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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.

209 W Olympia Ave
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Mon, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Taylot/Olympia avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 621-4091

Website:
http://carmelosristorante.com/

Executive Chef:
Carmelo Mangiafico

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

Carmelo's Italian Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (55)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
Special Occasion (49)
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Good for a Date (44)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Worth the Drive (35)
Great for Outdoor Dining (34)
Romantic (32)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Cozy (25)
Casual (23)
Comfort Food (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Groups (17)
Business Meals (14)
Fun (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Happy Hour (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Live Music (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Our party of four had a delicious meal and our server was very congenial. I eat gluten free and there were many options.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great dinners. Great service. Definitely coming back for happy hour.

Tags: People Watching, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

As always the good is great! The veal is fabulous! My husband loves the Lazanne also.
I wish there was more seating with windows more light for colder nights.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Excellent service, very friendly, food was cooked just right, excellent dessert options, authentic Italian cuisine. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner ,the food was excellent as usual. Our waitress was very attentive. Definitely would go again

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 8, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Took my Italian mother there for her 85th birthday and she loved it!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Don't miss the Bada Bing not on the menu but always available
Also cream puffs were light and creamy

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Terrific restaurant. Our favorite in the Punta Gorda restaurant scene. Nice folks. Excellent Italian cuisine. Fun atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

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!
Sincerely,
David & Amy Summers

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Healthy, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent food and service! Well worth our 45 minute drive from Sarasota.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 3, 2018

There were 5 of us dining to celebrate my son's visit to Florida. Everyone enjoyed their meals and Misty was an excellent host.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Carmelo's is a treasure. The food was outstanding and the service very attentive. So glad we discovered it. Can't wait to go back. Looking forward to their new location as their current building is very tight and noisy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Having recently taken a trip to Italy with our son and daugher-in-law, the four of us were looking forward to an authentic Italian meal. We weren't disappointed. Our dishes ranged from fish to veal to pasta and all were outstanding.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service and great food. Glad we had a reservation. They turned many people away.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

This has become one of our favorite restaurants in Punta Gorda & Port Charlotte. The food is Excellent, the portions are Huge and the staff is fun and pleasant!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner, as always.
Linda our server added to a fabulous evening. Always recommend this delicious restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food, exceptional waitress. Will return. Ossabucco was some of the best. Appetizers were good. Good happy hour value

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.
Bon Appetito!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Absolutely lovely! Excellent food, every bite was a dream!
This was our second time, we went back to take friends and ordered the same pear purses!! Devine!! Thank you so much!

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Waitress was delightful, competent, helpful! Food was delicious. They did seat us at a VERY small table, even though they weren’t very crowded that night. But we made it work and still enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

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
nice treat.
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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Fantastic food, service! Little loud fir conversation. Hopefully new venue will have better acoustics. Loved it otherwise

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Wonderful, absolutely wonderful food. Reasonably priced. Great service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent food! Service is professional and friendly!
Small sitting area but i’m Sure that will change o ce they move to their new home!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Enjoyed the Bruschetta for starters - delicious. For our entree we had the Bocconcini Alla Marsala, it was outstanding! Shae , our waitress, was attentive and charming, Overall, a delightful evening. Will definitely return.

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