Carmelo's Italian Ristorante

4.8
397 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(941) 621-4091
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carmelo Mangiafico
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tamiami Trail & West Retta Esplanade -Downtown Punta Gorda
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Parking details
Behind Restaurant Ample Public Parking
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Tampa
60 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Looking forward to your new restaurant in a couple of weeks

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f
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place caint wait till its open in new location

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JW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local place!! Never disappointed at Carmelo’s - great food and good service.

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A
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Had an appetizer with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, fig sauce! Yum! Split an entree for a small fee and enjoyed freshly made cheesecake. Ate there for the second time in a week. Will definitely return! Can’t wait to see the new location!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there everything was excellent can't wait to go back.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this restaurant based on location and online reviews. We drove up from Fort Myers to meet our son who drove down from Sarasota. This was an exceptional Italian Restaurant. Fresh, homemade pastas, bread. Every meal we had was delicious. We went here for my birthday but I can see coming back for any occasion. The ambience was great - I imagine this is what an Italian eatery in Italy must be like - one day! Everything was fantastic from the appetizer to the cannoli. I highly recommend. We will be going back.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service and food,had the bada Bing best italian dish I ever ate.

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TS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere but food is very blan. Needs more garlic and spice.

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d
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and excellent staff. Carmelo’s is terrific!!!

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JT
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Carmelo's. The food is always excellent. Friday night I had the shrimp and scallops limoncello, which is my favorite. The seafood was large and perfectly cooked---sauce and pasta yummy. The portions are big enough to take home a little for later and the prices are very reasonable. My husband said his penne was delicious. During the season it can get very crowded, so we are really looking forward to the move this fall into their new space.

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic from appetizers to salads to entrees. Bread was hot from the oven accompanied by wonderfully seasoned olive oil. Servers, Nick and Jack, were very attentive and service was outstanding. The owner, who was very personable , stopped by our table to chat and get feedback. The lobster raviolis with shrimp on top were amazing. Can’t wait to go back!!

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LE
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

CARMELO'S IS DELICIOUS AND HAS BECOME OUR FAVORITE PUNTA GORDA RESTAURANT!

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k
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a treat! Can't wait until they move to their new location!

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GP
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good Italian food. We look forward to the opening of the new location.

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SD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous! Large portions .... 4 of us ordered 4 difference dinners. I think we all thought OURS were the best :-) great staff/family owners. We will be back to their new larger place opening soon. Looking forward to it. Yummm

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DR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our whole evening here was wonderful. This is a local, family-owned restaurant, and it is so nice to get away from the chains and their standard menu items and substandard service. The menu items are creative, and everything we had was delicious. You could tell the staff is invested in the business because our server was outstanding and was excited to share about her mother's cheesecake that was on the menu and somebody's father had created another one of the dishes. She was excited to describe several dishes to us when we were trying to decide and did not rush us at all. The manager came by our table to check on us several times and shared with us their new location they're moving to soon. Everything from the service from the time we walked in the door until we walked out the door to the food and the ambiance turned an average "Thank God it's Friday" night out into a special evening.

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CT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Carmelo's is first-rate. The food is delicious and the staff is very friendly.

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PC
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous meal with exceptional service!
Looking forward to visiting you in your new location.

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LE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was truly outstanding. The pasta appetizer was excellent as were the specials offered. We are looking forward to another visit.

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KG
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

By far Carmelo ‘s is our favorite Italian restaurant, you will not find any better in the area. Everything is made fresh when ordered & so delicious, can never finish my meal , so it reheats for my favorite lunch. Looking forward to their move with a full service bar in a few weeks!🤗

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Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food plus creative specials. 'For real' soups & salads. Love the roasted veggie pesto flatbread for lunch and for dinner, the burrata with prosciutto & fig sauce and a perfectly done, massive veal chop with creamy spinach and mushroom sauce when available. YUM! Limited election of good wines. Wonderful people, lots of special attention, makes us feel like family. Too spoiled to dine out anywhere else!

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were superb. It made for a great anniversary celebration. My wife and I look forward to Carmelo's new location.

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EC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived earlier than our reservation but was seated immediately. Our server was was nice and very knowledgeable about both the wines and the menu. We did not feel rushed and our food was exceptional. We enjoyed every aspect of our visit. We will return and can not wait for the new location to pen.

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EB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always ~ exceptional !!
Excellent food And service.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food - retired we watch our $$ - we only dine out on special occasions at special places.

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KB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'd give it six stars if I could. Everything was outstanding. The chef is the owner and does the cooking. Obviously takes great pride in his work. Moving to a much larger nearby location in September. That's great because the current location is a bit small.

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LD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had friends in town and everyone enjoyed their meal. Carmelo's niece Alexia served us and she was cute, bubbly, and she took care of everything with a smile. We can't wait for the new location to open!

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JI
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Entries were very good. Our server was attentive and informed. The bruschetta was very good and the presentation spot on. They really need to work on their salad. Limp greens with a few olives. We (4) were there for a birthday. They put us in a small back room facing a wall. No ambiance at all.

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Tampa
60 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food and the best people. Our favorite place!

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M
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a good experience at Carmelo's. Solid Italian food with plentiful portions.
Our waitress this visit Celeste was excellent. Very kind and accommodating. She did a great job in catering to our youngest who was being cranky.

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KM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Carmelo's based on a recommendation. Looking forward to the new location opening soon and another visit to Carmelo's.

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TC
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Have visited this restaurant and the food is the same quality every time. Can't wait to try the new location.

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AM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great food and great service!! Our server Misty was great. We will be back when they open new location.

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JW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great. It was really pretty noisy and the tables are close together. Not a place where I could bring my elderly parents as it would be too noisy although they would love the food.

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OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Carmelo’s has the best authentic Italian cuisine that we have ever tasted. The food is indescribably delicious and the service is impeccable!

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p
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a very nice dining experience. The food is fabulous and the friendly faces make Carmelo's a great restaurant. We highly recommend it.

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LG
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great authentic Italian food. Fresh and tasty. Felt like I was back in Italy!
Wish I had room to try dessert. Quite a beautiful selection.
It was a great date night dinner with my husband. We definitely will return.

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DG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous. My only critique if I had to have one would be that they asked how is everything a little too much.

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CA
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! One of our favorites.

Service is great. Menu has something for everyone.

We have NEVER been disappointed with the food or service at Carmelo’s.

Highly recommend.

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MH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Nick, was perfectly attentive. The food was soooo excellent! The desserts were wonderful. Would have preferred a quieter location.

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