Carmelo's Italian Ristorante

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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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Special Easter menu available, make your resevations today for your Easter celebration. Open 12-5 pm

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat outside on a Friday night. They were very busy and there was a mixup with the table but they solved the issue to our satisfaction. I love the outside atmosphere. Sax music and many heaters. We ordered the Bass Bing which takes a little longer but I love the dish and it was a great evening to have a leisurely dinner.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and wonderful food and service. The manager stopped by our table for a nice conversation.

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GB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great evening with friends. Would recommend to anyone.

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

We were 4 people & we all had something different! We all loved our meals! The only thing we were disappointed in was the noise level, it was so loud!

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

Seated immediately when we arrived. Our wait person was very accommodating and followed thru with all our requests. Food was delicious and served hot. Loved your appetizers. You have a hit!!!!!

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PG
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

My wife and I were celebrating her birthday. We ordered two Caesar Salads one with anchovies one without. The salads were very good. I ordered the Penne alla Vodka my wife ordered the Fettucine alla Marissa. My dish was very good. Hers was flat, no flavor. We both ate the Penne and we left the Fettucine.
The service was fine. the waiter took the fettucine off the bill. Noise level was a little high. We were seated on a bench seat on the end. Foot traffic we very high. Over all, it was a so so experience. We had eaten at the old location. The experience there was better over all but a little tight.

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

Linda was our server. She was excellent at what she does and a wonderful personality. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would highly recommend it..

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JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and setting. Loved the showmanship of the Bida Bang. Was noisy

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CM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat outside for the first time, forgot my sweater at home, was a little chilly for me. Our wait staff was wonderful. Food was excellent as usual. We go to Carmelo's on special occasions d/t being on fixed incomes and always enjoy it.

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JL
Naples
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was for 6 people at 8:15 on the patio and our table was ready although we arrived a bit early. Service was prompt and extremely friendly. The food reminded us of when we travel in Italy — simple ingredients perfectly prepared and brought immediately to the table steaming hot. The staff are friendly, engaging and welcoming....BE SURE TO ASK FOR NICK! The atmosphere, both inside and on the patio is warm and comfortable. And finally the the reason most of us visit a restaurant...the food is simply OUTSTANDING! We will definitely return often and hope if you haven’t been to Carmelo’s you will go very soon. All in all, a WONDERFUL dining experience!

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

Waited 2 weeks to eat here and it was worth the wait. We sat outside which was p erfect. Our waiter John came right away to take drink order, glasses always a filled with water. He went over the specials, we ordered and everything was delicious. Portions plentiful and everything homemade! Going back for my birthday in April. The place was packed for a Thursday night but they had plenty of waiters n waitresses. So some reviews said that service was not good, didn't see it. Not one complaint!

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s
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Found this gem 2017 as new snowbirds to the area. We have visited many times always bringing friends who become fans as well
Love the food and the new place!!!

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MA
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a table of six, all had wonderful not meals. The ambiance in the garden is so beautiful. Love the music on Thursdays.

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OT
Naples
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and service were amazing. Definitely recommended.

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J
Naples
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The menu was interesting and the food was excellent. But we were seated at a table in the front corner near some access entrance for the servers and also near the front door so there was a lot of action around us. The noise level was very high which surprised us. Surely a fine-dining restaurant should be able to offer some sort of noise-buffering that would make the experience more pleasant.

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G
Naples
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delightful .
We will definitely be back and we have been telling others.

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SB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleased with service and food! Our server was Claudia and she was very good!

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ES
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister treated me to a birthday dinner at Carmelo’s and received so much more thanks to our server, the food and the atmosphere !!! Highly recommend Carmelo’s for special occasions or just a great night eating out !

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmelo's was excellent, particularly the food and the service. They were exceptional. Our first visit to the new location. We were very impressed.

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ME
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food with old world type service. Fair price. Beautiful surroundings inside and outside. The kind of place you go for a really nice/special meal out.

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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The noise level was awful! You couldn't hear the person directly across from you! It ruined our evening! The food was fine but I have had better chicken picata.

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KB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - great atmosphere- excellent service!

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CE
New England
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and friendliness of the staff! Great night out while on vacation.

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

The service was excellent. All our meals were plentiful and delicious.

