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Fontanella Italiano Ristorante

10412 E Independence Blvd, Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 844-0103
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Ranked #22 of 144 restaurants in Matthews
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Oct 29, 2013
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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37 reviews from our community

72% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Great lunch buffet Monday thru Friday. Reasonably priced and good food. Would have liked some bread with lunch but got by. Fresh pastas and great meatballs. If you are hungry for Italian, good place to go and get a wide variety of choices. Will go again. Opens at 11:30am.

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Mint Hill, North Carolina
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116 reviews 116 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

After church, we were both hungry. We've visited nearly all the eateries in this center but Fontanells's. It advertises an Italian Buffet. We tried it and found it to be fantastic. They have salads and cold food stuff as well as hot veggies on one side, but on the other is the pastas, the sausages, the meat balls, the parmigiana... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Ignore the few negative reviews of this restaurant - this is one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been to - even compared to my trip to Rome. Owners and chefs are actually from Italy. It also has the BEST lunch buffet you're going to get anywhere! The buffet has chicken picatta, chicken marsala, stuffed shells, cheese tortelini... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I eat lunch here on a regular basis and the lunch buffet is always fresh, hot and tasty. This is freshly prepared food and they manage to keep it that way as they serve it buffet style. My most recent visit was for dinner. I ordered the Chicken Parmesan from the menu and it was more delicious than some of... More

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New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Can not believe all the positive reviews! This is a bad take on the typical Italian/American restaurant, expensive too. Big portions of really bland (no flavor) food. The servers are very nice but clearly not very knowledgeable. Hard to put together a sensible, tasty (forget healthy!) dinner at this place.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

I tried this place based on all the great reviews. I was disappointed to say the least. Our server was great, but the buffet was bland. Everything came from frozen, and you can plainly tell that. I love chicken parmesan. But not theirs. I will never go back. Please clean the outside fountain. The algae is really bad.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

First visit today. The restaurant itself is very cute, a pretty cafe. I was encouraged because the atmosphere was so nice. Hostess seemed like she didn't want to be there. I tried making small talk on the way to meet my party, she seemed annoyed. Everyone at my table got the buffet, so I cannot review menu items. One side... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

I would say this is the best Italian anywhere in the south. We were absolutely amazed at the flavors and size of the menu. If I am ever back in the area I will be stopping in!

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Matthews, North Carolina
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Excellent buffet and a convenient location (near the Home Depot/Harris Teeter shopping center that's on both Highway 51 and Independence Blvd.) Lots of parking. Reliably good Italian food, intimate setting. They've done a great job turning a strip mall location into a pleasant place to dine--murals, fountains...you can tell they care about the experience they provide diners. Smiling wait staff... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Fontanella was my son's choice for dinner out on his birthday. We made a reservation and had a bit of a wait, but it was Saturday night at 7. Once we were seated, the pace was fast. The staff keeps the food moving, but they had no problem slowing down when we weren't ready for the next course or needed... More

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