Amalfi’s sets table for late May opening

Article Published: May. 17, 2012 | Modified: May. 17, 2012
Amalfi’s sets table for late May opening

From left, Vincent Spina and Tony Costagliola are opening Amalfi’s, an Italian restaurant, in Boone.

Photo by Karen Sabo

The co-owners of Boone’s newest Italian restaurant may be the newest local authorities on that region’s cuisine.

They do have an advantage, however, since they’re actually Italian.

Tony Costagliola and Vincent Spina are childhood friends from Naples, Italy, and they each own a restaurant called Amalfi’s. Costagliola’s is in Wilkesboro, and Spina’s in Statesville, and now they’re opening a restaurant together in Boone. They’ve decided to call it Amalfi.

“Four eyes and hands are better than two,” Costagliola said of why he and his longtime pal are going into business as a pair.

He explained that they both have families, and while they will run the restaurant together in the beginning, they hope to share duties in order to spend time at home, as well. But Costagliola and Spina frequently reiterate that everyone is welcome to enjoy their new restaurant.
They stress that Boone’s Amalfi’s is a family-oriented restaurant.

“No full bar,” Costagliola said, explaining that among the events held in their new establishment will be wine tastings, along with live music. “Everybody’s welcome.”

The pair established that this Amalfi’s is about reasonably priced, true Italian cuisine. Their meals will start at $4.95 for soups and salads, and will reach the low $20 range for more expensive specials. And for patrons who have always wanted to travel to Italy to explore the various cuisines, they can leave their passport at home and visit this new restaurant.

Costagliola and Spina will have a “food tour” of Italy in Boone’s Amalfi’s, featuring rotating specials from the 20 Italian regions, each of which has its own distinct gastronomy. Diners can return weekly to try a new geographic and culinary adventure. Those curious about the town of Amalfi, after which the restaurant is named, can sit with a view of the hand-painted mural depicting the beautiful waterfront village.

In addition, the menu will feature authentic Italian desserts, such as tiramisu, rum cake and limoncello cake, a light dessert featuring Italy’s famous lemon liqueur. “Desserts you won’t find in a grocery store,” Costagliola said.

They have had to do some major remodeling to change the space on Rivers Street in Boone, which formerly housed Frankie’s Pizza and the Mellow Mushroom before that, into an inviting and family-friendly restaurant able to accommodate the creation of more complicated Italian dishes.

Unfortunately, the remodel has taken longer than they’d anticipated.

A sign posted outside reads “Opening in April,” but their renovations have been more extensive than they had hoped. They intend to have a soft opening at the end of May, with an official grand opening in early June.

Regarding their relocation from their mother country to the mountains of North Carolina, the pair agreed that because of the climate and geography, this region reminds them of home.

“And, you know,” Costagliola said, “America is still the land of opportunity.”

Amalfi’s will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, starting at the end of May. The restaurant is located at 957 Rivers Street in Boone.

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