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Wonderful location, good food. Only issue with the food is that they serve too much, smaller portions would be better. Perhaps they should give an option for small portion plate.
We were booked for outside seating, but unfortunately the weather was not cooperative. The outside area was closed, so we were seated in the pavilion. It was okay except for the noise level. There was a chap at the next table with a booming voice. It wasn't too bad while he was talking to his dinning companions, but the staff kept engaging him and talking to him for extended periods from across the table. His voice was so loud, everyone in the space could hear the details of his conversation. I thought the staff should have been aware that the fellow was loud and avoided long conversations with him. The hospitality could use a little improvement. On two occasions the server reached across the table and another diner to serve food, instead of correctly moving around the table. Also, we ordered a second bottle of wine. The correct way to serve it would have been to bring an extra glass for tasting, but our server just opened the bottle and immediately poured it over top of the wine from the old bottle. I write this to provide the owners with constructive feedback, not just to complain. I only hope that they consider my small plate suggestion and that they give some consideration to more or better staff training.

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Y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual. All I can say is bada bing. Yum

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RO
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Carmelo's and certainly will not be our last! The entire meal and service was outstanding! The Caesar salad was quite plentiful! The pasta sauce was surely homemade...savory and not overly spiced. The desserts were quite nice and freshly made every morning by one of the owner's relative! Our waitress was most knowledgeable of the entire menu. There were so many wonderful choices from the entrees to the desserts...it was hard to choose one! The atmosphere in their new restaurant made us feel like we were back in Italy!! What a special restaurant for the town of Punta Gorda!!

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

Great food great service and environment we will be back

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CJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You cannot say enough about how amazing the food, atmosphere, wine selection and by far best service in SWFL. Expanded location still provides the quality and service which made this a local favorite. Highly recommend a reservation because this is beautiful and wonderful people ensure it is a go-to in season and out.

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R
Naples
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our Anniversary and the Evening was Perfect. Amy our server was spectacular.

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LO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend the Bada Bing. What a treat to watch. Carmello’s father prepared the dish for us and was very entertaining.

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AP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Took about an hour between placing the order and getting the food.

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V
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was poor, waitress took long to get to us from the start. Food was not good and thrown together. Wine was old and bad. Will not be returning nor recommending.

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MA
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the outside patio for dinner and had a fabulous meal. You can't go wrong with anything you order from the menu since it is all delicious. The music was delightful and enjoyable. Our server, Giovanni was friendly, attentive and well versed in the the menu and specials. Always a great place to eat.

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, another fantastic evening with my wife at Carmelo's...always worth the drive. The new location is ideal with plenty of parking and the ambiance is perfect. Thanks Carmelo's for always taking such good care of us.
Best wishes for the 2019 season!!!
Cordially,
Eric and Meredith Manzi

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K
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Carmelo’s this was a special occasion my sisters birthday. The service what can I say was AWESOME. The meal was so delicious so much food you won’t go home hungry. We also had a cake made by Cake Concepts and they allowed it to be delivered and they served it that was also delicious. Thank you Carmelo’s for a great birthday.

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OT
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service great venue.

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LS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! A lovely meal with attentive waitress and unhurried service!

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d
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! This time we sat outside, it was beautiful we felt like we were in Italy, great service as always, it’s our favorite restaurant!

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CZ
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

This was our 3rd time there. We love the food and the restaurant is beautiful.
The only problem we had was with the service this time. We sat at the outside bar first to just have a glass of wine and get an appetizer before being seated at our table. We ordered wine & water. Waited 15-20 mins for our wine. Never got our water or a menu. The table was dirty when we sat down and the server just put placemats on the dirty table. When we were seated at our table we ordered wine again. The tables beside us were seated after us and they received their wine and were able to give their orders while we sat there with just water. When I called the waiter over to ask him where our wine was he gave me a "miffed" look and said he would be right with us, then proceeded to go the other way. I called him back again and asked him where our wine was. He then left and came back with 3 of the 4 glasses. We asked him where the 4th one was and he gave us a puzzled look and asked what it was. (I mean, really?) My food order was wrong, but by this time I wasn't really surprised about that. Once we got everything and it was correct, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. But the manager really needs to talk to the staff about being as professional as the atmosphere and food. It's a classy place with amazing food. It should have 5 star service too.

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