Roswell >Food & Dining > Amalfi Ristorante
292 S Atlanta St, Roswell, GA | Directions 3007534.008275 -84.358158
Mon - Thu, 5:30pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat, 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sun, closed
My favorite Italian Food – My absolute favorite for italian food when I am in Atlanta. I have dined here as a couple and as part of a party of 60. Everytime the food is fantastic and the service superb. I would recommend this place to anyone.
If there was to be a downside, I would say that the parking is limited, so get there early.
Eat here to be treated like dirt – After calling 30 minutes ahead and then waiting in person for 90 minutes (and watching people that arrived AFTER us get seated BEFORE us), I asked the hostess nicely if we could push 2 tables together. She said she would ask. A few minutes later the manager/owner came over and asked if I had a problem. I said that we had arrived BEFORE the party of 6 that had just been seated and he said that our party of 8 (6 adults and 2 small children) could not fit at that table. I said that we would be happy to “squeeze in” since the only difference was 2 small children and since we had been waiting so long. He said “No, we cannot do that” in a rather belligerent tone. I said okay then would it be possible to push 2 empty tables (for 4) together and he flatly refused stating that he “runs this restaurant - not me!” I was absolutely flabbergasted! To be treated like that as a patron in a supposedly fine dining establishment is completely shocking to say the least. I don’t know why anyone would spend their money in a place that treats their customers with such disrespect. With this guy in the kitchen its caveat emptor for your entrée if he’s in a bad mood or you ask a simple question about getting seated. Check out some other reviews and you’ll see what I mean about this guy…
Citysearch Editorial Review – Lodged in an unassuming strip mall in Roswell, Amalfi flies under the culinary radar but many Italian Atlantans regard it as our city’s best place for southern Italian cooking. And it’s quite the scene: regulars give hugs and handshakes to boisterous owner Salvatore Mattiello while his aunt Anna does all the cooking and his uncle Alfredo can be found working the books at the end of the bar. Instant “Soprano” comparisons aside, the food is outstanding. Calamari luciana is a must-try appetizer, lightly sautéed with peppers and gently coated in a delicious red sauce. The pasta show-stopper is amatriciana, penne pasta topped with a tomato sauce accented by bacon-y pancetta. Dessert brings beautifully executed canolis and copa cafe, which tastes like a creamy-cold, coffee mousse. Dishes are simple, but are prepared with integrity and soulfulness. Amalfi is what so many Italian joints go for, but rarely get.
Great Food – Bad parking but have always been lucky. The food is great. Very friendly family run business. The bar crown is like "Cheers".
Great Italian Food. – My experience at Amalfi Italian Restaurant was bitter sweet. Food was excellent. Our greeting was rude.
Over-all great food. Clean, and comfortable.
New name! Same great place!! – My husband (a NY Italian) and I moved to GA 3 years ago and decided to try Salvatore's 'cause it's my husband's middle name. The outside is definately deceving, and unless looking for it you'll drive right by. But, it is so worth it!!! We sat at the bar where Salvatore happened to be bartending that night. He was engaging and hospitable to two new Geogians. The food was great!! Nothing fancy, just great authentic Italian. Reminds us of our favorite place back in NY. Three years later, we still go back and Salvatore and his family (literally) still take great care of us. As for the review titled "Nasty", this is a family owned place, not a "coporate" restaurant, they do not have the "Board" breathing down their necks. They'll treat you the way you treat them. Everyone I've ever brought there has been treated fantastically and like family!!
Just okay. Used to be better. – We took our parents here when they were in town. We had not been in a couple of years.
The food was good but not outstanding as I had remembered it. We will choose someplace else to show off an Atlanta restaurant.
NAME CHANGED TO AMALFI – First thing to note, Salvatore has changed the name to Amalfi, so the sign is a little confusing. But the food hasn't change apparently. My wife and I are Italian food fanatics and I study the art of it myself. This is the closest to authentic I have tasted anywhere in the South.
You cannot come here without getting the Mozarella starter, it is so amazing. I recommend the veal in the meat dishes, nice scallipone cuts cooked to perfection.
The decor and atmosphere are nothing to write home about and the service is average, the place looks like a Subway from the outside. But get over it. This is hands down the best Italian food in Atlanta.
Cannot recommend it highly enough!
Better than being in Italy – This is my favorite Italian restaurant, bar none. When you walk in, it feels as if you're returning to a familiar family kitchen filled with all of your (favorite) relatives for a celebration centered around food, drinks and laughter. Family owned and operated by 3 generations of pure Italian heritage, this restaurant is a must on your list of new places to try.
First time suggestions: Start out sharing the spicy calamari and/or the caprese salad followed by the gnocci for your main entree. Finish up with a cappuccino and the ricotta cheesecake. You'll be full, guaranteed... but it's worth every calorie.
Eat here...Got it? – Place looks like a total dump on the outside and not real nice inside either...But the food is very good...
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