyone enjoyed it. Portions are huge.

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LC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first trip to the new Carmelo's restaurant where we dined outside in the courtyard. I had heard the inside gets very loud. Our server, Javier, was delightful; full of knowledge of the Italian menu and humor as he served us. Be sure to ask for him. We were not rushed to eat , in fact, we spent nearly 2 hours enjoying conversation, wine, and food. I noticed many patrons had doggy bags to take home from the amble portions.
One recommendation is for the hostess. When we arrived, she did not make any attempt to welcome or greet us to the restaurant. A few words or a smile would of been nice. Overall, an enjoyable evening. We plan to return.

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RC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the new venue and the scallops and shrimp limongello were superb as was the veal saltambocca .
Great service, fun atmosphere..
Our favorite place in the area..!!

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n
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portion size is too big. Would appreciate less food on the plate Less is more!

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JJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Best Italian cuisine we have had in a long time. Chicken and veal dishes that my companions had were so tender you didn’t need a knife. Desserts, especially the tiramisu, were absolutely as authentic as if you were sitting in a restaurant in Sicily!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinning experience I’ve had!

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SL
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My husband told me after we left that his soup was served cold! He likes his soup on the warm side instead of hot so for him to say it was cold is really really bad. The wine service was very slow after we made the selection. We prefer wine to come before food service starts when we order a bottle. I will not add chicken to my pasta dish again. Too much chicken replaced instead of added to the pasta pockets. For the 2nd time I was seated on banquet where sofas meet which is uncomfortable seating. I will refuse that table that is second from end by wine rack. We shifted table so I could sit on one side of split. A larger table should replace those two tables so no one is expected to sit on split. Flourless chocolate cake and cappuccino are excellent.

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ES
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic! Portions are large. Might want to consider sharing.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Carmelo's. This was our first time at the new restaurant. We were seated right next to the server's pantry and we had to ask that they quiet down. The waitresses would congregate about 2 feet from our table and talk in VERY loud voices amongst themselves. You do not expect this at such a nice restaurant. They should put up a divider. Otherwise it was a very pleasant dinner as always.

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PA
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent, as always. Ernesto was very entertaining when preparing the Bada Bing.

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit to the "new" Carmelo's and the restaurant is GORGEOUS and the food and service are outstanding!!! We will be back soon---

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend

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k
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only concern was we requested the porch and it turned very cold right before the reservation, they could not seat us inside !! It was a 5:15 reservation!!

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely new restaurant, excellent food and service. It was a little noisy.

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