Amalfi Ristorante Italiano

The American Dream With A Generous Dollop Of Italian Flavor…

The 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 restaurants.

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 cuisine.

Your Hosts

Joni Nagle
President, Owner
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.

Mario DiRosa
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

“It’s 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.”
Indianapolis Star

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