Experience Louisville’s best italian american cuisine in our exclusive private dining area. We can seat your party of 12-28 people in our separate dining area. Contact us for more information. Bookings required in advanced.
Best Italian I’ve ever had!
If you like Italian, this is the place
small and great
Highly recommend this as a great experience and one you will want to repeat.
Stop looking and just eat here
The owner came out to the dining room from the kitchen several times during our stay to check on his customers and make sure everyone was satisfied. He stopped to talk to us twice and seemed interested in our comments which were all positive.
Unfortunately it's a 9 hour drive for us to go there for diner or I'd be there every week.
You need to give it a try
Best in the ‘ville
A wonderful experience
Overall, it was a great experience. The food was excellent, the prices were very reasonable and the fact that the owner came over to make sure I was happy was the icing on the cake.
They treat you like family
Go just to chat with the owner (then stay for the food)!
There was a modest, but lovely, selection of dinner items, plus the nightly special available. We had the special: pasta primavera, eggplant parmesan and chicken parmesan. After we placed our orders, the owner (I assumed he's the owner) came out and made the rounds to all the tables. He was delightful. He asked us about what we ordered and gave us details about the food and probably hung out for about 5 minutes. He did this at every table and for those who hadn't ordered, he was giving suggestions.
We had free bread before the meals and it was warm and chewy. Both the parmesan dishes were fantastic. I found the primavera to be too oily for my taste, but the pasta was well cooked and it was loaded with fresh vegetables.
We were too full to finish our meals or get dessert, so ordering a dinner to share to leave room might be a good idea.
Put This On Your List in Louisville
An exquisite dining experience
A hidden Gem. Outstanding Italian Restaurant in the heart of St. Matthews.
Great! Fabulous food!!!!
Super service and great food.
Excellent service & food
Our entrées were Zito Ala Vodka with added spicy Italian sausage. My Beau ordered chicken Parmesan. The Zito is tossed with creamy tomato, vodka sauce. while on the menu, it is offered with seared shrimp or grilled chicken, I ordered mine with spicy Italian sausage. My dish was good, but it did not match the tastings of my Beau's chicken parm. I wished I had ordered it instead. sigh!
Almost immediately after we received our meals, the owner came to our seat to ask if it was our first visit and how we found out about the restaurant. Then, he came over later to ask if we liked our meals, tell us a little about how they were prepared and say how happy he was that we chose his restaurant. It was really a nice touch to have the owner come talk to us, not once, but TWICE.
After we had eaten as much as we could stand, Gerald, our bartender boxed our take-out containers and prepared everything wonderfully. Even though he was extremely busy all night, he treated us as if he had much time to serve us. Unfortunately, we did not have room for dessert. So, we will have to try it during another visit.
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Excellent Food and Atmosphere
We will be back! Recommend!
Dishes Just Like Home in Intimate Atmosphere
Excellent Italian lunch visit… Way better than it looks from outside
Friday Night Dinner With Friends
Don't let the location or lack of parking throw you off because inside the little strip mall area there is a wonderful Italian experience just waiting for you. The restaurant is very very small and quaint. I think there are only around 15 tables so make a reservation! When we were there is was packed but it was not noisy and you could have a conversation at your table without yelling at each other. They have a small bar set up in the corner that you can also sit at.
They have a wonderful selection of wines and a extensive drink menu. My only suggestion to the is to bring out a wine bottle chiller is a customer purchases the whole bottle. Maybe I should have asked for one.
For an appetizer we ordered the Calamari. It was tender and very very good. I could have just eaten it for dinner.
Our dinners started out with salad. You have your choice of Meillo or Caesar. We had a mix at our table and everyone said they were very good. The dressing on the Meillo was excellent.
Entrees- I had the Aglio Olio with Shrimp ( An olive oil & garlic sauce tossed with angel hair pasta) If you love garlic like I do this is must. It was a little spicy because it has red pepper flakes in it but you can ask them to hold them or to go light with it. I can't wait to eat this again. My girlfriend also had this and loved it.
My husband ordered Pasta with Meatball & Italian Sausage. He said it was very good. I honestly can't remember what my friends husband had because I was so into my own food..lol..or maybe it was the wine.
We ended the night with their homemade Lemoncello Cake. OH MY GOODNESS it was like eating lemon flavored air. I could eat it everyday. I have never had a cake so light and fluffy. As a foodie this was just to die for.
The staff is family and I loved that. The owners The Melillo Family are such warm and welcoming people. We had no idea that the chef, hostess and our waitress was family. They ended up talking to us through out the night and it made me want to come back and eat again and again. It's like one big happy Italian family. Just go and enjoy your evening. I might see you there.
The place for foodies
It may be our first time but I promise, it won’t be our last!
Locals place, They know where to good food is
Food and service was excellent.
The owner stopped by the table and chatted for awhile.
We definitely will be back when in town again.
Put this on you list to have dinner here. A must.
Can’t wait to go back
Delicious, really delicious
Another great meal
Real Italian food that is amazing!
Terrific place, nice evening
Our starter was a perfectly mixed Manhatten and a glass of wine. Good mixed cocktails are a dying art. We followed with a antipasto plate that, for the money, was absolutely incredible. Several kinds of meat, olives, chees, a small sausage made this a a keeper. It was amply supplied and the perfect plate. We followed with chicken parmigiana and baked ziti. Not gourmet by any stretch but just plain good stuff. We darn near ate the enamel off the plates.
Price was in the mid range. I have had less for a whole lot more. I thought it was perfectly priced.
Service was stellar. Fully attentive and more than pleasant. And fun! This is a family run operation and the owner made several visits to our table. We wished we could have spend the evening with him chatting it up. Much fun. He clearly loves his food and his restaurant and it all shows. Give this a try. You won’t regret.
OMG! Every Bite Was Delicious!
New Favorite Locally Owned Spot
Great Customer Service
PERFECT 35 Year Anniversary Dinner
Great Traditional East Coast Italian American Food
We really love the way the food is prepared and Silvio will prepare the dish the way you want so you can be creative when ordering. I asked him for capellini aglio e oilo with anchovy and capers--he delivered a delicious rendition that reminded me of how it tasted growing up in the Italian section of Brooklyn. He explained that he gets some of his ingredients from New York and New Jersey and you can tell by the taste.
Be sure to make a reservation--it is always packed.
Great local neighborhood restaurant
What a Great Italian Ristorante
We split the Melillo salad, which was nice and fresh. She ordered the baked ziti and I the Eggplant Parmigiana. Upon tasting each other’s dish, we decided we love what we each ordered the best.
The owner-chef strolled among the tables to make sure everyone was having a grand time. We were.
While it was our first time, we are already planning to return with friends and relatives.