Carmelo's Italian Ristorante

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Italian
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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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

the seating was tight, the tables were too close together, the appetizer we had came to the table was luke warm at best, the entrees were very good, desert was a disappointment the cheesecakes were over cooked and the cake was dry and what was called gelato was not good. the server we had was excellent in short while the entrées were very good the other factors mentioned above were not doubt we would recommend to friends nor will we return, there are better options in punta gorda

KP
Naples
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time @ new location, lovely, will try outside next time. Very noisy inside and was only with another person, not a large group.. it was also early on a Thursday evening. That was the only drawback to me was the high noise level... very little acoustics to absorb sound. I will come back

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

did not do any thing for our 51 anversary that is why i went to them for my wife she like it there

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

Great meal and service as always. Toya was a great server!

PD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place. Sat at the bar. Only complaint is meatballs were cold.
Will definitely go back.

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

Love the food and love the service, waiting for the food to come to the table was a tiny bit slow but the overall experience is absolutely wonderful!

NM
Naples
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for happy hour and an early dinner. The bar was hopping and the bar service was absolutely terrific. Good prices excellent service and good food. My first trip there. Looks like an excellent location near the water and great outside seating when the weather cooperates. A little too far to be a regular spot for me but I highly recommend this site.

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

Food was fantastic as usual. Thoroughly enjoyed the Bada Bing! Can’t wait to return for the next visit.

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

Celeste was the best! She provided excellent service. We had a wonderful experience. The food was delicious. This was our first visit to Carmelo's, We will be back!!

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

Amazing food. Excellent service. Just great! We will be back for sure.

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

This is a wonderful Italian restaurant. The standard menu is great and you should always pay attention to the specials. No matter how full you are, look and the dessert tray and try something, even if you end up taking most of it home. I think that Carmelo's would be competitive if it were in Boston's North Side.

MW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great the service was very good. When I go to Punta Gorda I will always try to go to Carmelo’s!!

DS
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

As always excellent food, great service, and as always noise was deafening inside. Suggest they continue efforts to soften surfaces and to decrease the noise.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our Dinner night and we will come back, however service needs some improvements and a good choice for Vegetarians

AC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 70th Birthday made so special by a fantastic dinner in a beautiful outside Italian courtyard. Just being there makes you feel at peace. Carmelo's is pleasing to all your senses. The weather was perfect for an evening dinner outside. The food was just outstanding. The surprise "Happy Birthday" written in chocolate on a large white plate with a cannoli and a birthday candle was given to me as a gift from the restaurant. What a beautiful touch to end a wonderful night. Carmelo's is a special dinning experience.

DH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very pleasant and will be back soon with friends

AT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always..outstanding Cavatelli Bada Bing & steak

SB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately the menu on Open Table doesn’t match the restaurants. So my husband had selected Clams Vongole or a seafood stew ahead of time and when we arrived at the restaurant they weren’t on the menu. Additionally we checked off anniversary when we made the reservation but there was no mention of it by our server. The restaurant was crazy busy but they seemed to handle it pretty well We had to ask that our waters be refilled but that’s the only thing I had the lobster ravioli with shrimp which was flooded with red sauce ( the menu said vodka sauce). Nothing special. My husband had the filet mignon with asparagus and truffle mashed potatoes. He was very happy!

OT
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You CANNOT beat Carmello's for an incredible night out. Their Scotch Nite at Carmello's followed by our 7pm reservation made it a great evening.

D
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS food!!!!!!! GREAT service!!!!!
Reasonable prices!

PQ
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always...reservations are a must! Shrimp and Scallops are my favorite...save room for desert.

HS
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Three dishes were great, one was over-salted and returned. They took it off the bill. The live music singer was too loud and not very good. Otherwise, it is still one of the better places in Punta Gorda.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go often but most fun to celebrate a birthday or other celebration there

r
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had problem, when making reservation with Open Table, selecting patio seating. Not clear. But restaurant personnel were very accommodating and sat our party of 4 on the patio. Food and service were excellent.

b
Naples
179 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're always happy to dine at Carmelo's. The food is fabulous, freshly prepared, always delicious and beautifully presented. The service is outstanding, very attentive, accommodating and knowledgeable. An excellent dining experience.

RD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought the music was to loud. But I was under the speaker. Everything else was perfect

j
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food.had veal saltimbocca.could cut it with my fork with great sauce on it.good pasta fagiole soup and profiteroles for desert

GT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Carmelo's. Everything was delicious and the service was great. It was lovely to have an unhurried meal. We will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here, it will not be our last. Our server was amazing, the food amazingly delicious, hands down the best Italian food in Punta Gorda!

SH
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent. STaff always great. Best Italian food in area.

p
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been to Carmelo’s in a while. They had changed the menu from when they originally opened years ago and I didn’t care for the new menu, so we didn’t go that often. I took a look at their menu online and liked the variety, so we booked. Got to the restaurant and discovered that the online menu is not what’s being offered. Disappointed, but I did find a dish that looked intriguing and asked if they could make it with veal instead of chicken. They did and it was fabulous. Service was good, entree prices reasonable, quality of food was very good, wine prices were a bit high. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

PM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed ourselves immensely. The service was great and the food was excellent! We will definitely plan to go back to Carmelo's again! Thanks so much!

TE
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food andgreat service. Perfect for our anniversary

VL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! The food was delicious. The dessert was amazing. And our server was phenomenal!!

P
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food and service were excellent!

RH
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience with amazing food and service!

JT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Carmelo's. Food was delicious. Our waiter Mike was outstanding. Beautiful restaurant inside and out. Will definitely be back.
Side note. You get what you pay for. Well priced. Fantastic food

CR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linda was the perfect server. She was helpful, friendly and coaxed the fact it was my husband’s birthday from us ... and added a celebratory dessert for him (quietly ... she talked with us just enough so she could read us!). Perfect food, ambiance, service and night out!

SM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our second time in the past month at Carmelos. The food is fresh, authentic and well portioned. Our server on both occasions were helpful, informative and on point. The next visit will hopefully be outside on the terrace, or at the bar for the appertivo experience!

L
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here a number of times and have never been disappointed. First time ordering the BadaBing. Was very rich but tasty. Papa Carmelo was entertaining and personable adding to the table side cooking of the BadaBing.

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