The American Dream
With A Generous Dollop Of Italian Flavor…
story of Amalfi Ristorante Italiano is the story of the
American dream. In 1991, two generations of the DiRosa family
left Naples, Italy to establish a warm and cozy restaurant
in America. The plan was to bring the family’s most
cherished recipes here and share them with food lovers who
craved the taste of authentic Italian cuisine, not the pale
imitations that pass for Italian food at American chain
Space was found tucked away in a quiet
corner on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Special care
was taken to bring the flavor of Italy to the furnishings
and decorations of the restaurant. Gorgeous Italian oil
paintings were hung to evoke the beauty and romance of a
beloved homeland. Glorious Italian music provided a relaxing
atmosphere in which meals could be truly enjoyed and the
conversation could flow for hours. The wine cellar was stocked
with exquisite selections sure to enhance any meal.
And then the family opened the doors and
started serving some of the freshest, most mouthwatering
Italian cuisine Indianapolis had ever seen. Or tasted.
Amalfi Ristorante Italiano became an instant
hit and has continued to hold a special place in the hearts
of food aficionados ever since. Today, Mario DiRosa and
his mother, Pina, continue to rule the kitchen and roll
the gnocchi, while Mario’s partner Joni runs the operations
and warmly greets all who come in search of the best Italian
Amalfi Ristorante Italiano
is located at 1351 West 86th Street, on the southeast corner
of the intersection of 86th Street and Ditch Road on the
north side of Indianapolis.
Lunch: Monday through Friday,
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dinner: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed Sundays except for private parties
Reservations are recommended
and can be made by calling us at (317) 253-4034.
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Joni Nagle applies her
extensive business experience and exceptional organizational
abilities to making sure that every guest has a wonderful
experience at Amalfi Ristorante Italiano. Joni manages and
runs the operations of the business. Joni holds an Associate
of Arts Degree from Ball State University, a Bachelor of
Arts Degree from Indiana University and a Master of Business
Administration from Anderson University.
Vice President, Owner
Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Mario DiRosa has always
had a love of authentic Italian cuisine. Mario took his
first culinary lessons from his mother, Mama Pina, then
went on to graduate from a professional culinary school
in Italy. Mario’s talents have taken him to kitchens
around the world – he has worked as a chef in numerous
fine hotels and on cruise ships. In 1991, Mario emigrated
to America in search of his dream of running his own restaurant.
What Others Are Saying
worth waiting for Mama’s authentic Italian cuisine.
Everything’s good, but don’t overlook the fresh
fish or lasagna with little veal meatballs.”
“The place to go to impress a date. Italian food served
with style and flair.”
“Rumor has it that Amalfi Ristorante Italiano makes
the best eggplant parmagiana in the city. It’s a local
favorite that deserves its stellar reputation.” Nuvo
“Italian dishes made with care, often from family recipes.
Gnocchi lovers swear these hand-rolled stuffed potato dumplings
are the best around.”
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