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“Cozy Authentic Italian with Great Service, Food & Atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fat Clemenza's

Fat Clemenza's
12273 Us 98, Destin, FL 32550
(850) 650-5980
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Ranked #11 of 246 Restaurants in Destin
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
NE Ohio
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18 restaurant reviews
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“Cozy Authentic Italian with Great Service, Food & Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We tried this restuarant based on the TripAdvisor reviews and location (close to where we were staying). We were looking for a good, local, non-chain Italian place...and Fat Clemenza's definately fit the bill. It's small, but cozy and menu was very good...offering a nice variety from appetizers, pasta dishes, as well as some local seafood dishes.

Our table ordered several appetizers (shimp diablo, calimari and olive salad) that we all pretty good. Entrees were also very good. Most dishes are cooked in their wood-fired oven. My wife and I shared a calzone and lasagna...both were good, but the calzone dough was cooked beautifully (not overly bready or greasy). The rest of our table either had pasta, veal or chicken dishes that all were very good as well. The fresh bread and house dressing are both very good as well.

We have outstanding service during our entire meal and would highly recommend the cozy, authentic Italian restaurant to anyone. It's also nice that it's just off of Hwy98 out of the way a bit.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Auburn
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151 reviews 151 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Pretty good, not fabulous”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

After reading how awesome it was on Trip Advisor, we decided to try it. The garlic bread was outstanding! The pizza was good but we've definitely had better. One son ordered fettuccine & my guys all agreed it was better than the pizza.

Visited July 2014
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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188 reviews 188 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
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563 helpful votes 563 helpful votes
“Faster than average, average pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We found the service to be a tad slow to start, but picked up after ten minutes. The food arrived quickly and is your normal Italian. Average tasting pizzas. Quite expensive for what you get.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great place! ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Definitely need a reservation, so glad we made one for our party of 8! We got there 10 minutes before they opened and the door was open so we went in, waiter was extremely nice but someone from back of kitchen yelled up front "don't they know how to read the clock?", waiter seemed embarrassed. But the food was absolutely spot on! Will go back because the waiter and food was outstanding!

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cleveland
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“Very good dinner and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The restaurant was very busy and not a lot of seating. We called ahead and got seated with 10 minutes upon arrival. The food was great, we had pizza, calzone , lobster ravioli, and chicken alfredo. The salads were fresh and tasty. This was a great find and all 4 of us enjoyed our dinners.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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