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Fontanella Italiano Ristorante

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10412 E Independence Blvd, Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 844-0103
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Italian Food

Great Italian Food and Service. You will leave there full and with a box. You can even split a meal and leave full. Smaller restaurant great for family, couples and special occasions. My wife and I have been several times including anniversaries.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
XWagonmaster
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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39 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Great Italian Food and Service. You will leave there full and with a box. You can even split a meal and leave full. Smaller restaurant great for family, couples and special occasions. My wife and I have been several times including anniversaries.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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249 reviews 249 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I visited this restaurant today and had the buffet. It had stuffed shells spaghetti and meatballs chicken marsala fettuccine Alfredo and pizza along with other things. It was 10 dollars including drink and taxes. Good value for the money and the food was good. I would go again.

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112 reviews 112 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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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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87 reviews 87 reviews
48 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
38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

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
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

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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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10412 E Independence Blvd, Matthews, NC 28105
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Matthews
  • Phone Number: (704) 844-0103

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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